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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…

When Life Hands You Meyer Lemons…Preserve Them!

When Meyer lemons appear in the markets, it is like Christmas. Available only for a short season in the winter, this cross between a lemon and an orange is sweet and full of juice with a soft skin. Smaller than regular lemons and more expensive too, their flavor cannot be…

Tips for Moister Meatballs

Are your meatballs just so so tasting? Here are some ways you can enhance their flavor and tips for cooking them. 1) use ground chuck in combination with ground pork in a ratio of 1 to 1 for best flavor. Using sirloin will result in drier tasting meatballs. 2) use fresh…

Snowy Day Chicken Dinner

Here's a great no fuss dinner for a snowy day: Oven cooked chicken in milk and half and half. (It makes a great sauce.) Just season whole chicken (about 4 pounds) with salt and pepper and brown well in 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a deep pot or dutch oven. Preheat oven…

Hold The Rice

Rice is nice but cauliflower is better! So fool the family the next time you are dying to serve cauliflower. Instead of water logged, bland tasting cauliflower, why not make this delicious cauliflower rice. Serve it as a side or use it as a bed for grilled chicken or stir…

Salmon Surprise

Need a break from all that holiday cooking and want something simple and fast but also delicious? Try salmon cooked in foil. No mess, no clean up and a delicious and healthy way to start the New Year. Salmon Surprise Serves 45 tablespoons Filippo Berio extra virgin oliv…

Start the New Year Right with Brussels Sprouts

Make a quick sauteed Brussels sprout dish for a change of pace and get to know this often maligned vegetable that has so many possibilities, not to mention how good they are for you. To serve 4, you need about 16 sprouts cut into quarters and tossed in a bowl with salt, p…

Dried Plum Tart

Buon Anno! Happy New Year friends! Here is my gift to you; a fabulous dried plum tart! Crust 1 1/2 cups flour1/2 cup sugar1 tsp baking powder1/2 cup cold butter, cut into bits1 large egg, lightly beaten1 teaspoon vanilla extractMix the flour, sugar and baking powder tog…

Buon Natale!

Christmas in Italy is above all a religious and not a commercial holiday. Here are some traditions celebrating an Italian Christmas. Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve is an Italian-American tradition, started here. Originally, the night before Christmas called…