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Steak Salad with Mushrooms

A great salad starts with the freshest greens…but it distinguishes itself with whats on top. This salad with pan seared steak and sautéed shiitake mushrooms will inspire you to ditch the classic steak dinner for this Steak and Mushroom Salad. It’s the perfect lightened up version for meat and potatoes and so good it will […]

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Cucina Povera – Loaded Lentil Soup

There’s a term in Italian cooking called “cucina povera” meaning poor kitchen or cooking of the poor. I grew up with this cooking…not that we were poor but that we believed in a philosophy of using humble ingredients and what was on hand to make something good to eat. I still believe in this philosophy […]

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Spicy Pickles

Making pickled vegetables is a great way to use up and preserve extra vegetables. They’re delicious served with salads, sandwiched and burgers. And pickling is so easy…literally anyone can do it. Equal parts water and vinegar + salt and spices. The biggest decision to make is whether or not to first boil the liquid brine […]

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