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Baking and Sweet Endings

Olive Oil Plum Cake

Here’s a delicious cake recipe from Victoria’s Don Genova, a journalist specializing in writing and broadcasting about food and travel, posted a few years ago that I’ve been making every Italian Prune Plum season. Makes one 9” Cake 1 cup fresh, full-fat ricotta cheese 1/3 cup olive oil 1 cup granulated sugar 1 Tbsp. freshly […]

Vegetables and Side Dishes

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

I’m a dyed in the wool tomato lover, in case you didn’t already know! Recently, Marlena Spieler, passed away.  She was a well loved and admired writer of 70 cookbooks, a broadcaster, columnist and on top of all of all those amazing achievements, a true tomato lover like me. This recipe is to celebrate dear […]

Vietnamese Chicken Lettuce Wrap
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Chicken Patty Lettuce Wraps

I always think sitting outside on the patio enjoying a summer dinner is the perfect way to enjoy these!  Whether served in Butter/Bibb lettuce cups or as we’ve done once or twice, as sliders served with Sriracha Mayo.  The patties are terrific served with a Thai noodle salad.  I also think you could easily substitute […]

Pumpkin Walnut Muffins Topped with Pumpkin Seeds
Baking and Sweet Endings

Pumpkin Muffins

When you see all the amazing, colourful winter squash at the farmer’s market you just know it’s time to begin baking with pumpkin! I only use muffins liners that are made from baking parchment as they come right away from the muffin and don’t leave behind any of the muffin goodness stuck to the paper […]

Harissa Chicken and Chickpeas
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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas

I came across this recipe a few years ago, tried it and loved it.  Simple ingredients, not difficult to make and so darned tasty! I don’t particularly like tinned chickpeas so I soak and cook them myself a day or so before I want to use them. Once cooked, I store them and their cooking […]

Oxtails Roman Style, on Spaghetti
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Oxtails Roman Style – Coda alla Vaccinara

My take on one of the stars of Quinto Quarto/the 5th Quarter Roman “cuisine.”  Trattoria Sora Lella on Isola Tibernia (Tiber Island) in Rome was the basic inspiration for my oxtails and it’s delicious.  Over the years I’ve added things I’ve seen in other preparations from places in Rome such as Trattoria Agustarello and Trattoria […]