Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

I wouldn’t say that this is a recipe at all. It’s so simple but tasty and gives you another idea for asparagus. You can roast them without the Parmesan and serve them with a vinaigrette.

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Red Peppers Pan Roasted with Balsamic Vinegar

Red Peppers Pan Roasted with Balsamic Vinegar

This is one of my favorite ways and types of red peppers recipes. The type of pepper is Palermo instead of Bell pepper. Palermo peppers are long and thin walled, they contain almost no seeds at all. They don’t need to be roasted and then peeled like Bell peppers.

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Chicken with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

Chicken with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

This is a really nice recipe that includes one of my favorite things which is Feta cheese. This recipe is rather Mediterranean but exactly from where is a bit of a mystery. A bit Greek, a bit Italian or a bit Spanish. Well it doesn’t much matter,

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Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup

This is a take-off on a classic French cream soup.  Cream of Broccoli Soup is easy and broccoli is available almost year round and rather inexpensive. No need to sieve this before serving as they might do in a fancy restaurant, it’s good straight from the pot. Serve this with a nice crusty bread and bit of cheese.

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Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho Soup

A great summer soup! I learned this while in Spain from a friend. Her method was to use a blender. I use a food processor because when I make it I make a lot. It only takes 10 minutes and its great. This recipe will make 2 liters or 2 quarts

To set your soup apart serve with red and green peppers,

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Pesto in Bulk

Pesto in Bulk

Here is a recipe for those of you who are growing your own basil and need a good recipe for bulk pesto. Use on pasta in the traditional way, but it can also be used in sauces and marinades for chicken, fish and on vegetables.

A friend asked –

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Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce

I never understand why anyone would buy prepared tomato sauce. It has to be a total hatred of oneself. This is my simple tomato sauce that I use all the time. Its fast and easy and takes only 25 minutes.

A general rule: Portions for pasta are 70 grams if you are not very hungry and 100 grams if you are.

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Red Beet Salad with Feta Cheese

Red Beet Salad with Feta Cheese

This is another of those “it’s not really a recipe”! Sweet beets have a natural affinity with Feta cheese. They taste great together.

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Tomato Sherry Vinegar Vinaigrette

Tomato Sherry Vinegar Vinaigrette

This is a really handy variation on a plain French vinaigrette. It is particularly good for poached or steamed vegetables. Be sure to have a good quality sherry vinegar. Try this with steamed artichokes or grilled asparagus, Its great with grilled chicken or on sauteed potatoes.

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Caesar Salad Dressing

Caesar Salad Dressing

An original Caesar Salad is simply the dressing, Parmesan cheese, young crispy Romaine lettuce and crispy croutons. Thats it – it’s that simple.

There seems to be a hundred recipes for Caesar Salad. The recipe actually comes from Mexico and was invented in 1924. It was created by restaurant owner Caesar Cardini an Italian immigrant.

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A Quick Note

I wanted to take a minute to say that I do try and weigh as many of the ingredients as I can. I think it helps make recipe results more consistent. Of course professional bakers even measure liquids by weight. I don't mind pulling out my little digital scale when I need to.

Canapes


<h6 style="text-align: left;"><strong><em><span style="color: #009999;">I don't have many canapes here. The ones I share are super quick, very tasty and most of all tasty. Your guests will appreciate the effort.</span></em></strong></h6>

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