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Mexican Meatloaf

For years in my restaurant I would make a meatloaf flavored with eggplant. Most of the time, I would grill the eggplant, chop it up, and add it to a mix of ground turkey and sausage meat. Recently, I began roasting the eggplant (sliced side down on a sheet pan) in a 400 degree oven, […]

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Always keep some dough on hand.

Basic Pizza Dough

  What could be more social than pizza? My daughter had a craving (okay, make that me) only she wanted plain cheese and I wanted mushroom…so we had both. It was thin crusted (of course you can make the crust thicker if you like) and so yummy. Plus this basic dough is perfect for bread, […]

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Polenta with Bolognese Sauce

Make a big pot of polenta and the Bolognese sauce below, (or a meatless sauce) call a group of friends, serve warm on your own communal plate and start the conversation and wine flowing. Basic Polenta Recipe Serves 5 or more 1 pound or slightly more of coarsely ground corn meal (you want corn meal […]

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Risotto Stuffed Pork Chops

I made (or should I say my students made) this in a recent cooking class. I wanted to demonstrate various cooking techniques and this was a good one for pan searing, sautéing and roasting. They stuffed pork chops with a risotto, crimini mushroom and spinach.mixture. It was delicious with the risotto picking up the juices […]

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Frittatas

Frittatas are Italian omelets. They are usually made in a deep skillet on the stovetop and finished in the oven. They are super easy to make and infinitely versatile. All they really have in common are eggs. All the other ingredients are up to you. The one in the photo (yes it does look like […]

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Tuna Puttanesca

Olives and tomatoes are a perfect pairing. Add capers and anchovies and you have a classic Italian sauce that began with the most humble beginnings. If you haven’t heard the story, it originated in Naples and got it’s name from the “ladies of the night” or whore, called puttana in Italian. Though there are many […]

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