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The holidays are a wonderful time to start new traditions and keep old ones alive. So much of the holiday season is filled with nostalgia and memories. This is part of what makes it so magical. There are certain types of feelings associated with different smells, sights, and sounds during the holidays. One of the […]

Growing up I remember my mom often making my dad a beet salad. The salad consists of canned beets, beans, red onion, with a red wine vinaigrette. At least that is what it looks like in my memory. The beets have a very earthy flavor, you can almost taste the dirt. Some people love, and […]

As the summer season approaches we fire up the grill and sweep off the deck. Our weekends become filled with cookouts and picnics. Whether you are a guest or a host you will at some point be thinking about what to bring or serve at a bar-b-que. Traditional coleslaw and potato salad are a must. […]

  Sides at a bar-b-que can be just as exciting as what is on the grill. Pasta salads are bar-b-que staple. I love the traditional mayonnaise based salad but it has been losing popularity. This fig summer squash orzo salad with yuzu vinaigrette is a fresh new take on the ever loved pasta salad. Giving […]

Crostini is one of the most perfect appetizers. You can use your imagination to dream up wonderful combinations to top a crusty piece of bread with. This roasted grape crostini with a chili laced ricotta is one delicious bite. Drizzled with honey and sitting on top of New York Style Panetini this is a great […]

Most children love to dip their chicken fingers into honey mustard sauce. A pasta salad with a honey mustard vinaigrette is a dish kids and adults can agree on.  The pasta salad is made with whole wheat pasta and includes a bunch of vegetables. If you have picky eaters this pasta salad may be the […]

We have been having really humid and hot summer days in New Jersey. After a couple of days of 92 degree heat, no one wants to eat heavy. This salad features grilled chicken and sweet peaches, along with raspberries and farro. The addition of Riccotta Salata cheese and the tarragon balsamic vinaigrette make this salad […]

Roasted baby potatoes are one of my go-t0 side dishes. Most of them time I like them to swim in garlic, herbs, and olive oil. This combination is a no-fail and seems to fit in with most meals I make. However, as I was making a pork loin one day I couldn’t help but long […]

4th of July is this weekend and people across America will be firing up the grill and setting off fireworks. Everyone goes into a frenzy googling “red, white, and blue” themed dishes. There are so many creative ideas out there but also only so much “blue” food. I took my favorite appetizer Cherry Tomato Bruschetta […]

These quick little bites are packed with flavor. They are perfect for an elegant cocktail party or as an easy appetizer for outdoor entertaining. Caramelizing onions may take some time but they are worth the wait! You can make a big batch of them and save them for sandwiches, burgers, in salads, or for on […]

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