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Home For The Holidays

This Christmas season will be low key for many of us as we let go of some of our holiday traditions and gatherings but we can still brighten the holiday with our immediate family by preparing some of our favorite dishes. These can’t eat just one puff pastry pinwheel…

Something Fishy

Fish chowder is so easy to make and perfect for these cold days. Save time and buy already cut up chowder fish to make it; this one uses salmon and haddock but any combination is good and most fish stores have a variety of cuts. This goes together fast and is ready in 15 …

An Apple A Day

Need a healthy dessert in a hurry? Bake apples, Italian style by utilizing the microwave. In about 8 minutes you will have baked apples that are a perfect wintertime treat. Cortland is the best apple to use because it holds its shape. To save time, make them before prepar…

Pumpkin Is Back

Everything it seems from cereals to yogurt is pumpkin flavored. Sure the pumpkin latte is the orange standard by which all else is measured but so many foods that don’t belong in the pumpkin patch in the first place are drawing big raves too. Pumpkin latte burgers a…

Mom's Cranberry Crisp

My mother’s notebooks are full of recipes for the holidays but this simple cranberry crisp remains a favorite, Cranberry sauce is so adaptable in so many recipes so if you have a lot of it left over, make this crisp. Other uses for cranberry sauce include serving it…

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Fettucine Fauci with Fresh Mushrooms in Honor of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

This recipe by Mary Ann Esposito was created in honor of NIAF’s 2020 honoree, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci. Fettucine Fauci with Fresh Mushrooms - Fettucine Fauci ai Funghi FreschiServes 48 ounces fettucine 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi1 large leek, minced2 cups dice…

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When Tuscan Women Cook

Graziella Capanni and Gaetana Caglione are not afraid of hard work which they have been accustomed to from a young age. From early in the morning when the first rooster crows to when the last dish is washed after the evening meal, they are all business and concentration i…

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Handy Corn

It seems like the past several weeks I have made too many treks to the farmer’s market to buy corn, now at the height of the season and at its best. People rip through the corn bin, shucking ears just to make sure no little critters are lurking anywhere. And at clos…

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Fleeting Summer Tomato and Zucchini Tart

Make this glorious tomato tart; it is a clever way to use up an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini coming out of backyard gardens or just make it for fun with produce available from a farmer’s market or local store. Making this tart has a short window of opportunity…

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The Tart As Art

Fresh fruit tarts are one of my favorite things to make; they are a refreshing change from heavier desserts like cakes and pies and are gorgeous to look at with their bright color combinations and the way the fruit is artfully arranged in a tart shell. I love the way they…

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