Quick and Easy Tuna Melts

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Quick and Easy Tuna MeltI’ve always liked the idea of tuna melts.  I really do, but you know, sometimes when you heat canned tuna, it develops an unpleasant fishy taste.  The Goddess hates fishy.  The Latin Lover hates fishy.  But, I’m happy to tell you, this works well.  It’s quick to fix and doesn’t heat up the kitchen, when the temperature outside soars…and it’s delicious.  Continue reading

Piglet Meatballs with Sautéed Apples, in a Mustard-Cream Sauce

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Small meatballs are a great tapa.  This is a really nice blend to form into patties for breakfast sausages, either with or without the mustard-cream sauce…though, you know…it’s all about the sauce!  Or it should be.  Continue reading

Kidney Bean Salad with Middle Eastern Flavors

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good bean salad.  I ran across a recipe for a bean salad, using garbanzos.  I like garbanzo beans, but I prefer kidney beans for  a salad.  They’re a bit softer and they’re just prettier…and you know, it’s all about how it looks!  Continue reading

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Salad with Lime-Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

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This salad is good at any time of the year.  It is a great summer salad, as no mayo, but it also is lovely in the autumn, when the leaves turn about the same color as the salad.  Make it the day ahead and chill it overnight.  But, it’s best eaten at room temperature.  Add some red chile flakes for a little heat, when the thermometer dips.  Continue reading

Roman Potato Salad with Prosciutto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs

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The Goddess is experimenting, yet again.  Potato Salad is one of her favorites and one of her favorites to “mess” with.  When the bag of sun-dried tomatoes dropped out of the cupboard and the prosciutto package slid out of the fridge…well, you don’t need to be hit by a Vaporetto to see the signs!  Continue reading

Roasted Strawberry-Lemon Vinaigrette

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It’s spring.  Finally!  I did think it might not arrive.  And with spring comes fiddleheads, ramps, asparagus, and strawberries.  I was in the local supermarket and they had a sample of a goat cheese salad with roasted strawberries.  It was good, but the strawberries were, shall we say, lacking…it’s a texture thing.  But I liked the idea of roasted strawberries, so I decided to make a vinaigrette with them.  Continue reading

Red Cabbage Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette

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The Eldest Progeny made this for dinner.  He uses it as both a salad and a condiment.  It’s really simplicity itself, as most wonderful things tend to be.  Continue reading

Wild Mushrooms with Cream, Marsala & Garlic Scapes

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Wild Mushrooms with Cream, Marsala & Garlic ScapesIt’s garlic scape time!  The Goddess lives for this time of year.  There’s so much we can do with them and these mushrooms are a great vehicle to shine a delicious light on them!  Continue reading

Chilean-Style Russian Potato Salad

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I adore ensalada rusa, or Russian Potato Salad.  When we were in Spain, I ate every version I could find and no two were exactly the same.  Isn’t that what makes cooking and dining interesting?  This version, which contains beets, if both beautiful and refreshing. Continue reading

Orange, Strawberry, Avocado Salad with Fresh Herb-Lemon Vinaigrette

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This is one of those lovely concoctions that’s so refreshing you want to eat the whole bowl yourself (don’t think I haven’t done that once or twice!).  It is as beautiful as it is delicious, and nutritious, too.  What’s not to love?   Continue reading