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Salsa Pizza

Salsa Pizza

It’s been a samba/salsa kinda week for me—both in the world of music (at a lively Latin jazz event at the Hollywood Bowl), and in the sweet and spicy notes of a perfect pizza recipe I conjured up in my kitchen! Salsa’s are used to compliment fish, chicken, tortilla chips—I’ve even seen a recipe to scoop [...]

Strawberries in Sweet Vermouth

Strawberries in Sweet Vermouth

Are you planning a romantic dinner at home with your amore for Valentine’s Day? Look no further for the perfect dessert—a simple and sweet recipe from my Italian cookbook You Never Grow Old at the Dinner Table. The perfect color for the occasion—enticing red strawberries steal the show, yet don’t rob you of prep time [...]

Potato Leek Beet Soup

Potato Leek Beet Soup

Hello from Montreal! I just arrived here last night and am visiting my cousin before heading out on the rest of a 12-day long east coast adventure! It’s 25 degrees out right now, which is fun for this Southern California girl. I can actually think of winter as soup season again instead of craving summer [...]

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients: 1-2 lbs. fresh brussel sprouts Olive oil 1-2 cloves fresh garlic Salt (fancy kosher or sea salt is fine, or just use what ‘ya got.) Directions:  Set oven at 400 degrees. Rinse brussel sprouts. Cut off thick stem at the bottom of each sprout or remove from the stalk if that’s how you bought [...]

Creamy Polenta & Wilted Greens

Creamy Polenta & Wilted Greens

Contributed by Laura Derr Ingredients: Polenta: 2 cups polenta or cornmeal (whichever you have on hand) 1½ cups water 1½ cups 2% milk 2 cloves garlic, halved ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter ½ cup cheese of your choice (I recommend either an asiago blend or goat cheese—two different flavors, but equally good) Greens: 1 [...]

Coconut Craze

Coconut Craze

In my Pumped with Potassium blog last February, I wrote about the many benefits of coconut water in a health-conscious diet. Now, I’m going to get into the “meat” of the coconut. More specifically, extra virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from the insides of the coconut through a cold-expeller press much like olive oil. The [...]

The Ease of Quiche

The Ease of Quiche

As grandparents anxiously wait to embrace their grandchildren on Christmas morning (and parents frantically fight traffic to safely deliver the kids to their eager destinations) I am leisurely waking up with my cup of joe, and comfortably planning and awaiting my turn to entertain and enjoy gift giving with family. Why my lax attitude, you ask? The [...]

Momma’s Winter Soup

Momma’s Winter Soup

Throwing together last minute meals takes years of practice. My mom is a genius at it—especially hearty winter soups with ripe vegetables that need to be put to good use. She will never let good food go to waste. As a young girl growing up in Sicily, even having meat for dinner was a rarity. [...]

Michelle’s Tortilla Soup

Michelle’s Tortilla Soup

Recipes for tortilla soup abound. Is there one perfect way to make this yummy stuff? Nope. But, this is my family’s favorite. Freezes great for future cold nights! Ingredients: 2-3 cups diced cooked chicken, turkey or beef (chicken is the most common) 2 dashes olive oil 2 medium onion, chopped 2 bell peppers, chopped 2-4 [...]

Persimmon Salad

Persimmon Salad

A sweet and delicious fruit, the persimmon is predominantly used in bread and cake recipes this time of year. The more common variety used in baking is the Hachiya persimmon. When fully ripe, the Hachiya turns a brilliant orange-red in color, and is very soft on the inside—and by soft—I mean runny, gel-like, egg white soft. This doesn’t exactly [...]

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