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July 4, 2021
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Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

It’s summer and my farmers market is in full swing. Tables are piled high with heirloom tomatoes, green beans, corn, peppers and of course, zucchini. We’re growing zucchini in our yard too but don’t have enough blossoms yet to stuff. I found these beauties at the market and decided to try something different. Last week […]

October 2, 2020
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Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters

Like everyone else who grows zucchini, I’m always looking for a new recipe.  We’ve had frittatas and gratins. I’ve stuffed, grilled, sauteed and made pancakes. I’m sort of happy that it’s time to move on to fall vegetables, however I’d be happy to have these fritters on my table any time of year. To be […]

April 30, 2020
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Sformatini di Broccolo Romanesco

The first time I tasted a sformata we were in a trattoria in Acqui Terme in Piemonte. I ordered it not knowing exactly what it was and was pleasantly surprised when I was served a light and creamy vegetable custard. After returning home I searched for recipes and made one with spinach. That was quite some […]

April 28, 2020
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Torta Rustica

  The one bright spot in this incredibly strange time is that my local farmers market is sill up and going full force. Most of the other markets in the San Diego area have been closed for the past five weeks so I feel very lucky to be able to support these small family owned […]

November 2, 2018
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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

The very first time that I ate this soup was on a stormy night in  Boston. Rain was coming down sideways and we were just a few degrees away from snow. I was searching for a friend’s apartment while trying to hold on to an umbrella that threatened to blow away.  I finally found her […]

September 2, 2018
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Roasted Red Onions

  As a child I looked forward to snagging the onion that accompanied the Sunday roast beef.  There it was in the pan bathed in the juices from the meat all soft and a little bit caramelized.  I’m not sure if anyone else even wanted it, but I made sure that it ended up on […]

June 23, 2018
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Broiled Asparagus-Autentico

I would like to thank my good friend L. from Cucina Cara Mia for Rolando Beramendi’s cookbook Autentico. I’ve had this book for months and have finally started to cook my way through it. The recipes are straightforward with good advice about ingredients and technique. They are “authentic” and exemplify the simplicity of Italian cuisine. Rolando’s book […]

June 15, 2018
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Feta & Bread Crumb Stuffed Peppers

The calendar says summer doesn’t officially begin until next week, but the tables at the  farmers market are already brimming with brightly colored peppers, gorgeous green beans, various types of zucchini and the first of the vine ripened tomatoes. I love the transition of seasons at the market and am inspired to find new ways […]

February 11, 2018
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Spinach and Chard Nudi

  Looking for a vegetarian dish that packs lots of flavor, well look no further. It’s been ages since I made these and they are just as good as I remember. Think spinach ravioli without the pasta wrapper. Once again I was a little concerned that they might fall apart in the boiling water, but […]

January 26, 2018
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Winter Vegetable Tart

Over the past week I spent more than a few hours pouring over cookbooks and thumbing through my ever expanding file of recipes looking for an idea for a lunch I was preparing for a few friends. I thought I had settled on a hearty soup paired with crusty homemade rolls, but I kept coming […]