Recently had an extra pint of cherry tomatoes on hand and was in search of comfort food. Devised this soup in a pinch and thought it was worth sharing. Mine was a quick soup for one but the recipe has been scaled up and uses the more economical Roma tomato. If you have lots of cherry or grape tomatoes -- they have a sweetness that pairs beautifully with the vinegar -- use them or do a mix with the roma tomatoes. If you are making this Kosher, skip the cheese or be sure to use vegetable broth.
This dish was inspired by Vote_for_Pedro's White Bean & Spinach Soup. Like the original, this is quick, easy and full of flavor. It makes a nice dinner for 4 served with a good salad or it can be a starting course and serve more. Use 3 or 4 cups of broth according to how thick you like your soups or how much liquid your pasta absorbs.
The original recipe comes from one of my favorite Italian cookbooks. Adapted to my own tastes and availability of ingredients, this comforting stew packs lots of flavor and can easily be thrown together for a mid-week meal. I usually serve mine with a nice green salad on the side.
Based on a Cooking Light recipe, this has been modified to suit my own tastes. The sweet onions and balsamic vinegar create a lovely contrast in flavors that pair together so well. I usually serve this with couscous or brown rice with a green vegetable such as zucchini or spinach. Reheats well for lunch the next day.
I love biscotti of all sorts, and this recipe, packed with walnuts in a double chocolate dough, is just delicious. Adopted from Mean Chef in September 2006, I have left the original directions intact, but added my comments and notations in parentheses. As presented, this yields about 30 six inch long cookies. If you want smaller biscotti, divide the dough into 3 logs, and reduce your baking time accordingly.
While the combination strawberries with balsamic vinegar is common in many dishes, the sweet-acidic balance of the vinegar pairs well with other fruits. This dessert whips up in a heartbeat and is the perfect ending to an Italian meal.
I should call this lazy granita as the use of the food processor makes this simple and less labor intensive than the typical process of watching the freezing ice and regularly breaking it up. This is a delightful summer treat that satisifies the need for an evening sweet. Cooking time is freezing time.
Have always been a fan of slow cooked meals and with my new crock pot, I'm equiped to try some new ones. The original recipe comes from "The Slow Cooker Bible" and includes my intended modifications. As I have not yet tried this dish, feedback is especially welcome.
I recently purchased “The New American Plate” a wonderful cookbook filled with dishes with sophisticated flavors that are also healthful – lots of lean meats, grains and vegetables. This frittata is my own take on one of my brunch favorites – with autumnal flavors that give another reason to love sleepy Sunday mornings. Though usually served hot for brunch or a light supper, it makes a great snack served at room temperature.
This was one of my favorite Weight Watchers recipes and a nice variation on the standard red sauce lasagna. It is creamy and a bit sweet from the squash and raisins and oh so satifying. As presented here, it is a bit higher in points than the original (7 versus 6 points) but I think is a more appealing, creamier dish. Whether you are doing WW or not, you'll enjoy this one. I've also added 1/2 cup of part-skim ricotta (4 points total) to the middle layer at times with good success.
For Christmas, mom gave me a new cookbook (what else!) of biscotti recipes. This one intrigued me as it uses whole wheat rather than white flour and brown sugar rather than white. Though I have not yet made these, thought it was worth sharing.
In an effort to remove most processed white stuff - flour and sugar - from my diet, have recently begun to experiment more with grains. One Sunday I was in the mood for something decadent like Eggs Benedict or Eggs Florentine and came up with this. Thought it was good enough for sharing. The recipe requires a bit of work so for convenience, one could make this with either store bought or left over polenta wedges. Country Lady has great instructions for making poached eggs (#79662) if you need more detail. This would work well for those in the later phases of the South Beach Diet.
Nothing is better in the summer than a frosty frozen fruit treat. Even better when its is light and luscious like this one. The lime heightens the natural sweetness of the mango while the whipped egg whites make the dessert light and airy. I ran across this one in a local newspaper and recently decided to try it in my ice cream maker. The directions and preparation time here are for conventional freezer preparation without an appliance.
Another tasty looking recipe that I found on a supermarket circular. The combination of figs and goat is such a pleasure, I'm looking forward to trying this. When I finally get around to making this, will probably look for some ways to reduce the oil in the dressing.
Found this in a stack of clippings and can't quite figure out where it came from - New York Times perhaps. The combination of ingredients looks just wonderful to me and I'm keeping it safe here before I lose it.
Based on a Martha Stewart Everyday Food recipe, this is a quick dish recipe that has clean lines and flavors. Though baked, the chicken ressembles poached chicken The Mediterranean inspired ingredients couple well with couscous and a simple green salad.
Biscotti are a wonderful treat. Not a sweet as a more traditional cookie, they work well as a midafternoon snack along with a cup of tea or coffee or as a light ending to a great supper. In addition, these double baked cookies are easy to prepare and store rather well. In this recipe the delightful flavors of chocolate and cherry are paired together. Found this on the Internet and storing it (with my inteneded tweaking) for safe keeping.
So versatile, I could eat eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That sentiment seems to be widely shared given the number of dishes from the world over featuring this staple. This Italian dish is my take on a Weight Watcher's recipe.
Bright citrus flavors and aromatic herbs make this chicken dish a certain croud pleaser. The double reduction -- once before baking and again after -- give this a wonderful concentration of color and flavor. Serve with a beautiful green vegetable such as spinach, asparagus or green beans. This dish is from the Aeolian Islands just off the shores of Sicily and adapted from a 1993 issue of Eating Well magazine. (Had good success making the sauce and preparing the chicken the night before. Just needed to quickly rewarm the sauce before baking.)