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Italian Vegetable Stew (Ciambotta)

Here’s one stew that you have to make before summer slips away. Ciambotta, a traditional Southern Italian stew is chock-full of summer vegetables that are simmered in a thick and hearty tomato-enriched broth. It’s the perfect way to use up some of … Continue reading

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Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz

When it feels like the surface of the sun outside, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven or fire up the grill. Instead, this time of year one of my favorite meals to make is ceviche served … Continue reading

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The first time I tried this recipe for lasagna was over eight years ago and it quickly become a family favorite. It is one of the first recipes that I made from Allrecipes.com. It had so many rave reviews that … Continue reading

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Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad

Since the weather has been warming up here in Central Illinois, Andrew and I have been taking advantage of the unusually high temperatures by firing up the grill and dining al fresco each evening. This light and simple salad is … Continue reading

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Dates with Goat Cheese Wrapped in Prosciutto

Over the summer when Andrew and I went to Key West we ate at the tapas style restaurant Santiago Bodega where we had stuffed dates for the first time. They were so warm, crispy and delicious that I knew I had to recreate … Continue reading

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Corn Chowder

This satisfying Corn Chowder makes the most of sweet, fresh summer corn. This is one of the best corn chowders I have ever tasted. Made with fresh corn, redskin potatoes, bacon, onions and one simple ingredient that takes this chowder from … Continue reading

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Garden Zucchini Parmesan Biscuits

Savory biscuits packed with shredded zucchini, chopped tomatoes, scallions, basil and Parmesan cheese make a wonderful accompaniment to any summer meal. Smeared with butter or dipped in olive oil, these savory biscuits are sure to become one of your favorite ways to … Continue reading

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Colorful Summer Chickpea Salad

When the weather gets hot, cool down with this simple and delicious Chickpea Salad with fresh vegetables, lemon and fresh herbs. I love chickpeas. I throw them into salads, roast them in the oven, even eat them by the handful. So … Continue reading

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Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli is roasted with thinly sliced garlic then tossed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, Parmesan cheese, basil, and toasted pine nuts. This zingy side dish is the perfect accompaniment to many grilled foods. This side dish is my husbands … Continue reading

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Farfalle Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream

Farfalle Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream is a wonderful quick and easy dish for any night of the week! Bow tie pasta is tossed with sweet Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, and cream. This pasta dish has tons of rich and creamy … Continue reading

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