Pesto 3-Ways

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Glorious Pesto. A marvel of simplicity, I love this Italian green gem. Fresh, versatile and more than just a sauce for pasta, it’s can be used in any number of kitchen creations. It's truly is a treasure of Mediterranean cuisine! Since pesto consists of nothing more than a few key ingredients, the quality and variety of what you use really does matter. Select young herbs and young garlic (it’s much...
Pesto Genovese Pasta

Pesto Genovese Pasta

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My friend Magali writes that with chilly winter temperatures in Geneva so she has been enjoying a lot of pasta these days. Yes, don’t we all do that? Cold day, forget a salad, let’s go for something a little more heartwarming and satisfying, right? So from Geneva with love: Pesto Genovese Pasta. Traditionally, it’s prepared with a marble mortar with a wooden pestle. I have one and rarely use it....
Ginger-Orange Beef Stir-Fry

Ginger-Orange Beef Stir-Fry

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In my 20’s I didn’t eat red meat at all, just the occasional chicken breast and a whole lot of fish. Being a “Westcoast Girl”, fresh fish and seafood (sushi among all!) was a mainstay of my diet. That, along with my love of a good, fresh salad. These days, with my favorite Schwabe having three growing boys who are eager for a hefty meal with a good portion...
Pasta with Smoked Sardines

Pasta with Smoked Sardines and Lemon

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This was one of those unintended successful dinners. I had planned to make a nice homemade corn chowder, however that takes time. Yes, the kind with real corn and soaked black beans. The no shortcuts kinda corn chowder. And actually the kind of chowder, sans the chowder, since what defines chowder is that’s it’s actually a thick, rich soup made with cream. Mine is without cream. So I guess...
Papaya Avocado Salad in a Sweet Papaya Seed Dressing

Papaya Avocado Salad in a Sweet Papaya Seed Dressing

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Fruit is a great addition to any salad. Try pairing creamy, buttery papaya and avocado with crisp red pepper and romaine lettuce. Together with a fresh tarragon and papaya seed dressing, heavenly. Choose a firm, ripe avocado so you can enjoy the best of its smooth texture and a nutty taste. Don't toss the papaya seeds, not only are papaya seeds edible, small amounts of them in your diet surprisingly...
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Breadcrumbs and Lemon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Breadcrumbs and Lemon

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Think you don't like brussels sprouts? Just like vegemite and marmite, they seem to conjure up reactions of love or hate. And of course they have their avid haters. Actually, they have topped the list of most hated vegetable in America and been equally vilified by the Brits despite their faithful appearance each winter at holiday time. But why are they so hated? Generally speaking, I would have to...