Marinades 101: The Savory Summer Treat

When grilling (as well as roasting or broiling for that matter) meat, chicken, fish or vegetables, marinating is essential. We all collect at least one or two great marinade recipes. They also add flavor to meat and help keep everything moist.

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GATEAU DE CREPES (Savory Crepe Cake with Spinach, Gruyere, and Béchamel)


Crêpes comes from the word crispus, or curly or wavy, probably a reference to how the edges of a cooked crêpe looks; they are known as crespelle in Italy.  Along with other types of pancakes, they are economical as well as elegant,…

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The Slow Cooker: Glazed Ham with Garnet Cumberland Sauce

Whether you are serving the glamorous or casual, a ham is a delight on the buffet table. Even people who never eat ham will indulge at a party. It is “special” and the hunk looks very impressive sitting on a platter or carving board in all its glistening glory.

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The Slow Cooker: Family-style Winter Tomato Sauce

The most famous of tomato sauces are Italian and they are rustic preparations. Marinara sauce is a basic vegetarian tomato sauce. I make a wide variety of pasta sauces in the slow cooker. This is a family sized recipe for a long cooking marinara sauce. It is a pot of fabulous tomato wine sauce, that goes together in minutes using canned tomatoes, that simmers all day.

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Homemade French Vinaigrette with Dijon and Shallots

Invite anyone from France to dinner and they will be horrified if you take out a bottled dressing for the salad. Ohhh mon dieu! It is part of the dinner preparation ritual to have someone at the counter mixing the vinaigrette.

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Quick Pickled Winter Vegetables


Giardiniera ~ mixed garden vegetables in a light vinegary brine ~ is probably Italy’s most popular homemade pickle. Serve giardiniera with a wide range of foods; it makes an excellent cheese platter garnish. It cuts the richness of winter stews,…

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Spaghetti with Zucchini, Basil, and Mint


Once I had the combination of fresh basil and mint, I was hooked. Then I find out the partnering has a long tradition in Italian country food. This is a lovely summer pasta, satisfying for those nights when you want…

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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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Bunny’s Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey, Stuffing, and Vegetable Pie

This is a recipe created by my friend Bunny Dimmel for the day after Thanksgiving main meal. “We had it for supper on Friday,” she wrote on a Thanksgiving weekend. “And it was the best ever. We all liked it better than the Thanksgiving dinner itself.”

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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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