Tortelloni Italia Italian Pasta Salad

  Today, during pasta week, we continue in the theme of Italia. This time using delectable aged cheese filled puffs of pasta. Mmm! For those not aware, Tortelloni are stuffed pasta, the same shape as tortellini, but a bit larger. They are usually stuffed with various types of aged cheeses and or ricotta and leafy…

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Tuscan Panzanella-Italian Bread Salad

This week we will be exploring the wonders of salad–standalone, sandwich fillers, ethnic-based, potato packed and even an unusual, colorful veggie cornucopia! Today, I’m starting out with an old world,  Italian, family favorite-Panzanella. This fresh, colorful spring and summertime salad offers an incredible and flavorful marriage of tastes–savory, salty, tangy, pungent and sweet. You may…

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Crunchy Thai Cashew Salad

The undeniable simplicity of this salad is astounding! The crunchy astringent taste of cucumbers, the sweet crisp edge of carrots, cashews and red peppers, the pungent, licorice notes of  cilantro and basil and the spicy, salty, sweet and sourness of lime, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and chili produces a memorable flavor explosion that you…

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Romantic Indoor Valentine’s Picnic Featuring Nicoise Salad

It’s Romance week; dedicated to all hearts filled with love and devotion. Are you searching for ways to whisk away your Valentine to Romance land? Why not try an indoor picnic at home? Where you ask? Look no further than your living room floor… Lay out a crisp, new tablecloth, scatter with rose petals, light…

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7 Prosperous Good Luck Foods for the New Year

“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way. Fish Fish are…

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Chicken Paillard with Creamy Parmesan Herb & Bocconcini Salad

Chicken Paillard with Creamy Parmesan Herb & Bocconcini Salad 4 servings Lavender, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme—sounds like a classic oldies Simon & Garfunkel tune. However, they are actually the herbs that accompany this scrumptious, quick and savory chicken salad which offers the delightful marriage of flavors of salty pungent olive tapenade, crisp, astringent herb salad, creamy,…

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Golden Lemony 4th of July Potato Salad Featuring Dijon & Dill

This creamy slightly piquant salad is paired with the rich, sweet, soft texture and pleasant aroma of dill and spicy Dijon; kissed with white wine and seasonings. It makes the perfect traveling or stay at home picnic fare. Alongside fried or barbecued chicken, or anything grilled, you have a complete culinary celebration. Delectable! Ingredients: 3…

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Thai Cashew Salad

The undeniable simplicity of this salad is astounding! The crunchy astringent taste of the cucumbers, the sweet crisp edge of the carrots, cashews and red peppers, the pungent, licorice notes of the cilantro and basil and the spicy, salty, sweet and sourness of the lime, soy and vinegar and chili produces a memorable flavor explosion…

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Your Last Minute July 4th Appetizer: Stuffed Italian Salad Shells

Where’s the marinara?! Where’s the ricotta?! Not in these delectably gorgeous stuffed pasta shells with a twist! Yes, time to think outside the box…pasta box and incorporate “chopped” salad that is. 🙂 I’ve found these crunchy delectables transport well, so they’re great appetizers for parties, picnics and gatherings. What I noticed most was how quickly…

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7 Lucky Foods For Friday the 13th; Combat the Bad & Make It Good!

Superstitions abound on this day; the dreaded Friday the 13th. Visions of black cats crossing your path, walking under open ladders, seeing the triple digits 666; all never good to encounter,  but for a February, what with it having fewer days as it is, but it’s not the first time this has happened and it…

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