Monthly Archives: June 2011

Rice with Broccoli Pesto

For those of you who read last night’s post, you may have noticed the beautiful green color of my rice.  This is a dish that vegetable lovers should try–it’s easy and GREAT–and you can even use frozen broccoli.  It was my  way of using … Continue reading

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Chicken with Mozzarella in Eggplant Sauce

  This dish makes wonderful use of more of my two-hour slow-cooked eggplant tomato sauce (see my recent post for the sauce recipe).  This sauce is as versatile as plain tomato sauce, but so much more complex–the eggplant melts into the tomato … Continue reading

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Chicken Under a Brick

This dish is known in Italy as “pollo sotto il mattone”.  It’s a great technique for getting the maximum amount of crispness and grilled flavor from a chicken.  It works best with smaller chickens (under 3 lbs) or–better yet–cornish hens or poussins.  … Continue reading

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Quinoa and Spinach Tabbouleh

Quinoa is a great alternative to Bulgur wheat for making tabbouleh–not that there’s anything wrong with bulgur.  I just happened to have a large bag of quinoa in the house, and tabbouleh sounds great on this very warm summer day. It’s still … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Eggplant and Chicken Sausage

This dish begins with a tomato sauce containing eggplant and onion, which has simmered for 2 hours.  The eggplant melts and infuses the sauce with a sweet, silky but very earthy flavor that’s difficult to place as eggplant.   This sauce … Continue reading

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Spinach Salad, Italian Style

It’s amazing how far a bunch of spinach goes when you don’t cook it!   I’m still using that huge bunch of spinach from my local farmstand.  As I said before, it’s so delicate and mild, it lends itself to the lightest cooking … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Spinach Stems

This dish is a lesson in brilliant frugality taught to me by my mother.  One afternoon many years ago, I had come home from a farm stand and my mother was visiting.  I had bought a huge bundle of spinach, … Continue reading

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Steak Salad

I have some steak left over from last night’s meal (which was intentional) because I was looking forward to making this salad.  Though this is more American than Italian, it’s a wonderful way to make use of leftover steak and two local … Continue reading

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Grilled Filet with Oyster Mushrooms, Asparagus and Quinoa

This is a quick weeknight dinner and I chose each of the components of this meal for their ease and quick prep time.  Tonight, I thought I’d show you the steps of how to make this meal from start to finish in under … Continue reading

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Watermelon, Spinach and Feta Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

This salad is a perfect appetizer or brunch dish with which to celebrate the beginning of summer.  The sweet/ tart combination of watermelon with red wine vinegar and agave is a very light and cleansing combination.  The feta adds some saltiness and richness … Continue reading

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