Provençal Tomato, Fennel and Squash Gratin

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Provençal Tomato, Fennel and Squash GratinYou gotta’ love the New York Times cooking section.  They offer up some amazing recipes and that’s where I got the idea for this dish.  They have some truly spectacularly delicious recipes.  Continue reading

Quick Fresh Fruit Salsa

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Quick Fresh Fruit SalsaA fresh fruit salsa is delicious and a lovely way to use perfect, in-season fruit.  This recipe is a good basic starting point, but jump off the flavor cart and come up with your own combinations.  Continue reading

Creamy Corn and Cheese Polenta

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Creamy Corn and Cheese PolentaUnless your roots lie in Italy, polenta may be pretty unfamiliar.  It certainly was for The Goddess.  But, she’s a convert.  This is a great starting place, if you’ve never made polenta.  You can do this and polenta with corn and cheese is just so delicious. Continue reading

Sicilian-Style Tuna Steaks

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Sicilian-Style Tuna SteaksFresh tuna steaks, the thicker the better, are usually seared in a screaming hot cast iron skillet.  They are usually served with just a simply sauce.  This version is different and this is no ordinary sauce.  The tuna is briefly and gently simmered in a lovely, tomato-based, sweet and sour sauce.  Continue reading

White Bean, Tuna, Red Onion and Caper Salad

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White Bean, Tuna, Red Onion and Caper SaladThose hot summer nights, when you just can’t turn on the stove, this salad makes a terrific supper.   But, don’t limit yourself, as this “salad” can be an appetizer, too.  It’s simple and simply delicious.  Continue reading

Shrimp-Corn Chowder with Bacon and Scallions

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Shrimp-Corn Chowder with Bacon and ScallionsThis is a summery chowder, when the corn is fresh and delicious and the shrimp are running.  The bacon and scallions are just the icing on the cake…so to speak.  Continue reading

Rumtopf (Rum Pot)

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Rumtopf in the MakingRum Pot is such a nice gift to give yourself for Christmas.  It’s an even better gift to give to your holiday guests.  The fruit is wonderful served with ice cream, over pound cake or bread pudding or in a bowl with a spoon…just as long as you’re not driving!  Then there’s the liqueur.  But, you need to start a Rum Pot in the summer.  Continue reading

Tex-Mex Dig-in Dip

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Tex-Mex Dig-in DipSeven Layer Dip has been around for years, and with good reason.  It’s delicious.  It’s easy and it’s delicious.  It goes together in a flash and it’s delicious…are you seeing a pattern here?  But, seven layers is just a tad too limiting for The Goddess…. Continue reading

Hot Potato Salad with Bacon, Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Hot Potato Salad with Bacon, Cheese and Sun-Dried TomatoesYou know how The Goddess loves potato salads of all kinds.  She’s given you Classically Good Potato Salad, French-Style Potato Salad and Grilled Potato Salad.  This one is pretty much a basic potato salad, but she riffed on the dressing used for German potato salad and then threw in a few things she thought would be tasty.  Continue reading