Posts in category "Recipes"

Kale Caesar Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Recipe

Every spring my husband and I plant a vegetable garden. This year we grew cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, peppers, brussel sprouts, and various types of lettuces. I wanted to grow kale this year too so that I could pick it fresh and make my favorite salad–kale Caesar salad with sun dried tomatoes. Thankfully, kale is always... Read more »

Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash and Leek Soup Recipe

It is mid March in Chicago and there is still snow on the ground. As a life long Chicagoan I have endured many cold and snowy winters…just not during the same year. While this has been a very trying winter, the one positive, possibly the only positive, is that I have made lots of soups... Read more »

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup with Beef Recipe

Chicago winters are very unpredictable. One winter can be bitterly cold with little snow, another with lots of snow but no sub-zero temperatures. This year Chicagoans are experiencing both snow and bitter temperatures which makes it the worst winter ever! In fact, I was thinking about how I should describe this winter. Hmmm, snowmegeddon? frigidageddon? Nope,... Read more »
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World Famous Giardiniera Recipe

I just picked the last serrano pepper from my garden and I am looking forward to making my world famous giardiniera recipe. This year I grew many types of peppers so that I could make fresh giardiniera. Giardiniera is a mixture of different fresh vegetables pickled in a vinegar/oil mixture.  Many people put it on... Read more »

Cooking to Relieve Stress: Tiramisu

Cooking is my stress reliever. While I have many hobbies, what gives me the most satisfaction is cooking. Sometimes I do find food preparation to be a chore; however, this is usually when I am expected to do it. While an artist uses brushes, paint and a canvas to create their masterpiece, I use ingredients,... Read more »

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Flourless chocolate cake is so very decedent; especially on Valentine’s Day. Because chocolate is an aphrodisiac, what better week to share this delicious and nutritious recipe (okay, I did lie about the nutritious part).  I only hope after experiencing this dessert, you will not take up smoking cigarettes…yes, it is that good. Ingredients: 1 pound semisweet chocolate,... Read more »
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BRACIOLE RECIPE THAT IS GLUTEN-FREE

Braciole, pronounced brah/TCHOH/lay, is one of my favorite Italian dishes.  I have made this braciole recipe both in my slow cooker and in the oven.   It would make a wonderful Sunday night family dinner, for a holiday or a nice night with friends and a bottle or 3 of wine.  Wow, I am salivating just... Read more »

Jews and Italians-- We Share More than just Guilt

I love Italy.  I love the people, the food, the culture.  When I was in Florence 3 years ago, I felt as if  I was home.  I must have Italian blood in me (I even shared my famous marinara sauce with you which is at the end of this post).  Is it possible that this... Read more »

Vegetarian Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Our family had a very difficult last few months so were ready to celebrate the end of 2012 and welcome in 2013!  It is very rare when  both our sons are in town for the holidays; this year, however, not only were are sons home but their girlfriends were in too!  I wanted to make... Read more »
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Gluten-Free Potato Pancakes (Latkes) or Potato Kugel Recipe---I Go Both Ways

I wanted to submit my recipes for both my gluten-free potato pancakes (latkes) and potato kugel; but I did not know which day would be best to do that.  I thought and I thought and it hit me…how about during Hanukkah since potato latkes scream Hanukkah.   But there are 8 days of Hanukkah, so which day... Read more »
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