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Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta. Deliziosa!

Chefs, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Restaurants By December 15, 2022

Yes, I’m a Lidia Bastianich fan. I love the pace of her PBS show “Lidia’s Kitchen,” that recently started its tenth season. The programs move along to keep my attention but go slow enough to see how she prepares the dishes from start to finish. Her enthusiasm for Italian food and scratch cooking is contagious. Making her pasta dish that…

No-Mayo Egg Salad – Yogurt Offers Pizzazz

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By November 18, 2022

YUM-OH-LAH! This delectable open-faced sandwich requires a slice of toasted rustic whole-grain bread as a crisp foundation. What is rustic bread? It’s not easy to define. Some might describe it as artisanal without any preservatives. It’s sold unsliced, usually in round or oval shapes. The bread has a crusty exterior and an interior with a chewy texture. Atop the toast…

Bombay Spread: One of the Best Appetizers on the Planet

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By July 31, 2022

After all these years, this is still one of my favorite appetizer spreads! Serve it with apple slices, crackers, or slices of baguette (toasted or fresh)! Six-Layer Bombay CheeseYield: about 30 servings8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated1/2 teaspoon curry powderGarnishes:1/2 cup mango chutney2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped, see cook’s notes1…

Cauliflower “Steaks” Roasted Right and Paired with Italian Salsa Verde.

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized By June 29, 2022

At our house, we call slabs of cauliflower “vegetarian steaks.” They are a welcome steam-roast treat to serve when the vegan branch of our family visits. I like the way the chefs at America’s Test Kitchen steam them in a scorching hot oven under a blanket of aluminum foil before roasting them to create lovely caramelization on the exteriors. A…

Strawberry Salad Finds Bliss with Pistachios and Feta

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized, Videos By April 10, 2022

Green salads have endless possibilities … Strawberries can be at their very best this time of year – juicy and sweet, with a luxurious texture. This romaine-based mix showcases the berries with Romaine lettuce, Feta cheese and salted nuts such as pistachios or almonds. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette spiked with honey and shallots. Fresh tarragon comes to the…