Recipes

Recipes

Perfect Autumn Soup

The leaves are twinkling from their branches and the temperatures are finally cooling! All we need now is the perfect creamy (without cream) Autumn soup to settle in with by the fire and admire Mother Nature's annual wardrobe change from tangerines and gold to Winter white!...

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Panzanella Salad

There is nothing as simple, colorful and happy as the classic Italian Panzanella salad. This rustic tomato and bread salad is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when your garden is plentiful with tomatoes at the end of summer! Visit a Tuscan trattoria and you might spy it on the menu under...

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PLAT DU JOUR: TARTINES!

Visit any quaint neighborhood bistro or cafe in France in the summer, and you are sure to find "tartine du jour" in a cursive scrawl on the chalkboard menu passed from table to table. The popular open-faced sandwich is the French take on "fast food." Leave it to the French...

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A Mediterranean Summer Salad

Summer is all about fresh ingredients, lots of color and easy preparation. Farro is a new discovery for me! I admire the ancient grain's nutty flavor and crunchy texture. But it also packs a nutritional punch with high levels of B3, zinc, magnesium and fiber. It is a fan favorite...

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Nothing says Summer like Key Lime pie!

A perfect Sunday afternoon finds me barefoot in the kitchen listening to music and making mischief with my little sous chefs! Thankfully, all of my children, even the three year old, love to cook. Elise has mastered my pesto. Belle can make the most beautiful mashed potatoes à la française,...

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Moelleux au Chocolat

If you were to visit my kitchen you would be greeted by this life-size French recipe for chocolate cake on my wall! For the chocolate connoisseur there is nothing as luxuriant as the famous French dessert, La Moelleux au Chocolat, or in laymen's terms, the flour-less chocolate cake! What makes this...

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Vegetable Soup—Gypsy Style

  If you were to ask any Michelin-starred French chef (A culinary genius of foie gras, pate, truffles, and the perfect chocolate soufflé) what they prepare for themselves and their families off the clock and barefoot in their own kitchens, they wouldn't think twice: An omelette or a Purée! (Both dinner staples at our house,...

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Turn up the Spice

Winter has taken its place on the throne. It's grey, the trees are bare, and Mother Nature has turned in for a much deserved rest. Spring will come, but in the waiting, the Spirit needs a little pep in her step. In the Winter months, there is less available light...

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The Coolest Christmas Gift!

Christmas is just around the corner and boy do I have a cool and creative Christmas gift idea that is bound to nourish the souls and the bellies of those you love! A couple of weeks ago, I invited Marti Emch from MEEL to come and cook with me in...

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Roasted Butternut Squash with a Gypsy Twist

"Thanksgiving Thursday" is an American gourmand's heaven: Roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes lathered in marshmallows, macaroni and cheese, tart cranberry sauce, and pecan pie! But what about the "Wednesday Night Before" when everyone is making the often stressful airplane, car, or train trek home? Or how about the "Saturday...

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