"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Peppers & Eggs Skillet Casserole: Sofrito con Huevo #Foodie Friday

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All over the Mediterranean there are different versions of pepper and egg dishes like this one. Most use a variety of peppers, you can add some hotter peppers if you like a little spice. The peppers are usually sauteed with onions, and tomatoes or tomato sauce is added to the dish which is topped with eggs that are steam cooked. 


Gateau Basque #French Fridays with Dorie

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I've discovered another reason why I am not a baker: I don't like stuffI'm a minimalist by nature. I like to fill my surrounding with space, not things, but baking requires things. 


Pasta with Raw Tomatoes #River Cottage VEG #Weekly Menu Plan

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Tomatoes are so delicious this time of year there is really no reason to cook them. For a busy mid-week meal all you have to do is boil up some pasta, whisk together: about 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil with some capers, garlic, and red cayenne or chili flakes, chop up about 1 1/2 pounds of tomatoes, put them into the pasta and add some fresh basil and some parmesan cheese. You'll have a quick healthy meal.


Slow Cooker Chicken with Spinach & Mushrooms #Foodie Friday

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My family and I have been having a lovely, but busy summer. My daughter's swim team will be ending this week and it looks like the team will move up a division... GO LAKESIDE!


Summer Vegetable Soup: Provencal Vegetable Soup #French Fridays with Dorie

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I am exhausted. This was an excellent day to clean out my fridge by making Summer Vegetable Soup. This weekend I stayed in Manhattan with a group of East Coast French Friday with Dorie participates. We call ourselves Doristas.


Summer Peach Salsa #It's All Greek to Me #Food of the World #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Benbella books. All opinions are my own. 

When I was in London for my mother's 80th birthday a few years ago we where being held hostage by a very pedantic tour guide at the British Museum. He was going on and on about the importance of the Rosetta Stone... which really is quite a site to see. Because it was written in both ancient Greek and Egyptian it was the key to translating Egyptian hieroglyphs.


Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates #Foodie Friday #Food of the World

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High in fiber, high in calcium, low in fat... and I have the nerve to call these Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates appetizers... I mean come on, they are down right healthy.


Sole with Capers, Cornichons, and Brown Butter Sauce

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I was planning on making Dorie Greenspan's Skate with Capers, Cornichons, and Brown Butter Sauce but I ran into difficulty finding skate. I never cooked skate at home, and I never actually saw it in my fishmonger's store... so when he said he couldn't get it - I really wasn't that surprised.


Roasted Zucchini with Mozzarella #River Cottage VEG #Weekly Menu Plan

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I intended to make the River Cottage VEG recipe: Marinated Zucchini with Mozzarella but when I started frying the zucchini strips and they were taking way longer than 2 minutes a side to brown I had to think fast. My family was starving!


Greek Caviar Dip: Taramasalata #Foodie Friday #Food of the World

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When I was in high school I had a girlfriend, Kristine who's family was from Greece. I would love going to her house after school because her mom always made the most exotic snacks. 


Shrimp Filled Zucchini Blossoms #French Fridays with Dorie

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"The zucchini plants are out of control in the garden. We are going to have so many zucchini this year." 

"Then cut some of the flowers and I'll fry them up."

"I'm not eating flowers."

"Why not, we always ate them when I was a kid."

"Yeah, and you ate dandelions and eels too."


Vegetable Casserole: Briam #Food of the World

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It is said to "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." I couldn't image a more foolish idea. Greeks have given the world so many wonderful gifts... their contributions to philosophy, architecture, literature, mathematics, language, art... and FOOD.. is just astonishing! 

Greek Food... Perfect for Summer! #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan


Tomorrow begins our Food of the World trip to Greece. I had always wanted to spend my honeymoon cruising around the Greek islands. I went to Portugal instead, which was wonderful too. I love all the countries of the Mediterranean, but it seems that Greece is the center of it all... an old culture with a rich, healthy cuisine and a strong belief in moderation


Low Sugar Lemon Berry Tart #Pyure Stevia #Foodie Friday

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This post is sponsored by Pyure. Opinions are my own.

I come from a family of diabetics. Both sets of my grandparent on both sides of the family and my father were diabetics and 2 of my 3 siblings have diabetes. 


Roasted Tomatoes: Tomatoes Provencal #French Fridays with Dorie

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My backyard growing up bordered on Italy. Really... the courtyard in the back of my house was occupied by Italian immigrants. They all appeared to be old to me. The ladies in black dresses would spend their days playing pinochle outside when the weather was nice and tending to their gardens. Everyone grew tomatoes and everyone talked about tomatoes. Tomatoes are still my main topic of conversation with my mother and uncles in the summer. They are like children to Italians, the concern and attention tomatoes are given...