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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella and Basil

December 29, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Holidays, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack.

Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe • Read More »

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Green Bean Salad with Corn, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil

June 13, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

  This simple summery salad will be perfect at your next cookout or potluck. The fresh flavors will compliment a variety of foods. For the vinaigrette, I didn’t mess with a mortar and pestle to mash the garlic. Instead, I just smashed the garlic in a garlic press and proceeded with the recipe. Toss the salad with the • Read More »

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Caprese BLT Sandwiches

October 7, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich.

Words cannot describe how much I love this sandwich…it’s one of my favorite sandwiches EVER! You may be thinking to yourself that it’s just a sandwich. But that’s where you’re wrong. It’s not just a sandwich…it’s a REALLY, REALLY GOOD SANDWICH: Ciabbata bread spread with a delicious basil mayonnaise and layered with ripe tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, • Read More »

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Zucchini Caponata

September 6, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Italian, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

If you’re looking for a way to use up some of that summer zucchini, try this recipe for Zucchini Caponata. The combo of zucchini, tomatoes and olives makes a great topping for grilled bread or a quick, fresh sauce for cooked pasta. I bet it would also be really good as a topping for grilled chicken • Read More »

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Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce

August 20, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Mexican, Pork, Recipes, Summer.

This Mexi-inspired recipe will please most tastes (sans vegetarians). The lightly seasoned pork has good flavor without being dominated by the rub, which is a combo of paprika, brown sugar, chile powder and allspice. After I put the rub on the pork, I put it back in the fridge for a few hours while I • Read More »

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Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches

August 9, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Summer, Vegetarian.

Most people fall in one of two categories with eggplant: you either Like It or Hate It. I happen to be in the Like It category. Recently I was looking up new sandwich recipes and came across this “sandwich” using grilled eggplant. Not only are these Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches beautiful, but they’re also delicious, incredibly easy • Read More »

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Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Crostini

August 5, 2010 | By andrea | 10 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Snack, Vegetarian.

Words can not express how much I love this appetizer! In fact, it’s what I had for dinner last night. I didn’t intend to eat only the crostini for dinner but I ate several of them, which led to several more and before I knew it, I was full. This is one of those appetizers • Read More »

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Spicy Beef with Peanuts & Chiles

June 4, 2010 | By andrea | 7 Comments | Filed in: Asian, Beef, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This delicious beef stir-fry dish is everything I was hoping it would be! You get great flavor from the peanuts, soy sauce, fish sauce and lime juice, and a nice kick from the chiles. Yumm!   Changes I made to the recipe: I doubled the cilantro and omitted the basil, substituted red onion for the shallot, • Read More »

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Basil-Lemon Pesto

April 20, 2010 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Condiment, Dip, Recipes, Sauce.

There’s nothing like freshly made pesto! This particular recipe fills your whole kitchen with the wonderful fragrance of basil, garlic, lemon and parsley…Yumm! The pesto only takes a few minutes to make and freezes well (always a bonus!). I’ve tried this pesto tossed with hot pasta and with grilled chicken…both are excellent! It would also be great in pasta • Read More »

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Spicy Stir-fried Pork with Garlic and Chiles

March 18, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Spicy Stir-fried Pork with Garlic and Chiles | Filed in: Asian, Main Dish, Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

I could eat stir-fries just about every day. It’s a great way to make a quick meal plus there’s a bazillion different ways to make them, which means you never get bored with the same ol’ thing. Here’s a recipe I found recently that features stir-fried strips of pork with thinly sliced sweet red pepper and spicy • Read More »

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