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BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) bruschetta

The bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, or BLT as it is more popularly called, is a relatively new invention. Unlike the empanada, for instance, which was being enjoyed in the Mediterranean as early as the 1500s, the BLT was unknown prior to 1900. And on its first … [Read more...]

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Hummus with tahini

Hummus is chickpeas in Arabic. Hummus with tahini is a dip or spread made with chickpea puree, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice and salt, and may or may not include garlic. It is served cold traditionally with pita.When and where exactly this cold chickpea puree … [Read more...]

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Homemade tahini (sesame seed paste)

Sam's journey toward vegetarianism has been a huge challenge for me as a cook. I'm learning about new ingredients and new ways to prepare ingredients I've tended to ignore in the past, I'm learning to cook dishes that I've always filed away under "too foreign to try" and I'm … [Read more...]

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Spinach, bacon and cheese frittata

There is an Italian chef who guested on The Chew, I can't remember his name but I can't forget something he said. "Everything sounds sexier in Italian." In the case of the frittata, I agree. You say frittata and it's almost like a caress. But as foreign as frittata may … [Read more...]

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Bruschetta with spinach, tomato and cheese

If you're wondering what the difference is between bruschetta and crostini, it has more to do with the preparation than with the size and thinness of the bread. Both bruschetta and crostini are Italian terms for toast bread. Generally, crostini are smaller and thinner. But … [Read more...]

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Tiramisu with Kahlua

I've made tiramisu with ladyfingers and I've made a version served in wineglasses. Last Sunday, I made yet another variation of tiramisu -- with the softest and moistest sponge cake which I drizzled with strong coffee spiked with Kahlua. So, so good.This dessert is ideal … [Read more...]

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Fettuccine aglio e olio with mussels

It's still the very basic and very easy to make pasta aglia e olio. Two additions, though. The first is an ingredient; the second is both an ingredient and a procedure.Evidently, I added mussels. And to give the dish a deeper flavor, I cooked the fettuccine in mussel … [Read more...]

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Basil and garlic focaccia

In a post I published four and a half years ago, I mentioned that everyone in my family has a unique favorite bread. Alex's favorite is focaccia. That hasn't changed in four and a half years. What has changed is the price of focaccia. My goodness, you'd think special … [Read more...]