Monthly Archives: June 2010

White Sangria with Berries and Peaches

“Summer is here and the time is right, for dancing in the streets.” Do you know the tune? Mick Jagger and David Bowie reprised it in the mid 1980’s during my teenage years and that’s the soundtrack that always runs … Continue reading

Posted in Drinks, Fruit, Summer, Wine | 1 Comment

Bacon, Kale and Blue Cheese Pasta Al Forno

Have you ever noticed that if you name a dish using another language, it sounds exotic? That’s what this is, an Italian version of Mac and Cheese. Al Forno simply means “in the oven” and so this is cooked pasta … Continue reading

Posted in Comfort Food, Italian, Meat, Pasta, Presto Pasta Night | 3 Comments

Grilled Marinated Vegetables – Italian Style

Grilled marinated vegetables is one of those dishes that is simple yet stunningly delicious. With these sorts of recipes, I always wonder who first discovered this incredible combination; grill vegetables, dust with salt, red wine vinegar, a dash of olive … Continue reading

Posted in Cookbooks, Grilling, Italian, Side, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Mediterranean Hors d’oeuvres Plate

For the longest time I had hostess insecurity. I had so little confidence in whipping up a hors d’oeuvres plate when someone happened to stop by. Part of this stemmed from the fact that my sisters had worked in upscale … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Meat | 2 Comments

Cucumber and Pepper Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Happy Summer Solstice! It’s the longest day of the year and the offical opening of summer, so here come the veggies! Here’s a gorgeous way to kick off the summer, crunchy cucmbers, peppers and spring onions swirled in a creamy … Continue reading

Posted in Dips, Salads, Side, Vegetables, Vegetarian | 4 Comments

Chicken and Green Olive Tagine

Eons ago (or maybe is was just last Christmas!) I received The Tagine Deck as a gift, one I had pleaded to receive. While I have only made one other recipe from the Deck – Fish Stew with Chermoula – … Continue reading

Posted in Entree, maghreb, Meat, Moroccan | 5 Comments

Pan Bagne with Sundried Tomato Pesto, Feta and Fresh Basil

Pan Bagne, meaning “bathed bread”, is a great French peasant invention for creating flavorful sandwiches with inexpensive ingredients. The “bathed” part is simply drizzling olive oil over whatever goodies you place inside a baguette (or long loaf style bread) and … Continue reading

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