Roasted Red Pepper and Ricotta Soup

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One of my favorite recipes to make with roasted red peppers is this Orzo dish. I always end up with extra roasted peppers. This soup recipe is a great way to use them up. This soup is now one of my favorites. If you don’t have jarred, roasted red peppers, you can buy red bell […]

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Smoky Caprese Panini

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It’s a cold and rainy night in NYC.  A good night to stay inside.  It’s the kind of night where I’d get a roaring fire going if we had a fireplace.  I’ve mentioned before that one of my sons won’t eat meat because he can’t stand the thought of hurting an animal, so we’ve been […]

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Cannellini Beans with Lemon, Roasted Red Peppers, and Bacon

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What a delicious side dish!   A big bowl of these beans could have been my whole dinner the other night, they were that good and that satisfying. They’re also full of flavor.  It didn’t hurt that the dish is full of bacon.  Isn’t everything better with bacon?

I used canned cannellini beans because they’re so […]

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Roasted Eggplant Spread

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I had an eggplant from the CSA that needed to be used.   I didn’t get enough eggplant to make an eggplant parmagiana, so this recipe was perfect.    We had some friends visiting us from Atlanta this past week and I served this as an hors d’oeuvre before dinner the other night.    We gobbled it […]

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Chinese Chicken Salad

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As I’ve mentioned before, I love recipes by Ina Garten and this one is no exception. It’s a very different take on chicken salad. The dressing has a nice Asian flavor. I have made the salad a couple of times now, and this last time I used hot chili sesame […]

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Five-Treasure Fried Rice

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Recipes from the Fine Cooking magazine or website never let me down. One recipe is better than the next. My niece made this last week and suggested that I try it. A couple of friends came by for dinner last week so I made these risotto cakes and this five-treasure […]

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Mango Slaw with Cashews and Mint

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This is my favorite new recipe of the summer.   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made it already.   It always gets rave reviews.   The flavors are really fresh and they just explode in your mouth.

Mango is one of my favorite fruits to add to a salad.   I add it to my other favorite […]

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Black Beans and Rice with Cheese

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Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t do this dish justice.  When you stir up the beans, the rice and the cheese and the cheese starts to melt into the dish, you end up with a wonderful meal.   It’s similar to a chili with less sauce, but no less delicious!

My niece Christina sent me this recipe the other […]

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Corn and Black Bean Salad with Basil-Lime Vinaigrette

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I love corn salads and I love bean salads, so for me this salad is heaven!   Like most great recipes that I find, I’ve made it twice within the last couple of days, and I’ve had three helpings this afternoon alone.   The vinaigrette makes the salad taste so fresh which I attribute to the lime […]

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