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Lemon & Garlic Green Beans

Lemon & Garlic Green Beans by John Spottiswood

It is rare to have a side dish which everyone keeps reaching for instead of the main dish. That's especially true if its a fairly simple green vegetable side. But these green beans were truly that good. We used packaged, thin french cut green beans from Trader Joes. They are tender and tasty on their own, but I've never had them taste…

8 votes
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Brussel Sprouts Sauteed in Garlic & Olive Oil

Brussel Sprouts Sauteed in Garlic & Olive Oil by John Spottiswood

This is a simple, tasty side dish to add to your menu. I've adapted it from Marcella Hazan's recipes for other vegetables. It tastes GREAT with Brussel Sprouts. Broccoli is good too.

24 votes
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Pasta with Spinach, Ricotta, Ham

Pasta with Spinach, Ricotta, Ham by John Spottiswood

This is one of our family staples. It is healthy and delicious! Two of our kids say it is their favorite dish. We've adapted it from Marcella Hazan. It's easy to throw together and great the next day too.

10 votes
31665 views
Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli by John Spottiswood

This roasted broccoli recipe, adapted from the Barefoot Contessa, is really wonderful. It has a lot of flavor. We served it with a mild pasta, and it was just a wonderful combination. Don't be worried by the lemon juice and zest. They impart a subtle flavor that adds a nice dimension to this dish.

25 votes
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Sicilian Eggplant & Ricotta Pasta

Sicilian Eggplant & Ricotta Pasta by John Spottiswood

This is yet another wonderful Italian recipe that I've adapted from Marcella Hazan's classic "Essentials of Italian Cooking". This one is good enough that my wife put a little smily face in the upper corner of the recipe and wrote "It's a keeper!". I think you'll feel the same way. We served this for friends with a wonderful citrus…

12 votes
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Simple Pasta with Garlic & Olive Oil

Simple Pasta with Garlic & Olive Oil by John Spottiswood

This is a classic recipe that is so simple to make but always delicious. You can serve this as a side dish to any grilled meat or vegetable entree. It can also stand on it's own or be paired with a salad for a light lunch or dinner. It's a great, easy recipe to add to your list of staples. Using a good olive oil is key here. I…

12 votes
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Al Templeman's famous Salad Dressing

Al Templeman's famous Salad Dressing by Al Templeman

I started making this because my wife, Jeanne, would not stop complaining about how bad store bought salad dressings are. Over time, I've optimized it to both of our tastes. I never make it exactly the same, but the directions below will turn out a delicious base dressing that you can then iterated on. I always store the dressing…

4 votes
9601 views
Homemade Manicotti

Homemade Manicotti by Nancy Miyasaki

This recipe is simple and absolutely delicious. It is a reasonable amount of work, so good to cook for a large party or family gathering. It is fun to prepare with a friend or relative, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand! I adapted this from a recipe cookoff I saw on the Food Network.

6 votes
15544 views
Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta by Patricia Stagich

This is a spin off of the Cheesecake Factory's recipe!

3 votes
20979 views
Shaved Brussels Sprout and Farro Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout and Farro Salad by John Spottiswood

This recipe is adapted from one by Susan Spungen. I thought it was phenomenal. If you can't find Farro, you coud substitute brown rice or pearl barley, but get Farro if you can. It's wonderful. You might consider serving this as a side for Thanksgiving. It would make a great addition.

3 votes
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Gordon Ramsay Style Mushroom and Leek Pasta

Gordon Ramsay Style Mushroom and Leek Pasta by Hina Gujral

In one of the episodes, Gordon shared 'Quick TV Dinners' - Mushroom and Leek Pasta, Farfalle with ricotta, pancetta & peas, Tagliatelle with quick sausage meat bolognaise, Spaghetti with chilly, sardines & oregano and Sweet corn fritters & yoghurt dip, for his Mushroom and Leek Pasta he used Lasagna sheets and I loved the way he…

1 vote
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Gnocchi Carmelita's Way

Gnocchi Carmelita's Way by Carmelita

For soft light fluffy pillows that taste of potato, I have always made potato gnocchi without using egg at all and keeping the amount of flour to a minimum. Blog followers have tried my recipe and loved it, see for yourself and let me know what you think!

2 votes
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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto by Joanne

If your garden is over flowing with basil, get the Ball freezer jars ready because you just can't make enough of this easy yet robust, flavorful pesto. It makes a terrific sauce and a nice little dip for crudites or crackers. The recipe yields two Ball 16 oz. Freeze Jars of Pesto. *You’ll want more.

1 vote
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Tofu Honey Panna Cotta with Blood Oranges, and Pistachio

Tofu Honey Panna Cotta with Blood Oranges, and Pistachio by House Foods America

Chef Wong combines complimentary colors and textures in this flavorful and satisfying Italian dessert. Recipe created by Chef Lee Anne Wong For House Foods America

1 vote
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Minestrone Romagna Style

Minestrone Romagna Style by John Spottiswood

This is the way minestrone is made in Romagna. It's not a lot of prep time, but you simmer the soup for a long time until all of the vegetable flavors mellow into one mild but delicious soup. The subtle flavors of this soup are even more delicious the next day, so it is a good dish to prepare in advance of guests arriving for a…

14 votes
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