Appetizers and Sides



Focaccia alla Barese

I recently connected with Rossella Rago, author of the Cooking with Nonna cookbook, and she was kind enough to send me a copy (thanks, Rossella!). The cookbook features over 100 classic Italian recipes (such as Sicilian Rice Balls, Fried Calamari, Ricotta Cookies), along with advice and stories from 25 Italian grandmothers. Such a fun and sweet concept! There are SO…
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Escarole Salad

Escarole is a fairly new lettuce for me. The first time I had it in a salad was at John’s parents when we were dating. His mom made it for lunch topped with olive oil, apple cider vinegar and sliced avocado. It’s a bitter green, so took some getting used to for me, but I’ve grown to love it. It’s…
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Grilled Artichokes with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

I’ve never worked with artichokes before, but John saw some on sale at our go-to fruit and veg, so I figured it was finally time try them out. Since it was my first time, I wanted to make a simple recipe that really showcased the artichoke. This grilled artichoke recipe from Bon Appetit was the winner. John had prepped artichokes…
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Roasted Carrots with Ricotta

I love carrots – one of my favorite vegetables. I typically roast them with just olive oil, salt and pepper, but this time around I wanted to kick it up a notch. And by kicking it up a notch, I mean adding them on top of whipped fresh ricotta cheese and topping that with a big drizzle of honey. DELICIOUS!…
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