Appetizers (15)

Mediterranean Tri-Colored Appetizer

Are you looking for a fabulous appetizer? This is it! One of my absolute favorites because the Mediterranean flavors are so delicious--but it can be prepared several days ahead, making it so convenient!

Cheese Ball Recipe

In our desire to always press on to new things, we sometimes leave behind favorites from the past--such as this easy, and delicious cheese ball. It's probably been decades since you tried it, right? For Thanksgiving I shaped the balls into pumpkins for a festive, fall look.

Antipasto Skewers Recipe

These simple but tasty appetizers are a great way to serve traditional antipasto ingredients. They can be prepared the day before and refrigerated until serving time. Or, just have the ingredients ready and let some of your guests help thread them on the skewers--quick and easy!

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Beverages (4)

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

This is not Hot Chocolate out of a box. This is luscious, rich Belgian hot chocolate. Just use good-quality chocolate and you can make it wherever you live--even if you don't live in Belgium. And don't wait until next Christmas--this is a winter beverage you can enjoy all season long!

Bicerin Coffee Recipe

This rich, decadent coffee was made famous in Torino, Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries.It is usually served in a clear class or cup so you can admire the mouth-watering melange of colors--but it tastes exactly the same in a regular mug. Delicious.

Italian Lemonade Recipe

Adding fresh basil to your lemonade gives it a surprising twist that goes so well with Italian food! I generally serve water with the meal, but it's fun to offer a unique drink with appetizers.

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Bread & Breakfast (15)

Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes

I feel like eating these delicious pancakes is a little like ordering a Big Mac and then a diet Coke! These are good-for-you breakfast fare--until you slather them with peanut butter, top them with fruit and then drizzle them with lots of syrup. But hey, you got to save calories somewhere! So start with the pancakes--then top them as you like.

Brutti Ma Buoni Breakfast Cookies

The Italians make a delicious cookie called "Brutti Ma Buoni". The literal translation is Ugly But Good! Isn't that a fabulous name? I recently made what I would consider the breakfast version of Brutti Ma Buoni--healthy, delicious cookies--that are a little homely.

Butterhorn Rolls Recipe

Mix up the dough for these yummy dinner rolls the night before...and enjoy fresh rolls with your dinner the following day!

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Main Dishes & Pasta (32)

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Sage Butter Recipe

The subtle flavor of sage marries well with the creamy sweet potato filling!

Spicy Peanut Sauce Three Ways

This spicy peanut sauce is so versatile! I've added it to a chicken stir fry, a healthy vegan one-bowl meal with sweet potatoes, and even thinned it down to use as a salad dressing in a Spring Roll Salad. I think it would be good on almost anything!

Cannellini Hummus Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The creamy cannellini hummus is full of flavor from the sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan and garlic. Serve it over pasta for a quick and easy meal. What a great way to combine carbs (legumes and whole grains) for a complete protein that's delicious and satisfying!

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Chicken and Turkey (11)

Spicy Peanut Sauce Three Ways

This spicy peanut sauce is so versatile! I've added it to a chicken stir fry, a healthy vegan one-bowl meal with sweet potatoes, and even thinned it down to use as a salad dressing in a Spring Roll Salad. I think it would be good on almost anything!

Brining & Baking a Whole Turkey

Alton Brown and The Pioneer Woman are two of my favorite cooks! I not only love their humor, but their dependable recipes. So when I began brining turkeys, I drew largely from their expertise in creating this recipe.

Simple Brined Turkey Breasts

As the name describes, this is a simple method to use in brining a turkey to help keep it moist and give it lots of flavor.

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Meat (Beef, Pork, Lamb) (3)

Lamb Chops & Side Dishes in Our Italian Easter Feast 2012

Our Italian Easter Feast continues...with Herb and Lemon Marinated Lamb Chops and two spring salads. The Green Bean and Asparagus Vinaigrette is delicious warm, or cold. And the Grated Carrot Salad is crisp and fresh, and adds a lovely bright color to the dinner plate.

Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Spice Rub

I love cooking with tenderloins (chicken or pork) because they are nearly always tender, as the name implies, and with no bone and little fat, there is very little waste. In some countries, such as Italy and Germany, it is called Filet of Pork. By searing it before baking the oven time is shortened, it makes a great option for Easter dinner.

Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe

A nice Polynesian dish for a little variety on my menu. The sweet and sour combination is often a favorite for kids.

One-dish Meals (15)

Cannellini Hummus Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The creamy cannellini hummus is full of flavor from the sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan and garlic. Serve it over pasta for a quick and easy meal. What a great way to combine carbs (legumes and whole grains) for a complete protein that's delicious and satisfying!

Roasted Eggplant with Lentils and Bulgur Recipe

This versatile dish can be served as a main course or as a side. It's earthy and healthy! Stuff the eggplant skins with the stuffing for impressive single servings.

Creamy Parmesan Polenta Recipe

This is comfort food at its best. Polenta is very popular in the mountainous regions of northern Italy. As with pasta, there are about 101 ways to serve it.

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Pasta (8)

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Sage Butter Recipe

The subtle flavor of sage marries well with the creamy sweet potato filling!

Cannellini Hummus Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The creamy cannellini hummus is full of flavor from the sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan and garlic. Serve it over pasta for a quick and easy meal. What a great way to combine carbs (legumes and whole grains) for a complete protein that's delicious and satisfying!

Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

This is not your typical lasagna, but it's delicious and light. The creamy, cheesy white sauce (Bechamel) pairs well with the spinach and mushrooms. I made this for the first course for our daughter's wedding reception dinner. Love the convenience of making it ahead and freezing it!

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Seafood (3)

Risotto Recipe

Risotto is a creamy rice dish with about 101 variations. Many Italians enjoy it as a primo (first course) but it can easily be served as a main dish. The creamy texture comes from the right type of rice, a lot of stirring and the addition of lots of yummy Parmesan.

Crispy Salmon Patties Recipe

I like to keep a couple of cans of salmon on hand for this convenient and tasty last-minute meal.

Fish Baked in Parchment Recipe

What a fun way to fix fish! Make a single serving, or let your guests (or your kids) choose their own combination of veggies and herbs for a creative dinner. And clean-up is easy--just throw out the parchment!

Vegetarian (8)

Cannellini Hummus Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The creamy cannellini hummus is full of flavor from the sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan and garlic. Serve it over pasta for a quick and easy meal. What a great way to combine carbs (legumes and whole grains) for a complete protein that's delicious and satisfying!

Roasted Eggplant with Lentils and Bulgur Recipe

This versatile dish can be served as a main course or as a side. It's earthy and healthy! Stuff the eggplant skins with the stuffing for impressive single servings.

Pineapple Quinoa Salad with Sweet Curry Vinaigrette Recipe

The unique blend of pineapple and curry gives this dish a delightful combination of flavors. My daughter makes this with cilantro, but my husband isn't a big fan so I substituted mint instead. Either one brings freshness to the salad. Serve chilled on a bed of greens, or at room temperature.

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Sandwiches (2)

My New Favorite Sandwich — Brie with Figs

The combination of soft cheese, sweet fig preserves, and tart arugula makes this a delicious sandwich!

Let’s go to the beach…with an Egg and Onion Sandwich

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Sauces & Condiments (6)

How to Make Greek Yogurt

Making your own Greek yogurt--or yogurt "cheese"--is so easy! And healthy too, when made with lowfat yogurt.

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe

This quick and easy tomato sauce is terrific for pizza, or any dish calling for tomato sauce.

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Pesto is one of my favorite Italian foods! It is a delightful, vibrant sauce used to coat pasta--and it's especially wonderful on fresh pasta! I often make triple batches of it in late summer, when my basil plant is huge, and freeze it to enjoy in the winter. The fragrance of fresh basil on a cold winter day...nothing like it!

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Sides (27)

Quick and Easy Kale Chips

If you have a craving for salty snacks--why not make some kale chips? They're light, crispy, delicious and nutritious. Plus they're quick and easy to make.

Super Duper Vegetables

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Spicy Peanut Sauce Three Ways

This spicy peanut sauce is so versatile! I've added it to a chicken stir fry, a healthy vegan one-bowl meal with sweet potatoes, and even thinned it down to use as a salad dressing in a Spring Roll Salad. I think it would be good on almost anything!

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Salads & Salad Dressings (10)

Spicy Peanut Sauce Three Ways

This spicy peanut sauce is so versatile! I've added it to a chicken stir fry, a healthy vegan one-bowl meal with sweet potatoes, and even thinned it down to use as a salad dressing in a Spring Roll Salad. I think it would be good on almost anything!

