Melanzane Arroste Sottoaceto – Roasted Eggplant in Balsamic Vinegar

by Janelle 08.15.2011
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For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, I can think of no better dish to prepare then Melanzane Arroste Sottoaceto – Roasted Eggplant in Balsamic Vinegar. My grandmother’s recipe is always a hit, with its vibrant zing of tangy balsamic vinegar and mix of fresh basil and mint coating dozens of pieces of smoky, […]

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Sticky Bun Cake

by Janelle 08.08.2011
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As a lover of sweet breakfast dishes, I am always thrilled to find new and easy recipes for breakfast and brunch ideas. My boyfriend’s Mom makes a scrumptious Sticky Bun Cake that I look forward to every time I visit. The cake is made using plain frozen bread rolls that, when baked together, form a […]

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Six Week “Baptist” Bran Muffins

by Janelle 07.30.2011
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Love the taste of freshly baked, homemade, hot bran muffins every morning? I have found a recipe to make this happen. With this delicious and healthy recipe, you are able to make the muffin mix and keep the batter in the refrigerator for up to six weeks so you can bake the muffins as you […]

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Lemon Snack Cake

by Janelle 07.22.2011
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If you are looking for a light cake that doesn’t make a huge portion, look no further than this delicious Lemon Snack Cake. Tangy, moist cake is topped with a sweet, fluffy frosting and, best of all, it can all be made in one pan! Simply mix the dry ingredients in your 8-inch baking pan, […]

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Zucchini Rounds

by Janelle 07.18.2011
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One of my favorite summertime dishes my grandmother makes is Zucchini Rounds. Perfect for a side dish, served hot or cold, or a light lunch, these tasty vegetable patties are irresistible. The rounds are made using Bisquick mix as the base and combining Parmesan cheese, scallions, garlic, parsley, eggs and paper-thin, sliced zucchini into a […]

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A Croque Monsieur Recipe from Paris for Bastille Day

by Janelle 07.14.2011
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In honor of Bastille Day today, I wanted to share an authentic recipe for one of the most well-known and beloved french bistro dishes, the Croque Monsieur. As French as it gets, this haute, cheesy grilled ham and cheese sandwich began as a sort of “fast food” snack enjoyed at the countless bistros in Paris. […]

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The Ultimate Paella

by Janelle 07.10.2011
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Following a Spanish cooking class at the Institute of Culinary Education, my boyfriend and I set out to make the perfect authentic paella. Paella is a traditional Valencian rice dish that originated in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.

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Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies

by Janelle 07.02.2011
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New York pastry chef François Payard is renowned for many dessert delicacies, but my all-time favorite is the divine Flourless Choolate-Walnut Cookie. If you have ever visited his chic Upper East Side pâtisserie, you most likely witnessed the sight (and cult-following) of these amazingly unique and delicious gooey chocolate cookies.

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Classic Andalusian Gazpacho from Cádiz, Spain

by Janelle 06.30.2011
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One of my favorite summer meals is gazpacho because it is so light, refreshing and packed with flavor. Hailing from Andalusia on the southern coast of Spain, this cold soup epitomizes tasty, fresh Spanish cuisine. Although there are loads of different variations on the traditional dish, I set out to find the most authentic recipe […]

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Summer Strawberry Cake

by Janelle 06.29.2011
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If you are lucky enough to visit a farmer’s market in your hometown, you will most likely be able to find delicious, fresh-picked strawberries in the early months of summer. Local strawberries are nothing like store-bought varieties and one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is to make some delicious baked goods. Instead of […]

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