Poached Pears Step-by-Step

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Step-by-step Cooking, Sweet Treats | 2 comments

Poached Pears Step-by-Step

Poached pears. The perfect dessert. Healthy. Warm (in the winter), or cool (in the summer). A little bit sweet, but not too. And easy to make! The first time I enjoyed poached pears was when my neighbor, Mariangela, brought them to our Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. As you probably already know, Italians usually have fruit at the end of their meals, rather than rich American-type desserts. Part of their famous Mediterranean diet that is healthier than ours. Every since Mariangela brought them to our dinner,...

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Great Gravy even without Turkey Drippings!

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 in Holidays, Sauces, Condiments & Garnishes | 0 comments

Great Gravy even without Turkey Drippings!

If you bake a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey, you won't have good drippings for making a good gravy. However, you can still make a tasty gravy if you follow these steps.

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A warm bowl of Pasta and Ceci on a rainy, cold night

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 in Soups & Stews, Step-by-step Cooking | 0 comments

A warm bowl of Pasta and Ceci on a rainy, cold night

I love this soup. It's healthy, tasty, satisfying and inexpensive. A few Parmesan cheese cubes hidden in each bowl add a unexpected morsel of yumminess!

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Peanut Butter Recall? I’ll make my own!

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 in Sauces, Condiments & Garnishes | 4 comments

Peanut Butter Recall? I’ll make my own!

Making your own peanut butter is as easy as pie. Well, now that you mention it, it's much easier than making a pie! Learn how to make it here!

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Roasted Eggplant with Lentils and Bulgur Step-by-Step

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 in Main Dishes & Pasta, Step-by-step Cooking, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Roasted Eggplant with Lentils and Bulgur Step-by-Step

With the recent changes to our diet (eating little/no dairy, meat and sugar), we are having a great time sampling new recipes! Today I’m going to share one of my new favorites that combines legumes and whole grain to provide a complete protein. It can be served as a main dish, or as a side to some roasted chicken, pork or beef. While this Roasted Eggplant with Lentil and Bulgur Stuffing has a couple of steps, it isn’t really too complicated and it makes a large batch (serves 8) so you can enjoy it for...

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Making Lemon Roses to use as garnish

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 in Blog, Sauces, Condiments & Garnishes | 0 comments

Follow my step-by-step photo instructions to learn how to make these lovely Lemon Roses. A few mint, basil or rose leaves give added interest to your garnish.

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