Category Archives: Vegetables

Zucchini Flowers – Two Ways…

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well.

Sorry for the delay in posting these recipes, very busy week……

Bob and I have been enjoying the zucchini flowers this week, both fried and prepared as a quiche and it really feels like Summer to us now.

Below are the two recipes I used so you can enjoy the zucchini flowers as well.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Zucchini Blossom Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 4- 6 eggs depending on the size
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/3 cup minced onions or shallots
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces shredded, mozzarella
  • 2 medium zucchini- washed and diced
  • 10 fried zucchini flowers
  • COOKS NOTE: fresh zucchini flowers can be used if you prefer – wash, stamen removed and check for any insects.

I make my quiche crustless but a crust can be used- personal preference …

  • 1- 9-inch unbaked frozen “deep Dish” pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Directions:

Hand whip eggs, half-and-half, and flour in a medium-mixing bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients.

Pour into a veggie sprayed pie pan or quiche dish OR , if using, an unbaked 9-inch, deep-dish piecrust.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until top is golden brown.

6-8 servings

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Fried Zucchini Blossoms

  • Ingredients:
  • approx. 1/2 lb. (12-14) – fresh Zucchini Flowers
  • dark ale preferred or any beer you have on hand
  • All-purpose Flour or OO tipo flour
  • salt and pepper
  • Oil For Frying (I prefer olive oil)

Directions:

  1. Rinse the zucchini flowers well under cool water and remove the inner stamen…. Be careful there might be insects especially bees inside the petals. Once rinsed well and cleaned, drain on paper towels. Any water will cause splatters once in the hot oil.
  2. In a small bowl add 2 cups of flour and a pinch of salt & pepper.
  3. Add enough beer to the flour, whisking until smooth to make a consistency of heavy cream.
  4. Heat the frying oil in a heavy bottomed skillet. Test if the oil is hot by adding a few drops of batter and see if it sizzles.
  5. Dip the zucchini flowers into the batter until lightly coated, letting the excess batter drip off.
  6. Carefully lower the zucchini flowers into the hot oil away from you to avoid splatters. Do this in batches and don’t overcrowd the skillet (that will reduce the temperature of your oil).
  7. Fry for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oil using tongs and set aside to drain on a plate topped with a few layers of kitchen paper or a cooling rack.
  9. I sprinkle with a little finely grated cheese (personal choice, this is optional) or a sprinkle of salt.
  10. Repeat the process with the remaining zucchini flowers until they are all fried.
  11. Serve immediately & enjoy

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I hope these recipes are helpful. The snake squash (Cucuzza) recipes will be posted next week.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

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Stay well,

Diane

Cauliflower Rice Veggie Stir Fry & Black Bean Stuffed Peppers …

Hi Everyone,

This recipe is dedicated to one of my health care providers – Michael C. who always brightens my day whenever we have the opportunity to speak.

Hope you are all well…

Today I wanted to share with you a new recipe for stuffed peppers. I know that I have posted recipes for traditional stuffed peppers with ground meat and a lighter version with beans, rice and cheese (the links for those recipes will be at the end of the post); but today I have another new version – “Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry”, veggies and black beans.

Cauliflower rice has become so popular in the last couple of years and I have made Cauliflower Tots and General Tso’s Cauliflower in the past (find recipes in search box) but I am always experimenting to create new recipes, and this recipe can be listed under “vegetarian and heart healthy”.

I recently placed an Instacart order from Costco and noticed that they were selling a Cauliflower stir fry (Tattooed chef brand) with veggies (peppers, peas & corn) included so I thought I would give it a try. My original idea was to just add some scrambled eggs and some lite soy sauce to make fried rice.

Then I bought the most beautiful organic bell peppers and the idea quickly changed to cauliflower stir fry stuffed peppers. I added some black beans for protein and a new recipe was born. I made a large batch of filling and used the extra for a side dish for another night during the week.

Follow the recipe below with step-by-step instructions and happy cooking…

(Don’t forget previous stuffed pepper recipes are listed below).

