Tortellini Antipasto Salad

Here’s a Pasta Salad that’s fantastic for a party or gathering anytime of year. This isn’t any plain ol’ boring Pasta Salad, though. This one has it all! Lots of stuff. Lots of cheese. Lots of flavor and the best dressing you’ve ever tasted. Advertisements

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Summer Bean Salad with Corn & Tomatoes

Here’s a perfect salad/side that just screams Summer! Maybe that’s why Chef Joe Kindred (Kindred’s Restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina – yep, the same restaurant responsible for Kindred’s Milk Bread) named the original recipe “Summer Bean Salad.”

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Watermelon & Tomato Salad

So a few days ago I posted the most marvelous Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin. It was a huge hit at our house. What wasn’t a hit was the Watermelon and Tomato Salad. So I tinkered (and after the tinkering) loved it. And I made it again, today, just to be sure.

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Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

Do you ever mess up a recipe and then decide that you liked it so much you couldn’t have it any other way? Well, that’s what happened to this Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn from the July/August Food Network Magazine. It turned out to be a happy mistake.

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Simple Cherry Tomato Salad

My folks love tomatoes. Any tomatoes. Me, I’m a sucker for a fresh garden tomato and otherwise they leave me cold. So when I come across tomatoes that could use a little help, I jazz them up a bit. Not that these lovelies in the photos needed any help, mind you.

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Oven Roasted Tomato Tart

Have a safe Memorial day, all. If you’re not in the States, Memorial day is the day we honor those who’ve died serving our country. It’s also the day many visit the final resting places of loved ones, go to parades and have get togethers around the grill. Here, Memorial day is really the unofficial “official” start…

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Grilled Vegetables with Tonkatsu Sauce

Good news! I was just outside and there was a cool wind! By cooler, I mean cool (85 degrees F) compared to what we’ve had. I think that nasty old heat dome is passing by! I wanted to throw up my arms and dance. And maybe I did, just a little. 🙂 I was like…

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Citrus Rosemary Brined Chicken with Saute of Vegetables

I watched an episode of Diner’s Drive-Ins & Dives the other day and just couldn’t get the Citrus Brined Rosemary Chicken from the Black Pelican out of my mind! The chicken looked amazing and the saute of vegetables – wow! No recipe was given but I followed along and created this shortcut version.

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Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Pasta (or without)

One of my favorite recipes is really a “non” recipe. Too simple, really, to even be written down! Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are one of my favorite sides, about 10 minutes to make and delicious. They’re great in the summer when cherry tomatoes are at their peak, and nearly as good during the winter months.…

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White Bean Ragout over Garlic Toasts . $4.23

I’m always excited when I see a major food magazine put out a simple recipe using wholesome ingredients. I loved it when Bon Appetite recently recognized that some flavors just stand on their own, and even a depression era dish like “beans on toast” can be updated to today’s standards and still retain their integrity.

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Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes & Artichokes

When the temperatures are soaring and the tomatoes are coming in, its nice to serve a simple pasta dish and not heat up the oven. This one is meant to be warm or room temperature as a kind of pasta salad, but it is good the next day, too, chilled.

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