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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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French Country Stew

This French County Stew took me by surprise. Not that I didn’t expect it to be good…but that it was sooooo good I couldn’t get enough of it! Neither did all the people I served it to. I made it for the first time at a demo at Williams Sonoma in Danbury CT and I […]

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Creamy Potato Cheddar Soup with Jalapeño

This potato cheddar soup with a hint of spicy jalapeño is so easy to make, it really doesn’t even require a recipe. Boil potatoes just like you would when making mashed potatoes. Puree them. Add broth, Add cheese. Add sautéed jalapeño. But knowing that many people still want a recipe…I’ll gladly provide one. I finished […]

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