Tag Archives: gluten free

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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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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Easy Potato and Fennel Soup with Parsley Pistou

This hearty and homey soup is super rich and creamy, even though it’s completely dairy free. Even better, it’s quick enough to make on a weeknight! The pistou adds a little spicy brightness. Serves 4 to 6 3 T. olive … Continue reading

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Toasted Coconut Energy Bars

If you regularly buy Larabars, Lunabars, or other energy bar, you should really try these!  They are easy and quick to make, and if you buy ingredients in bulk, you will save some money in the process.  At my local … Continue reading

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Almond Apricot Amaretti

Hands down, my family’s favorite holiday cookie! 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 … Continue reading

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Swordfish with Bacon and Cherry Tomatoes

There is something about the combination of swordfish and bacon that just works!  Throw in some white wine and cherry tomatoes and you’ve got a restaurant quality dish in about 15 minutes.  This dish would also work really well with … Continue reading

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Easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

August in Portland usually means everyone with a garden is trying to do two things: give away tomatoes and zucchini, and think of other things to make than Caprese salad and zucchini bread. My wonderful neighbor Jenny had an abundance … Continue reading

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