Category Archives: Appetizers

Cod Oreganata

We are about half-way through March and I am growing tired of hearty cold-weather dishes and craving lighter meals such as fish. This recipe has its roots in Sicilian cooking. The flavorful, seasoned breadcrumb topping works well with any white … Continue reading

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Gyoza (Asian Dumplings)

On the coldest of winter days, when I don’t have to go outside, I enjoy being at home in the kitchen with a project that may take a bit more time than the usual dinner preparation. One of the dishes … Continue reading

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Chutney Spread 

This is a nice sweet and savory appetizer option for the holidays. I used homemade plum apple chutney for this recipe but you can use another fruit flavor. The sweet tart of the chutney mixed with cream cheese, creme fraiche, … Continue reading

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Eggplant, Tomato, and Sweet Pepper Spread

Despite it being early October, our garden is still going strong. We have had lots of eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers come on all at once. This is a delicious spread that tastes best using garden-ripe produce. I like to make … Continue reading

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Jimmy Nardello Italian Peppers with Capers and Parsley

Last year we started growing  Jimmy Nardello Italian frying peppers. They are long, red, and thin skinned, and have no heat so they are sweet and delicious. You can eat them raw, pan fried or grilled. For the photo below … Continue reading

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Italian Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers

Cubanelle peppers are thriving in our garden this year. Also known as Italian frying peppers, these thin skinned peppers are sweet and great for stuffing, baking, grilling or eating raw in salads. They range in color from green to red … Continue reading

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Indian Snack Mix

We have been buying Indian snack mix (also called “hot mix”) for years, but I recently learned how to make a homemade version from my friend and cooking teacher Farida. This is my variation on her recipe. I love adding … Continue reading

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Pickled Eggs

When I was a girl I kept myself busy during summer vacation reading my mother’s cookbooks and experimenting in the kitchen. One of the first dishes I learned to make was pickled eggs. Here is my updated recipe for them … Continue reading

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Jalapeño Green Sauce

My Indian cooking teacher and friend Farida introduced us to this all-purpose spicy pepper sauce. You can use it as a dip, add it to curries, and spice up bean or vegetable dishes. Any dish that you want to perk … Continue reading

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Grilled Salmon with Greek Skordalia 

We enjoyed our first wild sockeye salmon dinner of the season this past week. When we grill salmon I will often make a pesto or a butter sauce to go over the fish. I’ve recently been reading some cookbooks by … Continue reading

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