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herbs

5 Essential Herbs that Every Italian Garden Needs

Fresh herbs! There is nothing better than creating a culinary masterpiece with fresh ingredients from the garden. Nostalgia reigns when I think about visiting my aunts and uncles who immigrated from Sicily. Most of my relatives moved to New Jersey after they reached American soil. They continued life as if […]

How To Dine Italian and Still Be Gluten-Free

Throughout my life, I am sure I ate more gluten than is healthy. The words “gluten-free” were not in my vocabulary. I remember those peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches every day of my college years. Some Marshmallow Fluff is probably still sticking to my ribs. I had never heard of […]

escarole

3 Simple Escarole Dishes that Make You Want More

Escarole meals were frequent in Dot’s kitchen. Mom took advantage of its versatility to create a variety of recipes. Personally, I love escarole. I cannot understand the often-utilized description of this green vegetable as “bitter”. I remember eating it many times in childhood dinners and thought it tasted sweet. We’ll […]

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Avocado Benefits: Love the Avocado

Avocado benefits have come to the dietary forefront lately. For all the days I have lived on this earth, I have not met an avocado until lately. Now that we have been introduced, I have not met an avocado I did not like. It is an amazing fruit low in […]

A Mother’s Day Brunch: Make Your Mom Proud

A healthy brunch is my favorite way to spend Mother’s Day. Actually, a day at Fenway Park with my daughter ranks higher, but I’m sure brunch is more relevant to you. (I miss my Red Sox.) This post includes a brief background of Mother’s Day. It also includes the recipes […]