Cauliflower Rice Veggie Stir Fry with Black Beans Stuffed Peppers

Let’s Get Started ……….

INGREDIENTS:

2 bags of frozen cauliflower stir fry (from freezer to skillet)- no need to thaw & this package has veggies included.

You can add any combination of extra vegetables that you like, just cut them small to fit in the pepper cavity.

COOKS NOTE: you can also rice fresh cauliflower florets in the food processor

6 bell peppers

1 medium yellow onion

3-4 cloves of garlic

1 can (14 oz.) of low sodium black beans – rinsed & drained

1 can (14 oz.) of no salt added tomato sauce

1 can of cherry tomatoes with juice (optional)

COOKS NOTE: the canned tomatoes can be purchased at an Italian pork store or online at Eataly

1 tbsp. tomato paste

Oregano- 4 fresh sprigs or ¾ Tbsp. ground (remember to rub ground spices through your fingertips when adding to a dish to release the oils and flavor).

½ cup grated cheese (I use Locatelli Romano)

Garlic powder – ½ tsp

Fresh basil chiffonade

Mozzarella cheese

Olive oil – 3 Tbsp.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare the peppers by cleaning them well and then cutting the tops off and scooping out the ribs and seeds.

Dice the pepper tops into small dice and set aside.

I par boil the peppers for 7-10 minutes in boiling water- (do not make them too soft, they will still be cooked in the oven). Drain the peppers and set aside.

In a large skillet or sauté pan, add 2 tbsp. of olive oil on medium heat until hot. Add the garlic and sauté until lightly golden.

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Add the onions and sauté for a 3-4 minutes more…. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder & sauté for another minute.

Add the diced peppers and cook for 4-5 minutes until the peppers soften.

Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and the can of cherry tomatoes (if using).

Mix well, and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally for approx… 10 minutes.

Add the black beans, oregano and basil and mix well.

Add the frozen cauliflower stir fry and heat through for approx. 5-8 minutes. (use the back of a wooden spoon to break up the cauliflower).

Remove from the heat and stir in the grated cheese and taste for seasoning- more salt, pepper or spices might be needed to your taste.

Meanwhile spray a 9 X 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Spread a thin layer of the cooked filling on the bottom of the pan (this will give the peppers a base so they don’t flop over).

COOKS NOTE: IF peppers fall over — before filling slice a small amount of pepper off the bumpy bottoms to make them stand up.

Place a small amount of mozzarella cheese in the bottom of each pepper.

Now with a large spoon fill the hollow peppers and pack as much filling as you can and top with some grated cheese. (Any extra stuffing can be added to the baking dish).

Now top the peppers with additional mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 uncovered for 15 minutes until the peppers are cooked through and the cheese is melted.

COOKS NOTE -If you want a crispy cheese topping, pop in the broiler for 1-2 minutes but watch the pan so the cheese doesn’t burn.

To serve, garnish with a little extra grated cheese and the extra filling can be served on the side or saved for another side dish for another meal… Enjoy

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Previous stuffed pepper recipes…..

https://dishingwithdiane.com/2015/09/20/stuffed-peppers/

https://dishingwithdiane.com/2017/09/08/stuffed-peppers-with-rice-and-beans/

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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New ways with Cauliflower (repost)

Hi Everyone.

I have been receiving some comments asking for different recipes for cauliflower and I had posted two a few years ago for….

General Tso’s cauliflower

along with

Cauliflower Tater Tots

I decided to repost these recipes and the post includes step-by-step instructions with photos.

Click on the link below to open the original post and enter the world of new ideas with Cauliflower… Enjoy.

https://dishingwithdiane.com/2017/02/03/try-some-cauliflower/

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Baked Cod and Cold Broccoli Salad

Hi Everyone,

I hope this weekend finds you all well.

I made another quick meal that I wanted to share with my members. I posted this to my personal Facebook page and received a lot of requests for the recipe so I wanted to share with all of you. It is simple and healthy and a break from pasta, beef or chicken.

I made a baked cod in butter sauce with blistered tomatoes garnished with lemon, scallions and parsley. And as a side dish I made an Italian style COLD broccoli salad with garlic and lemon. Two quick dishes to make one great meal.

