Category Archives: Grains

Easter Couscous Salad

We have couscous salad every Easter to accompany the grilled leg of lamb. It is nice and light and a favorite with the children in the family. I previously posted a summer version with apricots, blackberries, and balsamic vinegar. This … Continue reading

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 Creamy Polenta (Slow Cooker Method)

I have made polenta various ways over the years and have found that my favorite method for achieving creamy polenta is to start it on the stove and then transfer it to a slow cooker to simmer. Prepared this way, … Continue reading

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Yellow Split Pea Dal

It’s been a cold and snowy month and I’ve been craving food that is warming but not too rich. Soups and curries are particularly comforting at this time of year and one of my favorites is this recipe for yellow … Continue reading

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Fresh Pita Bread

Ocassionally, when we have an evening with no plans, we will make some Middle Eastern dips and some fresh pita to go along with it for dinner. Fresh pita is so moist and delicious that I wonder why I was … Continue reading

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Rice Salad with Smoked Trout

During the winter months I keep extra canned food in the pantry so, if the weather is bad, I can make something easy and tasty without having to run to the store. This rice salad is a great way to … Continue reading

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Spring Farro Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Peas

Farro has recently become very popular. For those unfamiliar with it, farro is an ancient form of wheat. Italians use it often for salads and risotto, prized for its nutty, earthy flavor and chewy, al dente texture. I have cooked … Continue reading

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Italian Easter Rice Pie

Last year I posted our family’s recipe for Italian Easter wheat pie. This year I want to share an Italian-American version made using rice in place of wheat. My own spin is the addition of maraschino cherries. As the pie … Continue reading

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Italian Lentil Soup

When I was a girl we often spent Sundays (after church services) visiting relatives, and wherever we went we were offered food. One of my aunts was a gifted cook. She did not have a huge or fancy repertoire, but … Continue reading

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Black-eyed Pea and Rice Soup

In the South black-eyed peas are a good luck food at New Years and this soup is one of my husband’s favorites to have after Christmas, since he has Southern roots. It is hearty, yet somehow feels light compared to … Continue reading

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Sicilian Rice Balls (Arancini)

Every Christmas Eve my brother Tony and his wife Lisa prepare delicious Sicilian rice balls called arancini to accompany our fish dinner. I wanted to document their recipe so the next generations can continue this nice family tradition. For those … Continue reading

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