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“Crispy” Zucchini Fritters with Yogurt Caper Dipping Sauce

These crispy zucchini fritters use shredded zucchini in place of potatoes, but the best part of this recipe is that the fritters hold their shape in the pan.  I’ll never forget sharing the first version of this recipe with my daughter only to get a tearful phone call about them falling completely apart in the …

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Italian-Style Asparagus Spears: Baked or Fried

This Southern Italian-Sicilian recipe for fresh asparagus can be served as a side dish or a snack, either hot or at room temperature. A light batter of Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano cheese, garlic, bread crumb, chopped Italian parsley and egg turn fresh asparagus into a special treat that Italians, and my family, devour in a …

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Afternoon Tea Party at Home with Cucumber Sandwiches & Snacks

High teas and afternoon teas are great, but they can be a bit on the formal side. A casual afternoon tea with snacks and games can be a great alternative. Throwing your own party means you can control the budget, select your favorite finger food and enjoy a creative activity if so desired. We have …

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Seared Chicken Piperade: Slow-Carb Version

Piperade is the simple, elegant, and quintessential dish of the small Basque region that sits partially in France and partially in Spain.  The signature ingredients are those found readily in this region and consist of onion, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes (and usually a spicy paprika). Jump To: RECIPE | What is Piperade? | Grow Your …

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Guide to Using Dried or Canned Beans: + Fagioli Recipe

Dried beans that are cooked well can elevate the flavor of many slow carb recipes, from soups and stews to side dishes, to refried beans. But are they always best for any kind of recipe? There are some types of dishes where the flavor (and texture) shines more when you use dried beans and some …

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Chicory Varieties for Italian Kitchen Gardens: Grow and Cook

If you love Italian cooking and are experimenting with growing your own Italian herbs and vegetables, you will want to try some chicory in your Italian kitchen garden. This guide on growing chicory will help you decide between the best Italian chicory varieties and give you tips on growing, cooking and storing this delicious leafy …

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Mini Vegetables for Small Space Container Gardening

Short on garden space? You can still grow your favorite vegetables on a balcony, on a deck, on a roof top, or in a small side yard. Growing vegetables in small urban spaces is easier however if you opt for growing baby vegetables (aka mini vegetables). Jump to: Benefits and Nutrition of Baby Veggies | …

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Winter Squash Varieties For the Italian Kitchen Garden

Love cooking Italian food? Winter squash is one of the more important vegetables to Italian cuisine. The tastiest traditional Italian winter squash varieties aren’t available in-store however, so you need to either grow them yourself or find them at select farmers’ markets. With this guide, I’ll help you discover the best Italian squash varieties, and …

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Flat Beans (Romano Beans) for the Italian Kitchen Garden

Take a leaf out of the Italians’ book and learn to grow and cook with Romano beans, a broad, flat bean in the same family as garden variety string beans. Romano beans are juicy, with a sweet flavor and a great crunch, and they come in a wonderful range of colors. Italian flat beans taste …

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Comprehensive Guide to the Pesco Mediterranean Diet

Before noting health benefits or weight loss success of the Pesco Mediterranean diet, here is a summary of the key components: Jump to: Weight Loss? | Intermittent Fasting | Comparison to Other Diets | Key Foods | Recipes How is it Different from a Regular Mediterranean Diet? The traditional Mediterranean diet has been endorsed for …

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Southern Italian Beef Braciole (Involtini) Recipe

The Italians I know go all out for Winter holiday celebrations, and this show-stopping beef braciole (aka braciola) is often a centerpiece on the Southern Italian table. This Sicilian (Neapolitan) version includes pine nuts, prosciutto, parsley, garlic and cheese as the filling (raisins if you want the sweet flavor). It is served with high quality …

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Traditional Pork Pozole Rojo: Pork & Hominy Stew

This version of pozole rojo is from mi amiga who lives in the Bajío region of Mexico (west-central Mexico). It is a luscious slow-cooked stew made with pork, hominy, Mexican spices, and a blend of mild to moderate chile peppers in the rojo sauce. It is simple to make without a lot of hands-on time, …

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