Bret’s Mediterranean Style Mussels & Clams with Pasta Aglio Olio & Marinated Killer Tomatoes!

Are you a fan of the Mediterranean sea? Food that is! Today’s gorgeous offering, by talented self-taught Chef and honorary Sicilian Bret Clark, is a stunning display of culinary, ocean treasures of which Poseidon would enthusiastically approve. This buttery Mediterranean sea presentation is paired with simple, yet extremely flavorful, garlicky Pasta Aglio Olio and the appropriately named…

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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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Breakfast Pizza: Greens Eggs & Ham-Paleo & Traditional Recipes

  Paleo is the ultimate “go to” way of eating these days. So, I’ve decided to convert as many of my recipes into Paleo versions as possible. However, I will also add the traditional recipes as well for the “non-Paleo crowd. 2 in 1! My promise to you: These Paleo recipes will not be slight…

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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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Replace Bottled Sauce with 20 Minute Magnificent Marinara

  While there are hundreds of amazing brands of pasta sauces on the market, I don’t buy bottled sauce anymore…period. Here’s why. This rich, thick, bubbly brew costs about $3.50-$4 a batch, possesses all of the freshness under the Tuscan sun and puts a smile on the face of everyone who consumes it. The Mmmms are infinite! Reasons…

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Salade Nicoise

  Nicoise Salad, or Salade Nicoise is a delectable, customary, bright, summer salad originating from Nice in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in France. Typically, utilizing produce from the open markets and balanced with distinctive Provencal seasonings. Commonly known as Salade Nicoise, this classic salad is in harmony with the cooking style of the invigorating, sunny…

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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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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 seemingly never good to encounter. Some people live in fear of Friday the 13th. They’ll have to get through May 13 the best they can this year, but…

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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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Pico de Gallo aka Salsa Fresca

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo literally means beak of rooster. Legend has it that fighting cocks are calmed by their handlers by placing the rooster’s head in their mouth. Yum! 😉 It is said that darkness causes birds to immediately begin the sleep cycle. Often as soon as the handler puts the bird’s head…

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