The Ricotta Tomato Tart is delicious with seasonal heirloom tomatoes plus some store bought “shortcuts”. Really rather easy to put together and looks stunning. More importantly, it tastes delicious. And if you are up for a bit of a ‘project’, try making your own ricotta and puff pastry
Please enjoy this selection of dishes by season. The recipes come from my collection assembled over time. They come from traditional dishes learned from family or shared by friends. Still more come from my travels or are pulled from cherished cookbooks. I hope that you find something that inspires you.
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Blistered Shishito Peppers
They make simple, great tapas. Shishito peppers are similar to the Padron peppers used in Spain for a popular tapas. The peppers are mostly sweet, and blistering them brings out the best. Be warned — about one out of every ten is spicier than the rest. About as spicy as a mild jalapeno. There is no way to tell until you bite in to it!
Beet Salad with Pomegranate and Orange
This is a delicious and easy way to use summer beets from the Farmer’s Market. It marries the sweet of the beets with the light sour of the pomegranate syrup and the citrus of the orange. Cool and refreshing and healthy to boot!
Pan Braised Chicken and Tomatoes
Pan Braised Chicken and Tomatoes Super Simple, Super Delicious. Easy summer meal! Also works great over pasta or polenta because it produces its own pan sauce!
Sweet Corn Salad: Italian Styled Summer Goodness
Sweet Corn Salad. is one of summer’s great joys. Farm fresh corn plus flavors inspired by Italian cuisine and summer on the Mediterranean. Easy, Delicious, and Healthy
Pan Bagnat – The Ideal Picnic Sandwich
Pan Bagnat is the ideal picnic sandwich. WIth roots in Provence, & a line up of tuna, olives, tomatoes, & capers it is hard to resist, and easy to adapt
Steamed Mussels with Chorizo and Tomato Broth
Steamed Mussels with Chorizo & Tomato Broth. Spanish flavors & an ancient technique combine to make an easy, delicious, healthy & fresh Mediterranean meal!
Tabbouleh – healthy, easy, & delicious
Tabbouleh is an easy, quick, healthy, fresh and delicious Mediterranean salad that works as a meal, a side or a starter. Perfect to adapt to your needs!