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Appetizers and Sides

Holiday Brie

By On November 20, 2015

This is a simple, elegant way to serve brie during the holidays . With the red, white and green theme you’ve got a perfect dish for a holiday party. I’ve been making… Read More

Holidays and Special Occasions

Oven Risotto with Kale

By On February 9, 2015

I adapted this recipe from Bon Appetit. I used pecans instead of walnuts and 1/2 of an onion, which I think is plenty for a cup of rice. This recipe is wonderful!… Read More

Appetizers and Sides

Eggplant Pizzas

By On November 7, 2014

These little pizzas are so easy and delicious. We have been eating meatless dinners about twice a week and this is one of the best ways to do that. This is a… Read More


Italian Gnocchi

By On October 8, 2014

  One of our best friends, Jon Dee Graham, and I have been talking about making gnocchi together for years. Finally, we did and what a great time was had with Jon… Read More


Spaghetti with Baked Cherry Tomatoes

By On September 18, 2014

This delicious easy pasta recipe is adapted from Lidia Bastianich. She is a great cook and her book, Lidia Cooks From the Heat of Italy, is fantastic. It is divided into different… Read More

Appetizers and Sides

Panzanella Bread Salad

By On August 22, 2014

  It’s the dog days of summer, very hot and dry and we are so ready for some cool weather in Austin. Salads are a lovely dinner this time of year with… Read More

Appetizers and Sides

Heirloom Tomatoes with Gorgonzola Cheese

By On July 16, 2014

This recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa‘s blue cheese dressing. I used Gorgonzola cheese. Gorgonzola is a veined Italian blue cheese made from unskimmed cows milk, mostly produced in Northern Italy.… Read More

Appetizers and Sides


By On June 23, 2014

What is scafata? I saw it in Bon Appetit, looking absolutely delicious with a poached egg on top and I knew I just had to make it!  I am always looking for… Read More


Penne with Asparagus

By On May 25, 2014

I was inspired to make this recipe after one of my best friends, Pixie Yates, sent me a picture of the dinner she made Saturday night at her home in NYC.  Pixie… Read More

Appetizers and Sides

Grilled Eggplant with Smoked Paprika & Basil

By On April 7, 2014

Grilled eggplant is delicious and so easy to prepare. Wash one medium eggplant and cut into 1/8 inch slices.  Fire up a grill pan and spray with cooking oil – I like… Read More