Roasted Sicilian Eggplant with Golden Raisins and Cumin

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Roasted Sicilian Eggplant with Golden Raisins and CuminI probably shouldn’t be calling this Sicilian Eggplant, since I’m not only not Sicilian, hell, I’m not even Italian.  This may seem like it has non-Italian flavors, but we need to remember that the Moors “visited” Sicily for quite a number of years.  Therefore, this has many of the flavors they left behind, after they moved on.  You know, things like raisins, pistachios and cumin.  It matters not what those flavors are, it’s still darned delicious.  Continue reading

Roasted Eggplant Wedges with Soy-Balsamic Glaze

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Roasted Eggplant Wedges with Soy-Balsamic GlazeYou may have heard rumor that The Goddess has a torrid affair going.  Don’t worry your pretty little head about it, The Spicy Honey knows all about my relationship with eggplant.  I love it (and him!) in any and every form, but roasted (not him!) is I think perhaps, my favorite.  Continue reading

Roasted Citrus Tapenade

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Roasted Citrus TapenadeThis tapenade is salty, slightly bitter, slightly sweet and completely delicious.  It works with meat, poultry, and fish.  It can be stirred into sauces.  Or smeared on a grilled cheese.  Yes, it’s a flexible little minx, this one.  Continue reading

Fattoush or Panzanella-Why Choose?

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Fattoush-Panzanella SaladPanzanella or Fattoush?  That is the question.  In reality, they are pretty much the same salad…and yet, not.   That makes no sense, does it?  At their roots, they are both bread salads, with good veggies tossed in.  But it is all about the bread or the pita, and with this version, you don’t have to choose between the two…Fattoush-azella! Continue reading

Tomato-Corn Chowder

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Tomato-Corn ChowderI just made this for dinner tonight.  The Spicy Honey loves tomato soup, but he usually prefers the kind in the can.  However, he does enjoy this one.  This is an incredibly simple and delicious soup.  With summer on the horizon, this seems to work, even when the heat creeps into our bones.  Continue reading

Han Restaurant – Hartford, CT

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Han Restaurant Hot PotAre you familiar with Asian Hot Pots?  No?  Then you need to immediately, and I mean right now, drag yourself over to Han Restaurant in Hartford, CT.  Han offers a wonderful dining experience.   Oh, did I mention that the food is fantastic?
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Summer Pasta-Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and Avocado

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Summer Pasta-Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and AvocadoPasta and bean salads are great for summer.  Because this doesn’t have any mayonnaise in the dressing, it holds up well when the sun sizzles and you don’t want to.  Continue reading

Olives Marinated with Orange, Garlic, Red Pepper & Rosemary

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Olives Marinated with Orange, Garlic, Red Pepper & RosemaryWhen you put out a bowl of good olives, they always seems to disappear quickly, don’t they?  When I put these little orbs of tastiness out to nibble, with drinks, before dinner, they fly out of the bowl!  If you’re lucky enough to have some left, they are mighty delicious strewn over a salad.  Continue reading

Florentine Pork Roast with Garlic and Rosemary

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Florentine Pork Roast with Garlic and RosemaryA pork roast is a thing of beauty.  It’s also delicious.  You know The Goddess has never met a cut of pork she didn’t dream about, and then devour.  This is based on a pork roast we ate in a little trattoria in Florence, Italy.  Maybe it was the place in time, the fact that “The David” was nearby, or that we’d walked for hours, but I don’t think so.  I think it was a fabulous piece of pork, beautifully flavored with rosemary, thyme and garlic.  Continue reading