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Pan Fried Polenta with Sautéed Mushroom

Growing up, I thought polenta was strictly an Italian peasant dish. Later, I discovered that it was the darling of chic restaurants everywhere. But it’s just cornmeal, a common staple of nearly every ethnic group across the globe from Africa to Asia, Europe to South America and the American South (where it’s used to make […]

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3 Springtime Vinaigrettes to Hug your Greens

  There’s nothing quite like a beautifully emulsified vinaigrette to gently hug your greens … just enough to enhance their natural goodness and leave your palate with a delightful tang. Homemade vinaigrettes have no preservatives or extra calories. You’ll know exactly what goes in them because you made them yourself, from scratch. Another bonus: they’re […]

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The Winter Caprese Salad

  Fresh mozzarella, tangy balsamic & peppery arugula? Yes, please! Whether you’re planning a romantic meal or just looking for some weeknight dinner inspiration, this fresh, indulgent and delicious menu idea is a perfect fit. This recipe is a twist on the Caprese Salad — a staple in Italian restaurants everywhere. Although I love the classic combo […]

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