I tweaked this recipe from the author Katya at the Littlebroken.com website a few years ago. Her original recipe called for 4 tbsp of butter and I cut that down and she used 1/4 tsp sugar which I eliminated and I added some dry herbs and white wine. I always tweak recipes to my liking.

So here is my version of Cod with Tomatoes and Herb Butter….

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of fresh Cod cut into 6 oz portions
  • 1 medium shallot- finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes- cut in half
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 3 tbsp of freshly chopped herbs (basil, parsley, chives) for garnish
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 ½ lemons – 1 full lemon for juice / ½ sliced for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a small saucepan heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally

Add the cherry tomatoes, chicken stock, and red pepper flakes (if using). Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until tomatoes break down and release their juices. Add white wine and simmer a minute or two longer until the liquid has almost evaporated.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the butter and fresh herbs. The butter will make a velvety and thick sauce. Cover and keep warm while the cod bakes.

Drizzle the bottom of a casserole dish with the 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil. (Choose a dish where the cod will fit in a single layer with some room around each piece).

Pat the cod dry and place in the casserole dish in a single layer. Season with salt, pepper and dried oregano to taste. Drizzle the top lightly with the remaining ½ tbsp. of olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 12-18 minutes or until easily flaked. (Baking time depends on the thickness of the cod).

Remove from the oven and evenly spread the tomato butter mixture over the cod. Cover again with aluminum foil and let in stand at room temperature for 1-2 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Garnish with additional chopped herbs and serve immediately.

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Now for the side dish… The beauty of cold Broccoli Salad is that it can be made ahead of time. I usually make this is the morning so the lemon & garlic have time to flavor the broccoli.

This salad is a staple for our Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve.

Cold Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 large heads of broccoli crowns
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil (enough to coat the broccoli)
  • 2-3 larges cloves of garlic- chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (preferably from Italy)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooks Note:

  1. whole broccoli can also be used too- just peel and slice the stalks into bite size pieces
  2. adding kalamata olives is also an option
  3. if you prefer, you can also sauté the garlic in the olive oil for an infused garlic flavor and pour over the broccoli once it cools. I do this step when I have extra time.

Directions:

Cut the broccoli crowns into bite size pieces

I steam the broccoli for approx. 6 minutes until a knife can be inserted easily and they are tender. I think this keeps a nice green color ( Boiling is another option if you prefer).

Once the broccoli is cooked put it in a large bowl and while still warm, add the lemon juice and toss well.

Add the olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and toss well to cover the broccoli with all the flavors.

Can be served warm or cold, but I usually chill this is the refrigerator and take it out 10-15 minutes before serving.

Cooks Note: can also be made with cauliflower or Romanesque.

I hope you try one or both of these simple dishes and enjoy. Leave me a note in the comments as to what you think of the recipes and include your pics of these dishes. Stay well.

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Grandma’s Fried Zucchini Flowers

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Hi Everyone, 

Hope all is well and for my members in the northeast, I hope you are handling the heatwave and my thoughts and prayers go out to my members in Texas who are dealing with the hurricane. My prayers for all.

Today’s post is about a traditional Italian summer favorite, Zucchini Flowers. Some of you may remember my first post about zucchini flowers in July 2018 (I will repost the original link at the bottom of the page). 

I have been posting this dish on my personal email quite a bit this summer and I have been asked to reprint the recipe once again.

Many people are unaware of this favorite Italian delicacy and for Italians everywhere, it is the beginning of the summer garden harvest.

When I used to entertain guests and serve this appetizer with a creamy ricotta and lemon/basil dip, people were shocked that the zucchini flowers were edible. They are delicious!

The first time I posted about this delicacy, I included the batter that I had been using for many years which included beer as part of the batter ingredients. Well, a week ago, a very generous neighbor gifted me some zucchini blossoms and I wanted to fry them immediately because they are best on the day they are picked and I didn’t have any beer in the house so I went old school and prepared them grandma’s way. 

