Mother’s Day Appetizer Suggestion: Arancini ~Recipes by Chefkreso

Even though it’s been a few days since I came back home from the seaside it’s like I’m still there. The perfect blue sky without a cloud in sight, and a golden sun waking me up every morning. Even the wind in the cold streets of Zagreb reminds me of a light salty breeze coming […]…

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Greek Pita — Cheryl “Cheffie Cooks” Wiser

1/4 cup Greek Yogurt, 1/2 Lemon (juice only), 4 Pitas (toasted), Using ground Lamb or Beef (16 ounces) minced garlic clove, 1/4 onion-diced finely, 1 teaspoon oregano, black pepper, to taste, saute meat crumble as you cook it, add seasonings, drain any excess fat. 1/2 cup Feta cheese crumbles, one diced tomato, lettuce of your…

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Quattro Formaggi Pizza Margherita

It’s Pizza Week here at Once Upon a Spice and I wanted to begin by sharing the simple, but amazingly impressive Pizza Margherita. PLEASE NOTE: This pie is no slouch! The intense flavors of this remarkable, straightforward, herb-filled, cheesy, molten, pie of love can stand up to any meat-packed version. The marriage of the essence of these…

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Pasta Alla Puttanesca Una Pentola-One Pot!

 Una Pentola One Pot!  The featured photo with Brio displayed on the plate of the cascading Puttanesca is not my own, but it is my namesake so I simply had to share 🙂 The history of pasta Puttanesca carries many colorful Italian folk tales. This slightly salty, piquant pasta sauce is full of flavors that…

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Sopa de Albóndigas Mexican Meatball Soup

Though this incredibly delicious, multi-faceted soup stems from Mexico, it’s been said that the actual name albondigas has Middle Eastern roots. The word “al” in Arabic translates to “the” in English, and “el” in Spanish. The name for the soup is likely some variation of “al-bunduq” which means “hazelnut” and could be meant to represent…

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Magnificent Marinara; 20 Minutes to Pasta Perfection

Marinara became a catchall term for tomato sauce in Italy because its ingredients are all plentiful in Campania, the area around Naples that sent so many families to the United States in the last century. Italian-American cooks treated it as a multifunctional ingredient: a starting point for other sauces, the base of soups, the acid…

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Preserve Your Superb Herbs!

Is your basil bushy? And your oregano out of hand? Yes, we all have wonderful intentions for our herb gardens and get overly zealous and buy every potted herb in sight at the nursery during the onset of summer, but now what? Preserve your herbs! It’s simple quick and tastefully easy! Dig out your ice…

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