Avocado & Edamame Bean Salad Recipe

A creamy dressing is served over lettuce, avocados and edamame beans adds flavor and nutrition to dinner tonight!

Broccoli Salad Recipe

We love this oldy-but-goldy recipe! And so do most Europeans I serve it to! The unique blend of flavors is so tasty! I hope the healthy goodness of the raw broccoli offsets the "badness" of the mayo and sugar in the dressing.

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Vegetables (13)

Quick and Easy Kale Chips

If you have a craving for salty snacks--why not make some kale chips? They're light, crispy, delicious and nutritious. Plus they're quick and easy to make.

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Green Bean & Asparagus Vinaigrette Recipe

Made with fresh green beans and asparagus, this delicious side dish can conveniently be served either warm or at room temperature. The lemon and fresh herbs combine so well with the toasted nuts and shaved cheese!

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Soups & Stews (12)

Chicken, Almond & Sweet Potato Soup (with a vegan alternative)

An easy, nutritious soup with a bouquet of flavors!

Pasta and Ceci (Chickpeas) Recipe

An Italian favorite, this Pasta and Ceci (Chickpea) soup is hearty and healthy. I love the subtle undertones of rosemary and sage, and processing half of the chickpeas gives a nice creaminess to this tasty soup.

Creamy Parmesan Polenta Recipe

This is comfort food at its best. Polenta is very popular in the mountainous regions of northern Italy. As with pasta, there are about 101 ways to serve it.

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Sweet Treats (31)

Belgian Chocolate Tart Recipe

I love the creamy richness of this tart...I've only made it with Belgian chocolate but I'm sure any good quality chocolate will work well. It's easy and it's luscious.

Fresh Coconut Cake–Make it Patriotic!

This luscious cake uses fresh--or fresh, frozen--coconut and has to be made 2-3 days ahead of serving so all that moisture soaks into the cake, making it one of the best cakes you'll ever eat!

Chocolate Irish Coffee Mousse for Two

This easy but elegant dessert is perfect for a special dinner for "just you two". No oven needed--just whip it up in no time!

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Cakes & Frostings (9)

Fresh Coconut Cake–Make it Patriotic!

This luscious cake uses fresh--or fresh, frozen--coconut and has to be made 2-3 days ahead of serving so all that moisture soaks into the cake, making it one of the best cakes you'll ever eat!

Limoncello Cheesecake Recipe

Limoncello is a sweet Italian liquor, made from bright, yellow lemons, of course. Adding it to a cheesecake offer wonderful results. If you don't have any Limoncello, replace it with Bailey's Irish Cream, Amaretto, or even just heavy cream with extra vanilla. Any way you cut it, it's delicious!

Light and Easy Banana Cake Recipe

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Cookies & Snacks (7)

Barbara Bush’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Years ago Larry urged me to try Barbara Bush's Chocolate Chip Cookies after reading her memoirs. They've been my "Chocolate Chip Cookie-of-choice" ever since. We like them soft and chewy--if you do too, don't over bake them.

Low-Fat Good-for-You Chocolate Cookie Recipe

I guarantee you, these Good-for-You Chocolate Cookies will delight your sweet tooth, without destroying your diet. They're easy to make. They store well. They're chocolate. They're healthy. If I can eat fun foods that are healthy--that's the best part!

Low-Fat Good-for-You Chocolate Cookie Recipe

These not-too-sweet chocolate cookies go perfectly with a cup of coffee--especially if they're sandwiched together with Nutella!

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Pies (6)

Belgian Chocolate Tart Recipe

I love the creamy richness of this tart...I've only made it with Belgian chocolate but I'm sure any good quality chocolate will work well. It's easy and it's luscious.

Sour Cream Apple Pie Recipe

This creamy pie is a nice alternative to a traditional apple pie. I often double the topping for even more of that sweet, crunchy "crust".

No-Fail Pie Crust Recipe

If you've always been afraid to try making a pastry crust, this one's for you! I love the fact that it makes 4 generous crusts--not skimpy--so I have enough for my entire Thanksgiving dessert buffet! While the pastry can be made by hand--using two knives or a pastry blender--I much prefer making it in a food processor, if one is available.

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