Grandma used a simple batter of AP flour, club soda, salt & pepper, and baking powder that I wanted to share with you.

Whisk all the ingredients together very well, and coat the flowers lightly and fry to a golden brown. It’s as simple as that.

This batter brought back memories of grandma running out to the garden in the early morning when the flowers are open (and you can see if there are insects inside) to collect the blossoms to make either plain fried zucchini flowers or she would add them to scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Every bite was a culinary treat.

Absolutely delicious.

Always a summer treat. Grandma picked the male flowers (long skinny stems). The female blossoms have a small zucchini attached and keep those on the vine until fully grown and ripe.

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(The dip is whipped ricotta with a drop of lemon juice, lemon zest, and some chopped fresh basil).

I really hope you try this recipe and enjoy every bite.

So here is the recipe for Grandma’s Zucchini Flowers….very simple and delicious…

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of flowers ( approx 30 flowers)
  • 2-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 24 oz. club Soda
  • olive oil

Directions:

  • Wash flowers under cold running water, drain and dry the flowers and remove the stamens inside, then remove the sepals on the outer leaves- be careful and watch for insects (mostly bees) inside the petals.
  • Cook’s Note: if the flowers are too wet, they will splatter once they hit the hot oil. Be Careful…
  • Dry the flowers on paper towels or on a tea towel and prepare the batter.
  • Heat 1-1/2 inch of olive oil in a skillet. Dip the flower in the batter and let excess drip off. Fry for 1-2 minutes per side turning once until golden brown. (crispy not soggy).
  • Remove with a slotted spoon & transfer to a paper towel-lined cookie sheet to drain excess oil.
  • You can sprinkle with sea salt or grated cheese and serve with ricotta dip.

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 There are many other recipes with leftover blossoms. 

For example, I add some diced and fried blossoms with some sauteed zucchini, cheese, sauteed onions, and a few eggs to make a wonderful summer quiche or add some fried flowers to a pizza. Both delicious treats.

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Below is my original post from July 18, 2018, with a little more detail and a recipe for stuffed zucchini flowers…..enjoy

Click on the link to open

https://dishingwithdiane.com/2018/07/18/summer-delight-fried-zucchini-flowers/2018 original post

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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“Engagement Chicken”

 

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are well. 

I haven’t been cooking much lately since I came home from the hospital but Bob was craving a roasted chicken and I did manage to prepare that using a new recipe and it was absolutely Fabulous!

So I have to share it.

I keep reading about “engagement chicken”. If you are not familiar with the story,  here is an excerpt from an article I read in The Daily Meal by Carlton Jared Lockett.

“The recipe was developed by Kim Bonnell, who gave it to co-worker Kathy Suder to prepare for her boyfriend. Soon afterward, the couple was engaged. The recipe was so spot-on that it became a hit in their office. Three other colleagues tried this secret weapon, and marriage proposals soon followed. Even Howard Stern’s wife used the recipe to win his heart. Some say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach — maybe this recipe will win your beau’s eternal affections”.

 Cute, right? It is even what Meghan Markle made Prince Harry for dinner before he proposed. I wasn’t looking for another marriage proposal but I had to try this chicken recipe. When I saw how easy it was, I was ready to cook.

I used the recipe courtesy of Ina Garten and added a few side dishes, mustard & brown sugar-glazed carrots ( I make this every year for Thanksgiving) and smashed Yukon gold potatoes.

It was a quick and delicious meal.

(PS- I didn’t get a marriage proposal but Bob did say that he loved the chicken. And loved that I made it for him even when I didn’t feel well. That is what you do after 34 years together, you take care of each other.)

I hope you give all of these recipes a try and enjoy them as much as we did.

They could be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Engagement Roast Chicken

Prep Time:5 min ***Cook Time:1 hr. 35 min***Level: Intermediate***Serves:3 Courtesy of Ina Garten…

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 whole head garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
  • Good olive oil
  • 2 Spanish onions, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove and discard the chicken giblets. Pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Cut the lemons in quarters, place 2 quarters in the chicken along with the garlic and reserve the rest of the lemons. Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the chicken in a small (11 by 14-inch) roasting pan. (If the pan is too large, the onions will burn.) Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture around the chicken in the pan.

Roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and a thigh. Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce, leaving the lemons and onions in the pan.

Place the pan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits. Add the stock and sprinkle on the flour, stirring constantly for a minute, until the sauce thickens. Add any juices that collect under the chicken. Carve the chicken onto a platter and serve with the lemons, onions, and warm sauce.

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Carrots Glazed with Mustard and Brown Sugar

Brown sugar caramelized with butter and Dijon mustard creates a sweet-hot glaze for carrots. A sprinkling of fresh chives adds a colorful finish.

Ingredients:

  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 large carrots, peeled and sliced on the
     diagonal
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh chives or flat-leaf Italian
     parsley

Directions:

Bring a saucepan three-fourths full of water to a boil over high heat. Salt the water, add the carrots and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Return the carrots to the pan and set over medium heat. Add the butter, mustard and brown sugar, season with salt and pepper, and stir gently to coat. Cook, stirring constantly until the carrots are evenly glazed. Transfer to a warmed serving bowl and sprinkle with the chives. Serve hot.

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GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES

courtesy of Damn Delicious

These potatoes are incredibly tender on the inside yet amazingly crisp on the outside!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 24 ounces Dutch yellow baby potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly  ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well.
  3. Place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a potato masher or fork, carefully smash the potatoes until flattened but still in one piece. Top with olive oil, garlic, and thyme.
  4. Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
  5. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Let’s Dish.


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Spinach Quiche- my go to meal…

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Hi Everyone,

How are you? I hope you enjoy your upcoming weekend.

I just wanted to share a recipe that I have been making for years and years and has become my “go-to meal” for many occasions.

Such as the nights you don’t want to make a big meal, an addition to a Sunday brunch, lunch with the girls and the list goes on….. You get the idea, an easy meal.

Let me tell you what I love about this dish. Not many ingredients, easy to put together and it cooks for one hour that gives you enough time to make a side salad and set a table.

I don’t even remember where I got this recipe from, a friend, relative, cookbook, newspaper. That is how long I have had it.

I have it written on an index card and kept it in my kitchen cutlery drawer and there it has lived for years.

Tonight I made this quiche and served it with a new recipe for me, Peach & Tomato Caprese salad (delicious) with lemon oil & balsamic glaze served with English cucumber bites with red pepper hummus and sun-dried tomatoes.

Bob loved the meal and I loved the taste and the ease at which to prepare it.

You can also use the basic recipe with roasted veggies and I have included that recipe as well.

So let’s start with the recipes…

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SPINACH QUICHE 

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/3 cup minced onions or shallots (I prefer the milder taste of a shallot)
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 8 ounces shredded, sharp or mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked frozen “deep Dish” pie shell or 2 regular pie shells

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Hand whip eggs, half-and-half, mayonnaise, and flour in a medium mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Pour into an unbaked 9-inch, deep-dish piecrust. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the top is golden brown.

6-8 servings

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ROASTED VEGGIE QUICHE

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 5 eggs (depending on the number of veggies)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/3 cup minced onions or shallots
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 8 ounces shredded, sharp or mild cheddar, swiss, or mozzarella cheese
  • Leftover veggies – roasted for 45 min at 400 degrees tossed with a little bit of olive oil and salt.
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked frozen “deep Dish” pie shell

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

After the veggies come out of the oven, I usually drain them in a colander for 20 minutes to make sure the excess oil drains from the veggies and doesn’t make your crust soggy.

In addition, I like to use a thin layer of very fine breadcrumbs on the bottom of the crust to keep the crust from getting soggy as well. The breadcrumbs will soak up any oil.

Hand whip eggs, half-and-half, mayonnaise, and flour in a medium mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Pour into an unbaked 9-inch, deep-dish piecrust. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the top is golden brown.

6-8 servings

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PEACH & TOMATO CAPRESE SALAD

For this salad, the quantity of the ingredients depends on the number of people you are serving.

