Category Archives: Italian

Cauliflower Mushroom Gratin

A gratin is a dish that is baked with a breadcrumb topping. This deliciousness could be a vegan main dish or a side dish with pasta to round out the meal.  I use Earth Balance as a butter substitute whenever … Continue reading

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Rice Salad with Roasted Grapes

Rice salad is an old idea, but for some reason it’s taken me a long time to embrace it.  I’m so glad I have!  It’s the perfect side dish to go with pretty much any entrée. The premise: toss cooked … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Secret-Veggie-Packed Turkey Bolognese

My family loves pasta.  My youngest son doesn’t like “things” in the sauce.  By “things” I mean all the flavorful additions that a good tomato sauce needs, like onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and herbs.  He doesn’t want bits of onions … Continue reading

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Sicilian Almond Cookies

Anything almond flavored is nostalgic for me.  The smell of almond extract transports me back to my childhood summer visits to Sicily.  Once, when visiting my Nonna’s house in Siracusa, my dad arrived with a platter of bakery-bought almond cookies.  … Continue reading

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Grilled Make-Your-Own Pita Pizza

Get your family in on the cooking with these easy make-your-own pizzas.  Start with store-bought whole pitas, naan, or flatbreads.  I love Greek pita because it’s soft and pillowy and grills up nicely without getting too crunchy.  We used Pomi … Continue reading

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Delicata Squash Gratin

Delicata squash is a favorite of mine not just for its subtle, nutty flavor, but for the fact that the peel is so thin you can eat it!  It’s so nice to be able to skip the peeling step in … Continue reading

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Fresh Tomato Pesto

When the tomatoes are ripe and get that intense flavor of summer I love to come up with different uses for them.  This is an uncooked sauce that can be tossed with any type of pasta.  We used it for … Continue reading

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