Vegetable Heaven From Italy Is Called Gianfottere

One of the grand dishes of southern Italy is a baked vegetable medley called gianfottere. There is a summer version and a winter version. It can be eaten from the vessel it’s cooked in hot, warm, or at room temperature. This recipe is a preparation for the summer version of verdure al forno, mixed oven-baked […]

Potato Gratin with Swiss Chard is for Wintertime

Potato gratin is one of those preparations that speaks to people.  When a gratin comes out of the oven it is one of the most inviting foods.  It’s also a dish perfect for winter. Swiss chard developed from the beet and was first mentioned in a book about plants published in Basel, Switzerland in 1596. […]

Tomato and Cheese Make Perfect Summer Salads

A rule of thumb—better yet—a summer desire, is to keep ones cooking simple as no one wants to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen. Grilling is the solution, but so is simple summer vegetable salads. In fact, you could make an entire meal of nothing but a variety of salads. In Arab […]

Why Not Grill Asparagus?

If you have a grill blazing away any of these summer weekends it seems a waste not to grill everything.  There are some foods you may not have thought of as suitable for the grill.  One of those foods is certainly asparagus. Espárragos a la parilla, asparagus on the grill, is a grilled asparagus that […]

3 Lusty Beans and Greens Recipes for Winter

In traditional Mediterranean cooking, dried beans are typical winter foods that are often combined with winter greens and root vegetables such as Swiss chard, spinach, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and others. There is a delight in these kinds of dishes not only because they’re delicious, but they are satisfying and healthy too. These three are […]

Beautiful Broccoli Salads for Your Summer Grill Party

Summer is a time for grilling and one dilemma the cook faces is what side dishes are to be served. Because grilling usually requires our attention it’s nice to have already prepared side dishes. One of my favorite choices are vegetable salads that can be prepared ahead of time and served at room temperature. Broccoli […]

Chile Blast Off Spaghetti

Every once in a while I’m eating alone and I’m not testing recipes and I consider going out for a pizza or something similar.  Then I am suddenly overcome with the desire to eat something very specific–a craving– that I simply must satisfy that very moment for dinner.  This happened the other night mostly because […]

Colorful Summer Salads Make the Most of Heirlooms

Think of the platter as a palette, and your vegetables as swaths of paint that fill in the color of the canvas. This is what every August provides as our tomato plants and other garden vegetables are going crazy and this means we should be thinking colorful salads. This is both an appetizing and beautiful […]

Asparagus Spears for Dinner

This is the season for asparagus and if you’re lucky enough to have your own bed pick them when they are showing about four inches above the soil (three inches will remain below soil).  If you’re buying them in a store make sure they sit very cold or refrigerated or at least standing in a […]

Great Simple Dishes Simply

Everyone claims to want to cook simple food. As soon as we’re in the kitchen, things aren’t so simple. It’s actually hard to cook simple dishes because we cooks always want to fiddle or add things or just not stand around looking at “simple,” because simple doesn’t require much, that’s why it’s called simple. The […]

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