Italian

Italian Zucchini, Sundried Tomato, and Olive Cornbread

I’ve started going overboard with my soup and chili recipes. I’m all about a comforting broth this time of year. If I had my way, I probably wouldn’t eat solid food from early October until about March. Curries and bisques and stews could keep me satisfied all winter long, I’m sure of it.  Rather than […]

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Italian Roasted Cauliflower with Olives & Tomatoes

Easy, healthy, flavorful, and self-sufficient. Those adjectives comprise my “big four” for weeknight cooking. When I say self-sufficient, I mean that the dish needs to just cook on its own without too much fussing required from the cook. I just finished a long day of work {in heels} and a thirty mile commute. I’m not […]

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Italian Roasted Cauliflower with Olives & Tomatoes

Easy, healthy, flavorful, and self-sufficient. Those adjectives comprise my “big four” for weeknight cooking. When I say self-sufficient, I mean that the dish needs to just cook on its own without too much fussing required from the cook. I just finished a long day of work {in heels} and a thirty mile commute. I’m not […]

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Herbed Potato Crisps with Asiago, Bacon, and Honey

Disclaimer: I was given free Asiago cheese to review for this post. All opinions are my own.  After receiving a huge chunk of mature Asiago DOP in the mail one blissful day last week, I made plan after plan to whip up something deserving of a truly delicious cheese. The Asiago Consortium provided a lot […]

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Italian Butternut Squash & Tomato Soup

When I make soup with pumpkin, I usually gravitate to curry flavors. My favorite pumpkin soup recipe, for example, includes an apple, peanut butter, and plenty of curry. Although I live on a diet that is approximately 35% butternut squash during the fall, there are some things that I do not understand about the way […]

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{Crock Pot} Marinara Sauce with Italian Sausage

My family communicates primarily through food. While your mom might send a group text to your siblings with a “happy Thursday, love you!”, my mom starts the group text with “wondering whether to do a peanut sauce or a curry with the greens?” or “what’s everyone making tonight?”. These texts then lead to a discussion, […]

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Zucchini Bake with Pesto & Thyme

If you are a summer gardener, you probably have more zucchini than you know what to do with. If you frequent your local farmer’s market, you may have forgotten that you already bought zucchini at the store last week, bought a dozen gorgeous squash specimens from your favorite stand, then realized at home that you […]

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Peach Caprese

Summer grilling season is here and we are rejoicing at being able to to take the Sparkle Kitchen to the patio for the next few months. Citronella candles set the mood and the never-ending symphony of dogs barking at each other or making intense eye contact while panting provides the perfect ambiance while the mosquitoes treat themselves […]

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