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Baked Artichoke Dip

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Baked Artichoke Dip
Don't you just love an easy, delicious, quick dip that you can made in short time yet has a rich creamy flavor that begs to dip a cracker into? I have the perfect recipe that is flavorful with just the right hint of spices. All the ingredients are perfect to keep on hand for an impromptu party! 
Ingredients:
2 6 oz. jars marinaded artichoke hearts, drained and             chopped, reserve one tablespoon of marinade 1 cup mayonnaise  1 cup ricotta chesse 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon capers, chopped 2 teaspoon Italian seasonings, I use Tuscan Sunset by Penzey
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl mixing well. Place in baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until dip is lightly golden and bubbling.
Serve with crackers.
Enjoy!
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Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic Fig Vinegar

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If you follow my blog you can see that I am very much into roasting vegetables which greatly increase flavor. I love to roast  Cauliflower combining olives and tomatoes seasoned with thyme then finishing with a splash of Fig Vinegar. If you haven't tried Balsamic Fig Vinegar I highly recommend replacing regular balsamic vinegar with this outstanding flavorful variety. Sweet figs are blended with tart balsamic vinegar for a uniquely rich multilayered flavor adventure. I substitute balsamic fig vinegar in cooking as well as in fresh salad dressing. 


Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic Fig Vinegar
8 cups 1-inch-thick slices cauliflower florets, (about 1 large head; see Tip 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon dried french thyme ¼ teaspoon salt 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 1/2 cup rainbow petite tomatoes, sliced Freshly ground pepper to taste 2 tablespoons fig balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Toss cauliflower, oil, french thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on a lar…

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

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Baking has been a passion of my since I made my first cake as a young child. I learned from my mother an exceptional baker as well as a cook. With her by my side assisting me I made my first cake - a basic moist white cake with chocolate frosting, better know as the classic birthday cake. From that day on I have continue by love of baking becoming an accomplished baker. And yes sometimes I still make that classic birthday cake, a family favorite.
I created my Lemon Poppy Seed Cake to combine flavors that I love lemons, poppy seeds and white chocolate. The cake has a hint of tang topped with the smooth sweet white chocolate ganache, like yin and yang.    
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for pan 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 1/2 cups sugar 1 can Solo Poppy Seed Cake and Pastry Filling 4 large eggs separated 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons lemon zest 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 cup bu…

Spicy Edamame

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I love edamame enjoying steamed with just a little sea salt. So good and healthy For a change I like to spice up Edamame with this hot sauce. If you want it with less heat use only one tablespoon Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce and three tablespoon low sodium soy sauce. Either way a deliciously tasty snack perfect for game day!
Spicy Edamame

Ingredients: 16 Ounces Steamed Edamame
2 Tablespoons Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
2 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Garnish: Coarse Sea Salt

Cook Edamame according to package instructions. Place in medium combine. Mix hot chili sauce, and soy sauce and toss with Edamame. Sprinkle with Coarse Sea Salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Enjoy!

Roasted Pork Loin Chop White Beans for Two

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No time to cook shouldn't be an excuse not to have deliciously easy meal every night. With a little planning you can have a wonderful meal in thirty minutes. And marinating the pork chops over night infuses extra flavor and tenderness. This recipe is easily doubled to feed four. Add a fresh salad, crusty bread for a wonderfully tasty quick meal that is short on time and long on flavor.

Roasted Pork Loin Chop White Beans for Two

2 thick Pork Loin chops 4 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 cloves chopped garlic 1 tablespoon crushed rosemary 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 can(15.5 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed


Place pork chops in leak proof plastic bag. Combine all the remaining ingredients except the beans in a bowl. Pour marinade into the plastic bag with pork chops shake to coat refrigerating overnight.  The following day preheat oven to 475F.  Place rinsed beans in baking dish. Remove pork chops from plastic…

Pasta with Italian Tuna

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Pasta is a deliciously quick, easy meal that you can prepare for a wonderful week meal. I like to customize my sauces by adding different ingredients.  I strongly recommend using San Marzano tomatoes from Italy my personal favorite. A plumb tomato the flesh is much thicker with fewer seeds, and the taste is stronger, sweeter and less acidic than Roma tomatoes. If you decide to use San Marzano tomatoes look for the label to be marked certified. Another splurge that I sometime indulge is buying fresh pasta especially fettuccini. Well worth the extra cost for a special meal. When I am cooking with canned tuna I always use Italian style tuna packed in olive oil which adds more flavor than regular can tuna.


Pasta with Italian Tuna

2 tablespoon olive oil 4 clove minced garlic 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives 2 teaspoon chopped capers 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 can(28 oz) San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes, Cento 2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaf 1 can yellow fin tuna in olive oil, Genova 1 package…

Fettuccine and Shrimp Pomodoro sauce

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During the Holiday Season when busy is the norm with frantically list writing busy coming in a close second, I love to prepare perfectly delicious easy meals so inviting after a hectic day, just beckoning you breath and enjoy . Carving out a peaceful meal time is essential to keeping stress away and promoting healthy eating for me and my family. I don't believe in eating on the run. I'm flabbergasted as I walk down the street surrounded by people eating food as they walk, my only rule breaker is ice cream. I subscribe to the motto that food is to be prepared with care and you should take time when you eat food.  Sit, relax, enjoy, let your body savory the flavors as well as giving your system time to digest your food. When you relax enjoying a meal you don't over eat either. Being present at the meal insures that you enjoy each bite signaling that you are satisfied and full. Even during this rushed season in addition to stoping to experience the festivities, make time for a…