Feeding R.C.

While I was catering, over the decades, I worked for some really wonderful people who owned businesses and needed to have catered affairs as part of their PR. One of these was the now-defunct Sunbird Fine Art Gallery in Los Altos, California, a small but affluent town at the foothills of the Coast Range in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Spinach and Tofu-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Ingredients

12 dried jumbo shell macaroni
16 ounces firm tofu
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Italian cheese blend (such…

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The Ultimate Home Casserole

While it has Italian roots, there is no American cook who doesn’t have a version of the filling and satisfying layered pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese. In most of my books I have a version of lasagna and it seems like every time I make it, it is a bit different.

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Slow Cooker Marinara and Mozzarella Lasagne

marinara
You will love this recipe. Two staples on the pantry shelf, dried pasta and a jar of marinara sauce, some cheese in the refrigerator and you can assemble this lasagna in about 5 minutes.
The 1 1/2-quart cooker makes…

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Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Whipped Cream


What we in the United States refer to as a yam is actually a variety of sweet potato. Yams have brilliant orange flesh and are moister and sweeter than sweet potato varieties labeled as sweet potatoes. Think of yams as…

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Fresh Vegetable and Cream Quiche

This is an unusual baked egg casserole; it is thick with vegetables and held together with cubed french bread and hunks of cream cheese. It is baked in a deep springform pan and served in wedges like a cake.

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Champagne Fondue


With that leftover bottle or little split of Champagne, impress guests with this simple fondue. Remember to allow about 4 slices of bread per person and, when dipping, swirl and stir the fondue each time.  If the fondue is too…

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Appetizer Crostini

What are crostini? Literally translated to “little crusts,” they are Italian-style appetizer croutons. Usually slices of bread are toasted slowly until golden and then spread with a variety of tasty savory toppings, they are a clever way to use up day-old bread.

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Mexican Street Corn


A classic tasty snack street food, known as elotes, that is popular in restaurants now as a side dish. The mayonnaise/sour cream mixture is what helps the cheese adhere to the corn. In El Salvador, it is called elotes loco. Expect…

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Old Fashioned Tea Party/Tea Sandwiches-2

Afternoon tea is an English tradition consisting of tea and a light meal eaten between 3pm and 5pm. Little sandwiches, bread and butter, scones and clotted cream and jam or lemon curd, pastries, loose leaf tea and a glass of champagne or fruity punch set the stage for the perfect tea party.

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