This is the quantity I used for 2 servings and I did have salad leftover.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe peach – (cut into sections)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (or heirloom tomatoes) sliced and halved
  • 10 grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 4 round slices of mozzarella (diced)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • A few leaves of fresh basil
  • Lemon oil (or any oil you choose)
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Red onion – thinly sliced (optional)

Directions:

I added the peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella, salt & pepper to a bowl with a tablespoon of lemon oil and set aside for 10 minutes. When ready to serve, I added the fresh basil leaves and drizzled the salad with balsamic glaze.

COOKS NOTE: Don’t forget the ciabatta bread to soak up all the juices from the salad.

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ENGLISH CUCUMBERS WITH RED PEPPER HUMMUS AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO BITES

This has to be the easiest side to put together and also looks nice on a brunch buffet tray…

Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber (partially peeled)
  • Jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • Red pepper hummus- (store-bought or homemade)

Directions:

  • Wash and partially peel the cucumbers so the skin has stripes.
  • Cut the cucumbers into bite-size pieces and add a small dollop of hummus and add a small piece of sun-dried tomato as a garnish.

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Do you see what I mean about an easy meal to pull together? I hope this post gave you some inspiration for some new additions to your dinner menu. Ciao!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Favorite Summer Sandwich

 

Photo Jul 27, 2 07 28 PM CAPRESE SANDWICH

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are well.

The other day in the 100 degree heat, it was too hot to cook so I made a classic Italian sandwich for lunch that my mother made for us all the time during the hot summer months. I posted it on my personal Facebook page and received so many comments that it brought back childhood memories for so many.

I wanted to share this recipe so you too, can enjoy this sandwich and possibly have it bring back some memories or just need an easy no cook option- best part, very few ingredients.

My mother would make her own bread and grow her own vegetables for this sandwich. She was the best!

This year I wasn’t allowed (doctors orders) to have a garden and it was too hot to bake bread so all ingredients came from Whole Foods.

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Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella on Grilled Ciabatta Bread

Ingredients:

ciabatta bread – (the best is when it is grilled lightly)

2-3 Heirloom tomatoes (I try and mix the colors)

slice of mozzarella cheese

dash of good Italian oregano

fresh basil leaf (optional)

Choice of either : extra virgin olive oil for the bread or pesto.

  • I prefer pesto for this sandwich and I always keep small bags of homemade pesto in the freezer. You can buy pesto in a jar and keep it in your refrigerator if you don’t make your own.
  • Whenever I find gorgeous basil leaves I make pesto, so I have it for sandwiches, pasta and breads. Recipe at the end of the post.

Directions:

The directions for this sandwich are beyond simple. Grill the bread, spread the pesto on the bread slices and a little on the mozzarella slice, layer the tomatoes, dash of oregano, basil leaf and you are done- Enjoy!

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Pesto Recipe

Using a food processor is the best way to make pesto unless you have a mortar and pestle and a lot of time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of peeled garlic (you can add more if you prefer a strong garlic taste)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (can be substituted with walnuts or almonds if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (I use locatelli)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

  • Remove the basil leaves from the stem, and wash and dry the basil. 

Cooks Note: Since my transplant I follow doctors orders to wash all produce in a bowl of cold water with 1 tbsp of baking soda and let it soak for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water and dry. This has been know to take off the most pesticides).

  • Add the basil to the food processor bowl along with 2 peeled garlic cloves, pine nuts, cheese, salt & pepper and give it a few pulses.
  • While the food processor is running, stream the olive oil into the basil mixture.
  • I usually taste for seasoning and if all is to your liking your pesto is ready.

Cooks Note: If you are not using the pesto immediately, you can store the pesto in a bowl with plastic wrap in the refrigerator but make sure the plastic touches the pesto to prevent it from turning brown. Also, you can add pesto to plastic freezer bags, squeeze the air out and store in the freezer 

Pesto will last 1 week stored in the refrigerator and 3-4 months stored in the freezer.

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Rack of Lamb with Dijon Bread Crumbs

Photo Dec 03, 7 33 11 PM RACK OF LAMB

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Hi Everyone, 

I hope all is well and your holiday plans are coming together. I still can’t believe that it is December and Christmas is right around the corner.

