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Sizzlin Seared Scallops

Sweet, velvety and local scallops are a real treat, especially when they are pan seared and to do it right.  You need high heat and a big pan, not a non-stick pan because they will never brown or develop a crust. Be sure to buy dry scallops, not water injected which …

Lemony Linguine with Shrimp and Peas

Here is a delectable and light tasting spring dish with shrimp and peas in a velvety lemon sauce.Serves 4 Lemony Linguine with Shrimp and Peas 2 tablespoons butter2 tablespoons olive oil1 leek minced1 garlic clove mincedJuice of 2 large lemons plus the zest1/2 cup light…

Dried Oregano Is the Way to Go

Oregano is one of those few herbs that has a better flavor when dried so I always buy it when I am in Italy or in Italian specialty stores here. It is usually sold in bunches still on the stem and wrapped in cellophane. It has great flavor and I add it to soups, sauces an…

Getting to the Heart

It's artichoke season and a lot of people miss out on this fabulous vegetable because they do not know how to clean them. Simple. Shave the stem with a vegetable peeler; take off first two bottom layers of leaves and discard; cut off top about 1/4 inch down. Trim remainin…

My 10 Favorite Garden Tools

Maintaining a home garden and growing your own food is exceptionally rewarding, not to mention delicious. That said, as the old adage goes, you're only as good as your tools. That's why I put together this list of my 10 favorite garden tools so you can get your home garde…

Flash In The Pan

Fish can be tricky to cook but not if you use a good old fashioned black cast iron on your grill! First get the grill smoking hot then lightly spray the pan with olive oil or vegetable oil and place the empty pan on the grill. Let it get hot for about 5 minutes. Now add y…

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…