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Category: Vegetable

Idaho Potato Gratin

Why did I rename my potato dish “Idaho Potato Gratin”? Well, it was recently at the InternationaI Food Bloggers Conference in Sacramento that I spotted them from the other side of the room. Yes, Idaho Potatoes in the form of a chip! I succumbed to my weakness and darted as quickly as I could to grab a handful. The Idaho Potato representative greeted me with a smile and as I munched away, she proceeded to tell me about…

Eggplant Caponata

Oh boy! I could not wait to make this Eggplant Caponata during our Cooking with Nonna Anna day! Anything with an eggplant, I can’t turn down. As an appetizer, or even a side dish, count me in…please! Eggplant Caponata is a Sicilian dish that is a delicious medley of vegetables. Simple ingredients, all easy to come by; spiked with the tartness of capers and olives. This would also be amazing at a brunch buffet! Make it…

Ina Garten’s Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

We love Brussels Sprouts in our house, not the soggy, faded, smelly boiled veggie of childhood memory, but the oh so crispy, tender and almost sweet roasted version. So when we received the invitation from Kyle and Joel for a Gr8 Dinner and we were assigned Ina Garten’s Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, I was thrilled. Thrilled because I love all of Ina Garten’s recipes and happy to be making an update to a classic. When I…

Italian Vegetable Soup (Minestre di Verdure)

There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of vegetable soup recipes. Mostly because you can put any vegetable into a broth and call it “vegetable soup”! Many people don’t like soups with whole vegetables, but I think that may be because the only type they’ve ever tried is canned. And, in my humble opinion, there are not a lot of things worse than canned vegetables! (Canned tomatoes and canned beans are an exception to that.) This…

Tasty Tomato Onion Tart

Here I am again at my happy place, Manassero Farms, to buy my dad and me some of the last strawberries of the season. Like going into your favorite store, you go in with your list and come out with, well, a few more things :). Once again I spotted my favorite, heirloom tomatoes. They were way too pretty to walk away from. Having no idea what I was going to do with them, I filled my basket anyway.Once home…

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