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Tricolore Salad

Spring and summer are potluck season, and a big, brightly-colored salad is like a big bowl of love. Plus, it’s a sneaky, delicious way to get everyone to eat more vegetables. This quick salad showcases the colors of the Italian flag: green basil, white zucchini, and red tomatoes — and it tastes like leisurely, sunny days. Serve it as a topping for grilled chicken or fish, or as part of an antipasto... read more

Slow Cooker Osso Buco Stew

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of slow cooker stews because I think they get too watery — but sometimes, like now, when we’re packing and traveling and generally FREAKING OUT IN A GOOD WAY about moving to Vermont, it’s nice to just toss some quality ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do its thing. I’m happy to report that a short simmer, uncovered in a... read more

MMM: Italian Slow Cooker Meatballs

Today’s recipe is courtesy of Stephanie Gaudreau at Stupid Easy Paleo. She’s disguised the superfood power of liver in flavorful Italian meatballs in a slow cooker recipe, which means you can score the winning basket without even being in the kitchen… or something like that. This recipe is part of March Meatball Madness; get all the recipes right here. Italian Slow Cooker... read more

MMM: Chicken Pesto Meatballs In Marina

Spinning today: tender chicken meatballs, fragrant with pesto, gently cooked in a dead-simple tomato sauce. It’s garlicky, basil-y goodness guaranteed to “bring the house down.” This recipe is part of March Meatball Madness; get all the recipes right here. Chicken Pesto Meatballs in Marinara Sauce  Serves 2-4 | Prep 10 min | Cook 25 min | Whole30 compliant Ingredients: Meatballs: 1/2... read more

Herb “Rice” Salad

I’m visiting my family in Pennsylvania this week, and happy anticipation of grilling on the deck and splashing in the pool fueled my get-ready, packing frenzy. As long-time readers know, my mom and dad are (in)famous for their mad cooking skillz. One of my favorite summer recipes was my mom’s rice salad. Cool and slippery, it looked like colorful confetti in the bowl: white rice flecked with... read more

Muffaletta Salad

When I was a kid, my parents would sometimes take us to a food market in Reading, Pennsylvania (I think?) — stalls of butchers, produce vendors, prepared foods — and my two favorite stands were the bulk foods (sesame sticks!) and the Italian deli where we’d buy perfectly-spicy and just-greasy-enough, sliced pepperoni and brightly-colored giardiniera salad. Traditional giardiniera salad is made... read more

Old School Italian Meat Sauce

In college, I had a 100% Italian-American boyfriend, and I was partially adopted by his very traditional family. His mom was about 4’10” and a spitfire, and every week, she had a cooking schedule. A certain day of the week meant soup, another day was always a roast, and Sunday was spaghetti and meatballs. She’d make the sauce on Saturday afternoon so it could simmer until after mass on... read more

Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Roast

There was a cosmic convergence among five factors to bring this recipe post into your kitchens: 1. Nom Nom Paleo did a cooking demo of her incredibly, lusciously delicious Slow Cooker Kalua Pig at our paleo throwdown in Estes Park, Colorado — and her 3-ingredient recipe inspired me to think about how I could adapt her technique to some other flavors. 2. I’ve had to jettison spices this month... read more

Weirdly-Awesome, Awesomely-Weird Dinner For One

When I was growing up, my whole family ate dinner together at 5:00 p.m. most nights. But every once in a while, when I was a little older, I’d find myself in the house by myself, and that’s when I’d make weird stuff for dinner. Like a whole box of Steak-Umms (liberally sprinkled with garlic salt and browned in a pan until crispy) and a few Eggo waffles, burnt and slathered with butter.... read more

Beef Liver With Parsley-Onions & Lemon

I’m currently kickin’ it in Costa Rica, so most of my meals over the past few days have included fresh fish, avocado, lime juice, and mango. Look for a post later this week with some appropriately tropical meal ideas and maybe a new recipe or two. For now, here’s the result of my beef liver experiment from last week. Be open minded, and you’ll be rewarded. There was a lot of talk... read more

Tangy Goodness: Creamy Italian Dressing

When I was a kid, I hated sandwiches… especially ham & cheese – but I loved salads… especially with lots of creamy Italian dressing. My mom would pack my lunchtime salad in a Tupperware container, then put the bottled creamy Italian dressing in a plastic baggie. All I had to do was cut the corner off the bag and squeeze out the dressing. Pretty genius, right? Now I mostly dress our... read more

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