• Recipes

    Zucchini and Feta Stuffed Ravioli with Cherry Tomato Sauce

    Here’s my no cost dinner!  I just emptied the fridge with everyday ingredients! Fresh zucchini, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and wontons! Dinner! Ready, set, go! I took the feta cheese out of the fridge to soften.  I had about 5 ounces. Then I blanched 2 medium sized zucchini which I had cut into circles.  (To blanch: boil a pot of water and add the zucchini for 3 minutes).  Drain and put into an ice bath (a bowl of ice water) for a few minutes to stop the cooking. Drain again and blot dry with a paper towel. Next I chopped the zucchini into very small pieces and mixed with the softened feta.  Added a…

  • Quick Bites,  Smörgåsbord

    Fresh Sweet Corn Tips

    Always shuck your sweetcorn at the very last minute. Pull off the silks (the hairy stuff), then strip off the husks. Boil a large pot of water, add salt…lots of salt. Reduce water to a simmer and drop in the corn cobs for 15-20 minutes. Strain the corn cobs and slather in butter and more salt. (Lower calorie alternative: don’t slather with butter but drizzle cooked cobs with olive oil and sprinkle with cilantro or parsley). Eat like there is no tomorrow!

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    Pasta di Olive – Black Olive Paste

      Try this versatile olive paste.  Use it as a pizza base, in a tomato pasta sauce or on toasted ciabatta.  It’s also great added to a vinaigrette. 1 Cup black olives, pitted and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil Fresh ground Black pepper to taste Mix all ingredients in a food processor.  Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

  • Quick Bites

    What is “Smoke Point”?

    Smoke point refers to the stage at which heated oil reaches its limit and starts to smoke.  After that point, the oil is no longer useable for cooking because it will make food smell and taste unpleasant.   An oil’s smoke point is determined by how it was processed and the additives that it contains.  The oils with lower smoke points are generally unrefined.  The higher smoke point a particular oil has, the better it is for frying.   The following are approximate smoke points for different types of oil:   Sunflower;  390 degrees Sesame Seed, Olive and Corn;  410 degrees Canola;  435 degrees Grape seed;  445 degrees Soybean, Safflower and…

  • The Pantry

    What to Stock in Your Pantry

    Have a look at these items that I suggest you keep in your pantry at all times.  It will make your life easier for your daily cooking, and for those spur of the moment meals.  If you see something you never use, then leave it out, and be sure to add your favorite things.  SPICE RACK cayenne pepper  bay leaves  ground cinnamon  sweet paprika  dried rosemary  crushed red pepper flakes  dried thyme  dried oregano  kosher salt  black peppercorns  fine sea salt  FRIDGE  soy sauce  salsa  Tabasco sauce  ketchup  Worcestershire sauce  pure maple syrup  mayonnaise  Dijon mustard  milk  unsalted butter  sour cream  yogurt  large eggs  cheddar cheese  bacon  olives  white wine  CUPBOARDS  garlic …

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