Last night, I posted on my private Facebook page a photo of my dinner that consisted of rack of lamb, glazed carrots and creamed spinach and I was shocked to receive over 392 comments.

So many people want to make this meal for their holiday celebration that I decided to post all the recipes on the blog as a guide. I made the lamb and carrots from scratch but I have to say, I cheated because of time and used Boursin cheese to help me make the creamed spinach.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

I used the rack of lamb recipe from one of my recent cookbook purchases. 

The recipe in the book is slightly different from the Williams Sonoma website recipe printed below. I listed all the differences in the “Cooks Notes” below.

Williams Sonoma- Steak and Chop.

Photo Dec 04, 11 56 54 AM cookbook

Roast Rack of Lamb with Dijon Bread Crumbs 

Rack of lamb is elegant yet easy to prepare, making it a perfect dish to prepare for a special dinner party. Ask your butcher to French the bones—that is, scrape off any meat and fat from the top 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) of each bone—for the prettiest presentation, then carve the racks into chops at the table in front of your guests.

Ingredients:

  • 2 racks of lamb, each 1 1/2 to 2 lb. (750 g to 1 kg), Frenched
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups (6 oz./180 g) fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 large bunch radishes, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh chives

Directions:

Season the racks of lamb generously with salt and pepper. Spread the mustard evenly over the meaty sides of the racks. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C).

In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, garlic and rosemary. Using your hands, press the bread crumb mixture into the mustard, covering the meat in an even layer and pressing the crumbs firmly so that they adhere. Place the racks of lamb, with the bread crumbs facing up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Scatter the radishes in the pan, around and underneath the racks of lamb. Roast until the crust is well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone, registers 130°F (54°C) for medium-rare, about 25 minutes, or until done to your liking.


Transfer the racks of lamb to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the chives on top of the lamb, then carve the racks into double chops and serve immediately with the radishes alongside. Serves 8.

Cooks Note: I seared the racks first in a frying pan with olive oil to brown on all sides and set aside to cool before adding the mustard.

Cooks Note: I added a little olive oil and 2 tsp. of garlic powder to the bread crumb mixture.

Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

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Carrots Glazed with Mustard and Brown Sugar

Brown sugar caramelized with butter and Dijon mustard creates a sweet-hot glaze for carrots. A sprinkling of fresh chives adds a colorful finish.

Ingredients:

  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 large carrots, peeled and sliced on the
     diagonal
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh chives or flat-leaf
     parsley

Directions:

Bring a saucepan three-fourths full of water to a boil over high heat. Salt the water, add the carrots and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Return the carrots to the pan and set over medium heat. Add the butter, mustard and brown sugar, season with salt and pepper, and stir gently to coat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the carrots are evenly glazed. Transfer to a warmed serving bowl and sprinkle with the chives. Serve hot.

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Creamy Boursin Spinach Recipe

Total:15 mins

Prep:5 mins

Cook:10 mins

Yield:4 Servings

Boursin cheese makes a quick and easy sauce for fresh spinach. Make this dish for a weekend meal or special holiday dinner, and garnish with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 ounces baby spinach(rinsed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 container (4.4 ounces) light Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated nutmeg
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnish: shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion in butter over medium heat. When onion is softened, add the rinsed spinach. Cook, stirring until spinach has wilted.
  2. Stir in the Boursin cheese, nutmeg, and pepper until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve garnished with a little shredded Parmesan.

 

Note from Diane….

Hi Everyone, 

I received a few comments from members that just the slideshow posted from yesterdays post and not the other pictures, it just read “image”.

So here are the pictures of the Baked Squash Mac & Cheese.

Sorry for this problem. I will contact wordpress to see what caused this error.

Stay well, 

Diane

Ingredients

Photo Oct 06, 2 35 14 PM INGREDIENTS ONE

The finished product…

Photo Oct 06, 5 08 36 PM BAKED SQUASH MAC AND CHEESE

Written recipe and step by step slideshow on yesterday’s post.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!