Category Archives: Italian

Easter Brunch Americano

If you are hosting Easter Brunch, consider this departure from the usual Mimosa.  Martha Stewart featured this cocktail in her April issue and it is a winner!  I love the bitterness and vivid color of Campari. Martha’s recipe calls for … Continue reading

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Clams With Bacon And Pasta in White Wine Broth

The best thing about coming home from a trip to the beach is coming home with some clams to cook for dinner.  Be sure to have some crusty bread on hand for dunking.  Serves 4-6 1/2 lb. small pasta, such … Continue reading

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Poached Cod with Tomato and Saffron

This is a wonderfully easy, quick, healthy dish that I adapted from Bon Appetit.  I doubled the recipe for eight people, and served 6 oz. portions instead of 5 oz. portions, which are harder to find.  Serve this with lots … Continue reading

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Almond Apricot Amaretti

Amaretti are traditional Italian cookies made with almonds, sugar, and egg whites.  If you buy amaretti they are usually quite crispy and crunchy.  These amaretti are soft and chewy on the inside and a bit crisp around the edges.  In … Continue reading

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Fig and Ricotta Canapes

This is a gorgeous fall dish to start a dinner party.  The homemade ricotta really makes the dish.  If that’s just not in the cards, then I would substitute mascarpone. 1 french baguette, sliced thinly 1 C. fresh ricotta click … Continue reading

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Oven Dried Tomatoes

If you are like me you have way more tomatoes than you can eat this year.  Preserve your cherry tomatoes by drying them in a low oven.  Pack them in olive oil and store them in the fridge practically indefinitely.  … Continue reading

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Swordfish with Caramelized Corn and Fennel

I love the way fennel becomes so sweet and mellow when you saute it.  The combination of corn and fennel makes for a sweet, nutty side dish that could accompany any of your favorite summertime entrees.  I used fresh corn … Continue reading

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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Herbs

This dish tastes like summer in a bowl!  Full of flavor and protein, this salad can be a main course or a tasty side dish.  This is perfect to make on a hot day since you can roast the eggplant … Continue reading

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Squash, Kale, and Barley Soup

This soup seems sort of hearty for this time of year but here in Portland we have been having some pretty dreary days.  I’ve said this before, but soup is my favorite thing to make.  I generally prefer smooth soups … Continue reading

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Saffron Orzo

Risotto is one of my favorite things to eat, but with all the time and stirring, it’s not really one of my favorite things to make.  This orzo gives you a very similar texture and taste of risotto without all … Continue reading

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