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Who doesn’t have an orange and some olives in the fridge?

Really, c’mon, you must. It is summer, and the weather is hot so no need to turn the oven on. Make this simple recipe as an appetizer or a meal. I added my “Italian spin” from a Spanish version originating from Martha Stewart. Prosciutto with Oranges and Olives  What you need: Start with a lovely crusty and chewy bread. Ciabatta in this case, it not a viable selection as the slice’s surface can be thin and too airy for topping. Ricotta…

Lemon Shrimp: How easy is this?

I am always looking for something quick and easy to make.  I like good, fast and simple.  Summer is coming and you want to spend the least amount of time you can in the kitchen. If you have a side burner on your grill, this can totally be done outside in the summer breeze with a drink in hand. Try this easy base and use it in a number of ways! What you need: 1 lemon squeezed for fresh juice.…

Simple yet intriguing tostadas

What is a tostada?  Most people know this, but I had no idea there are so many ways to create the base for a tostada. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Using corn tortillas, cover both sides with cooking spray and lightly salt. You can use olive oil as well. Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and place on the upper rack of the oven.  Watch closely- 2 minutes or so each side, flipping once. If you like…

What is a Charcuterie?

Can you pronounce that word?  Do you know what it is?  Let the education begin… According to Merriam Webster, charcuterie is a noun, char·cu·te·rie  \ (ˌ)shär-ˌkü-tə-ˈrē \ and is defined as a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes; also: the products sold in such a shop. Many weekends, regardless of the season, Chip and I look to have a light fare lunch or mid-afternoon snack to compliment the wine that we so long to consume on these lazy afternoons. A…

Limoncello a la Pasta on the Floor

Limoncello.  Sheer perfection when lemon and sugar meet alcohol.  I took my first crack at a batch of Limoncello.  I initially tasted this lovely liquor when Chip and I were in Italy.  Once outside of Pompeii we had fresh limoncello on a hot August afternoon and again in Capri where the lemons on the lemon trees were large and beautiful. Here is a simple recipe that proved perfect. Try it. What you Need: 10-15 lemons- find some that have thick…