Schug

I’m so excited! I’ve discovered a new condiment called Schug, and my husband even loves it! It originates from Yemenite cuisine, but has spread in popularity throughout the Middle East, from what I’ve read. It’s typically used over falafel or shawarma, but it can be used on fish, eggs, and just about any meat. So

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Stracciatella

My husband and I first experienced heavenly stracciatella at the restaurant Manzo, which is located in Eataly, New York City. It was served to us for lunch simply drizzled with olive oil, alongside grilled bread. We also ordered prosciutto for our antipasti. Stracciatella, we learned, is the inside of buratta. It’s the creamy goodness that

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Smoked Trout Salad

When my husband went on an Alaskan fishing trip in 2019, he brought home trout as well as the expected salmon. I really had to think about what to do with the trout. I’ve fished for trout often over the years in Utah and Colorado mostly, and my favorite way to prepare it is… at

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Marinades

Marinades are a wonderful way to flavor meat. They can be simple or involved, depending on your desires, but they’re also a great way to use up ingredients. Have some leftover parsley? Make a marinade. Tomatoes? Make a marinade. An orange? You get the idea. Generally, a marinade is composed of three parts: the oil,

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Basil Pesto

Basil pesto is such a huge deal in my house. Mostly because my husband could eat it on ice cream, practically. To me, pesto is an extremely versatile ingredient. This flavorful, emerald-colored paste can be added to soups, breads, meat, seafood, salad dressings, sauces, marinades, and so many other dishes. The only thing is, you

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Trottole Trapanese

This is a pasta post, based on my discovering the cutest twirly pasta ever, called Trottole. I purchased the spinach variety, for color. As is my pattern, apparently, I purchase a unique pasta, then figure out what sauce to put on it. For the trottole, I decided to again make a Sicilian sauce that I

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My White Bean Dip

Hummus is wonderful. Don’t get me wrong. I love it. But when one makes hummus, one is limited to garbanzo beans, tahini, and lemon. With white bean dips, you can add anything and everything because there’s not one recipe! You can add herbs like rosemary, or seasoning mixtures like harissa, paprika creme, pumpkin or carrots,

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Pistachio Feta Dip

Pistachios add a beautiful emerald-green to holiday foods like Christmas bark and festive biscotti, but what about the really green holiday – St. Patrick’s Day?!! Maybe I’m just really into color – I’ve certainly been accused of that – but I saw this dip online and just knew I’d be making it for St. Patrick’s

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Cuttlefish with Raspberries

French Bistro is not your typical cookbook. In fact, it’s more of an homage to traditional bistros, with references to real people and actual Parisian establishments. The book would be a smart read prior to a Paris visit! Instead of typical chapters, they are organized by ten bistro “essentials”: The Owner, The Chef, The Chalkboard

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