Category Archives: Entree (lunch/dinner)

Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella Tomato & Basil

Eggplants (also known as aubergines) are wonderful whether grilled, baked, fried, or sautéed and can be served diced, sliced, puréed, or halved. I simply adore eggplants. Their earthy almost naturally smoky flavor compliments beef, lamb, and chicken; yet also make … Continue reading

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Ravioli di Ricotta

Ricotta ravioli takes me back to Milan. It’s a wonderful primo piatto (first course) or a meal on its own. It’s a simple yet elegant dish with great balance of delicate flavors. The creamy ricotta filling combined with the rich … Continue reading

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Salmon Couscous

Couscous adds a special touch and light texture (as well as nutritional value) to many dishes. Although known as a “grain,” it is made from a grain (semolina) with water by rolling to form small pellets. It is more nutritious … Continue reading

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Brazilian Moqueca

Many Brazilian dishes have influences from Portuguese, West African and Native Brazilian cultures. Moqueca is a fish stew (dating back to the 1500s) with two variations: from Bahia (state in the northeast region of Brazil) known as “moqueca baiana” with … Continue reading

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Celebrating Family (Fresh Pasta Recipe)

Growing up, every Sunday when my grandmother cooked, it was always a feast. One of my favorite dishes (and fondest memories) of my grandmother’s cooking is her fresh pasta. I always think of her when I make my own. As … Continue reading

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