Ratatouille

Happy Bastille Day! In honor of the French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789, here’s a recipe for a Provencal vegetable stew that’s been a favorite of French cooks since the 16th century, when tomatoes, peppers and summer squash were brought over from the newly discovered Americas. Recipes […]

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Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes

I’ve just returned from Italy, where they eat pasta in more moderate amounts than we “Olive Garden” Americans. How can we enjoy pasta without feeling like we’re indulging? Check out this recipe from Food Network star Rachael Ray. It’s loaded with spinach and grape tomatoes. Lemon zest and feta cheese lend a tangy zing. Pasta and virtuous […]

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Almost-Instant Black Bean Salad

This simple summer salad is great served with grilled chicken. You can also roll it up in a lettuce leaf for a quick lunch. I grilled a whole chicken and brought it to the table on a platter with this as the side. I added jarred pickled jalapenos to kick it up and squeezed fresh lime […]

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Eat Like an Italian

Here’s a classic irony: we Americans are fatter than ever; collectively we’re the fattest people on earth, yet we have access to more weight loss diets than anywhere in the world. We have so many to choose from — Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Slim-for-Life and the Paleo diet, otherwise known as the Caveman diet. […]

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Italian Cooking Class

We took a cooking class in Lucca Italy on Friday. Giuseppe, our genial Italian instructor who spoke excellent English, took us shopping at local markets for focaccia and vegetables, including baby zucchini with blossoms attached. Back at his apartment Giuseppe had us sample three different Italian extra virgin olive oils, and each one was different. […]

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