The Secret Ingredient

Inspiration for Everyday Cooking

Herb Roasted Turkey Tonnato

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The first time I ever had Turkey Tonnato was on a return trip to Siena, Italy, to visit my ‘host family’ with whom I lived while studying abroad some 15 years prior. Elena served it laid out beautifully on a platter at room temperature (as many things are served in Italy). I didn’t even know […] [Read More]

What’s for Dinner?

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I think people assume because I teach and write about cooking, that I’m making some fabulously fancy meal every night of the week.  I’m sorry to report that’s not really the case.  Yes, I do cook.  And yes, I do make things from scratch most nights.  But I’m not making Coq au Vin, and I’m […] [Read More]

Shrimp Fried Rice at Home

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I read a lot of cooking magazines.  I try a lot of recipes I find in them.  Many of them are very good, but only occasionally do I find one that makes it into my regular rotation.  I recently hit the lotto with this very simple recipe for Shrimp Fried Rice from Bon Appetit.  My […] [Read More]

Hard-Boiled Egg Round Up

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Easter is over, but there are still lots of colorful eggs in your fridge…what’s a bunny to do?  Here are some ideas for those leftovers…. Egg Salad Sandwiches— to me, this is the best use of leftover hard boiled eggs.  Add some chopped scallions like I did here and you’re in serious business. Add to […] [Read More]

Carrot Risotto

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Hooray for springtime!  With spring and the Easter Bunny on my mind, I thought I’d share a recipe for new dish featuring carrots!  I heard about a similar dish during an interview of the chef at Dirty Candy, a New York City based  a vegetarian restaurant.  I searched around for the recipe, but everything I […] [Read More]

One Last Stew…

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The only two things I will miss about wintertime are skiing and stew.  As we all start to lighten up for spring, the crock pots get put away for the season along with the heavy ingredients.  I recently found this recipe for Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Stew in a Weight Watchers booklet.  I […] [Read More]

Superbowl Snacks

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Many of you are probably mourning the Pats not making the Superbowl (in our house we are Buffalo Bills fans, so we are used to this feeling).  Well, all that means is you can pay less attention to the big game and more attention to the Superbowl snacks! Recently, SuzySaid.com, my favorite all-about-town website, asked […] [Read More]

Cornbread Combos

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It’s been awhile since my last post—between the holidays I moved into a new home and have been busybusy getting settled and was not doing a lot of cooking!  Now I’m back in action with my new kitchen and have been cooking and testing away the new year! Anytime I make chili, I make cornbread.  […] [Read More]

Turkey Leftover Wraps

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  The entire day is all about food!  No cards, no gifts, no costumes, and no elaborate decorations.  Just one big, glorious meal with family and friends.  Definitely my kind of holiday. While I’m the first to agree that there is nothing like a cold roasted turkey sandwich on toast with […] [Read More]

Homemade Hostess!!

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Twinkies and HoHos may soon be a thing of the past, but you can make your own Hostess-style cupcakes at home that taste even better than the original! A few years back, I was watching John Barricelli’s PBS show, Everyday Baking. John is the host of the show, plus is the owner of the fantastic SoNo Baking Company […] [Read More]