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black pepper parmesan tuiles with heirloom tomato salad

The name of this appetizer may sound fancy, but tuiles are honestly the easiest thing to make and would be a perfect addition to your summer entertaining menu and will wow your guests.  What is a tuile?  It’s nothing more than a thin crisp or wafer of cheese for a savory version, or from a […]

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spicy orecchiette pasta

Yum.  This pasta dish is nicely spicy but super light for your late spring/early summer menus.  It also makes for a great take-along dish…just reheat at your destination.  I was all excited to use my first-ever crop of jalapeño peppers as one of the ingredients that makes this dish awaken your palette!! It’s super easy […]

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Romanesco Pesto Two Ways – Tagliatelle Pasta and Spring Bruschetta

Romanesco Pesto?  Okay so it’s just fun to say!!  What the heck is romanesco you may ask??  It’s a farmer’s market find….and the famed Iron Chef and The Chew co-host Mario Batali calls it, “the psychedelic love child of broccoli and cauliflower with lime green British punk hair” in an article on northjersey.com – along […]

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two-cheese and pesto breakfast bruschetta

I needed to change up breakfast a little bit.  Too many mornings with Greek yogurt was just getting old and boring!!  I picked up a loaf of Asiago cheese sourdough bread (which is great just on it’s own!), added pesto, chopped tomatoes, and shredded mozzarella cheese and a quick toast under the broiler – and […]

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Creamy Celery Root Soup with Black Pepper Bacon Crumbles

Happy New Year!!  It is a bitterly cold (to me!) day here in Florida and a warm soup brimming with puréed vegetables sounds wonderful!!  I developed this over the holidays but it absolutely does not need to be in the slightest bit fancy….it would actually be perfect for a Super Bowl party served in shot […]

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