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Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

For our gluten free friends, this mac and cheese with vegetables is really delicious. What bumps up the flavor is a heaping teaspoon of hot pepper paste but that is optional. Gluten free pastas are available in grocery stores and on line. For my money, pasta made from cor…

An easy full-flavored side and salad

Here is an easy side or salad dish with lots of flavor. Start with a small peeled eggplant and cut in half lengthwise then cut into 1/4 inch thick half moon slices. In a large sauté pan, pour just enough light olive oil to coat the base of the pan and saute the slice…

Colomba di Pasqua

The Colomba is sweet bread similar to panettone but it is shaped like a dove and made during Easter all over Italy, most of it commercially these days. This bread, along with many others, was prepared on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and eaten during Easter week.   …

Crumbs Matter

This might seem silly to some but I am going to ask the question anyway. Are you using inferior breadcrumbs in your cooking? Just think of the many ways you cook with them, or maybe you don’t. I can’t imagine not having breadcrumbs around but I’m not tal…

Cooking With Wine Tips

What do you do with those open bottle of wine left in your refrigerator? Air is the enemy of wine so it is best to use an aerater to remove as much air as possible. These are available in kitchenware and wine shops. Here are 10 ways to use leftover wine.Use white wine for…

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