August 31, 2015
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Herb Salad

Many years ago, I had the good fortune to be in a cooking school in Tuscany, at Badia a Coltibuono Lorenza de’ Medici’s home, with Lorenza herself as my instructor. This experience totally changed the way I thought about planning a menu and cooking. One of the things Lorenza did when preparing a salad was […]

Weeknight Sit-in-the-Kitchen Dinner Menu


Antipasto Platter

Marinated butter beans

Marinated artichoke hearts with tarragon

Baked wild shrimp with ***Ajvar and feta

Mozzarella balls with basil and red pepper flakes

* Roasted tomatoes with garlic

Roasted garlic

** Italian salami

** Prosciutto di Parma

** Olives

** Baby arugula

Main Course

Polpettone stuffed with eggplant and smoked mozzarella

 Sautéed spinach / Roasted asparagus and zucchini


Gratin of pears, blueberries and mascarpone cheese

Coconut oatmeal ginger cookies



* Purchased at Bristol Farms

** Purchased at Trader Joe’s

*** Available at my Amazon Affiliate Store

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January 19, 2015
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Roasted Tomatoes

It might seem silly to post a recipe for roasted tomatoes, but the more I talk to people, the more I realize that there is a need for even simple basic recipes. With a recipe this simple, it’s imperative that you use the best quality tomatoes you can find, and the best quality olive oil […]

August 29, 2014
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Mini Turkey Meatballs with Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

This is one recipe that will surprise your guests. The assertive spices together with the cooling Yoghurt Dipping Sauce made this a hit at my party. They look like ordinary meatballs but the flavor is anything but ordinary. Make them really small. If people like them, they go back for more. If the spices are […]

July 25, 2014
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Roasted Baby Vegetables

My friend Dano, who volunteers to play bartender, is now a vegetarian. Over the years, during his pre-vegetarian days, we shared many meals. Dano and I worked our way through racks of lamb, short ribs and homemade tequila-cured gravlax. He hated vegetables and little by little I snuck a few on his plate. Surprise! He liked […]

July 14, 2014
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Savory Goat Cheese Cake

I love the idea of taking sweet dessert recipes and making them savory. Creating something unexpected. That’s where the idea of a Savory Goat Cheese Cake came from. Once I made it, I thought why not go further and turn it into a layer cake, and this is the result. Your guests will rave, it’s […]