Eggplant with Onions, Wine Vinegar, Grapes and Pine Nuts

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Vini da Arturo, in Venice, makes this incredibly simple, but delicious dish.  It’s perfect for summer and it’s gets better the next day.  Bring this to the next potluck BBQ.  Continue reading

Betty’s Tres Leches Dessert

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Tres Leches is the perfect dessert for entertaining.  It’s rich, delicious and must be made ahead of time.  Did I mention it’s mind-bendingly delicious?  You really can’t overstate the delicious-ness quotient.  Continue reading

Saucy Bearnaise Vinaigrette

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a fling.  Yes, The Spicy Honey is aware of my dalliance and he approves.  Right now, you’re wondering just what kind of blog post this is, aren’t you?  So, my dear gutter-minded-friends, I’m talking about tarragon and mustard!  And the ultimate question—is it a sauce?  Or is it a vinaigrette? Continue reading

Creamy Cucumber-Radish Salad with Dill and Chives

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When the thermometer hits the higher ranges and you feel yourself melting, there’s something so completely refreshing about a cucumber salad, served very cold. There are probably hundreds of versions, but this one has radishes for extra color and crunch…it’s a keeper.  Continue reading

Tarator (Turkish Garlic Sauce)

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I’ve been culling.  I get too many magazines, though I’ve cut back hugely, but now and again, a person has to cull.  So I was reading back issues of Fine Cooking, which I must say is the one magazine I find really difficulty to part with.  So, so many delicious recipes, not mention good, solid cooking information.  And lo and behold, I ran across Turkish Tarator Sauce.  Continue reading

Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing with a Hint of Vanilla

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The basic poppy seed dressing recipe has been a part of my repertoire for years.  But, The Goddess decided it was time for a change, hence the orange and vanilla.  It’s still a little bit sweet and a little bit sharp—it really is the perfect summer dressing. Continue reading

Creamy Shrimp-Stuffed Eggplant with Bacon

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You know I adore eggplant.  I don’t think I’ve ever met an eggplant dish I didn’t love.  I’ve been thinking about stuffed eggplant, so I decided that today was the day.  I was heading down the vegetarian path, adding lentils to give us that meaty texture.  Then, I took another path…. Continue reading

Pizza “Fondue”

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What?  Has The Goddess been smoking herbs again?  You might think that, but this came to be because she forgot to make pizza dough.  And anyway, this is pretty much pizza, cooked in an oven-to-table pan, finished in the oven and served with good Italian bread to scoop up all that yumminess.  So, it’s pizza, without a crust.  Continue reading

Quick and Dirty Tomato Sauce!

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Quick and Dirty Tomato Sauce!This is a wonderfully, quick and equally delicious sauce.  And everyone should be able to make a good tomato or pasta sauce.  Continue reading

Leftovers! — Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Scallions and Fruit

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Leftovers! — Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Scallions and FruitYou know how The Goddess is always going on about leftovers, right?  Well, she decided that it might be helpful, if she posted some of the things she does with her leftovers.  This Chicken Salad uses leftover Cumin-Garlic-Lime Chicken with HoneyContinue reading