Strawberry Shortcake, Gluten Free

Strawberry Shortcake, the classic summertime dessert, made with sun ripened strawberries piled on top of a buttery shortcake and finished with a large dollop of freshly whipped cream is a taste of heaven and this one is gluten free. When I had strawberry shortcake growing up, it certainly wasn’t like the one I’m sharing with […]

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Broccoli And Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with smoky bacon, pine nuts and raisins is an updated version of a classic broccoli salad that appeared at most potluck dinners and backyard barbecues that I attended as a young girl growing up in Texas. I loved it but my mother never made the salad because my father didn’t like broccoli. […]

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Coffee Panna Cotta

Coffee Panna Cotta is a softly set, almost delicate Italian dessert of lightly sweetened cream flavored with coffee and a little vanilla. Each spoonful of this cool, silky smooth dessert seems to melt in your mouth almost instantly making it the perfect ending to even the biggest meal. This elegant little dessert can be prepared in a […]

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Pollo Con Wasakaka

Picture yourself living in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language and having to order a meal. The first time I saw Pollo Con Wasakaka, a traditional and very popular Dominican dish, was on a menu in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I knew that “pollo” was chicken but what was a “wasakaka” and was it […]

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Sesame Beef With Snow Peas

Sesame Beef With Snow Peas is my version of a popular Chinese dish but it is much better than what you can get from your neighborhood takeout. Flavorful strips of sirloin steak, tender-crisp snow peas and onions are cooked in a delicious garlic ginger sauce. This recipe is so tasty that I’ve even prepared it for […]

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Lamb Shanks With Olives And Apricots

Braised Lamb Shanks With Olives And Apricots is one of the most flavorful and aromatic lamb dishes I’ve ever prepared thanks to the wonderful spice blend known as ras el hanout, which is Arabic for “top of the shop”. If you walked into the shop of a Moroccan or North African spice merchant and asked for a […]

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Pasta With Beans And Greens

A steamy bowl of  Pasta With Beans And Greens is a comforting, delicious and yet healthy meal. Prepared in under 30 minutes from the simplest of ingredients, this Italian dish is also budget friendly, making it perfect to serve your family during the week. Meals like this are often referred to as Italian peasant food […]

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Tortellini With Butternut Squash, Brown Butter And Sage

Tortellini With Butternut Squash, Brown Butter And Sage is a simple but savory pasta dish that you must try. The nuttiness of browned butter and the subtle flavor of fried sage leaves both complement the caramelized sweetness of oven roasted butternut squash that is tossed with cheese stuffed tortellini. It is so easy to prepare […]

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Grilled Calamari, Shrimp And Arugula Salad

Grilled Calamari, Shrimp And Arugula Salad is based on dish you will find at many restaurants all along the Mediterranean coastline of Italy and France. During our travels to this region, my husband and I try to order fresh seafood as often as we can. It is often simply brushed with fruity olive oil, sprinkled […]

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Summer Strawberries…Sweet And Savory

Sweet, succulent berries are one of the pleasures of summer. In New England, blueberries are probably the most popular summer berry but my personal favorite is strawberries. Strawberries have been in the market for months now but with white tops and no sweet smell, it is easy to see that they have been shipped in […]

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