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Caponata, Italian Eggplant Appetizer

September 26, 2011


My friend Jeff, who is a gardening superhero, brought me some lovely Japanese eggplant.  I love Japanese eggplant.  You can use it as-is,instead of “sweating” like regular eggplant.  I had been hoping for some eggplant to drop in my lap so I could try out this delicious Sicilian appetizer we had while in Italy. You […]

Yellow Squash Frittata

September 13, 2011


I don’t know about you, but I currently have an over-abundance of these puppies: Anyone else in the same boat? If so, I have the recipe for you!  I was very excited to locate this recipe, but I had to tweak it a bit.  Here is the final version: one medium sweet or yellow onion, […]

Meatballs. The Best. Ever.

September 13, 2011


I have tried many,many meatball recipes.  Porcupine meatballs, Swedish meatballs, and a plethora or Italian meatballs.  I have finally found I recipe that works for me every time, using ingredients I nearly always have on hand. Meatballs are so versatile.  They can be used in sandwiches, with pasta, in Italian wedding soup, as appetizers–really, the […]

Sweet Onion Tart

September 9, 2011


I have been making these tarts ever since I got back from Italy, where I had several similar concoctions.  This is an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer.  If you are going to make these for a crowd of more than 6, I would make two.  They get gobbled up fast! The base of this tart […]

Tomato Artichoke Soup

September 7, 2011


Let me tell you: this soup is TO DIE FOR!!!!  It is so delicious and simple to prepare.  The acidity of the tomatoes, the tang of the artichokes…..I just love it! This recipe is inspired from one in my “Savor the Memories” cookbook, written by the owner and chef of Cucina’s deli in Salt Lake.  […]

Caprese Bruschetta

September 2, 2011


Bruschetta is one of those things whose name and function have been a little skewed in the US.  In Italy, bruschetta is any toasted bread topped with any topping.  In the US, you can find “bruschetta” at Costco and the like, and is usually a tomato-basil mixture or olive/caper concoction.  So it is realted, but […]

Crab Dip

August 30, 2011


  Crab Dip This recipe comes from PapaChef’s Mom.  It is great served with Triscuits and Wheat Thins. Always a big hit!  Something about the layers….the creamy bottom and how all the flavors work together. 11 oz. Cream cheese 2 T Worcestershire sauce 2 T mayonnaise 1 T lemon juice 1 medium onion, chopped VERY […]

Warm Artichoke Dip

August 18, 2011


I LOVE artichoke dip.  I just can’t get over the warm, gooey, flavorful mass spread on a cracker.  YUM!  Here is a recipe I created. 2 14 oz. cans artichoke hearts, rinsed and coarsely chopped 1 c. sour cream (can use lite) 1 c. mayo (I use the Kraft Olive Oil/lite kind) 2 tsp. refrigerated […]

Focaccia Bread

August 16, 2011


This is a fast, easy, and yummy Italian bread that you can have on the table in a little over an hour. Combine: 3 tsp yeast 3 cups water 3 cups unbleached flour 3 tsp sea salt (it really does make a difference) Stir for 1-2 minutes, until it is a smooth paste.  Then add: […]