Author: Eileen O'Toole

A Greek Salad Inspired by the Sun

Like most good food memories, I have a craving to relive them when I am far away. Those memories influence the Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette that I typically serve to large groups as a lighter dinner.

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Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Serving a Greek salad with lemon vinaigrette is a great way to highlight summer vegetables at their peak. This salad has enough going on that it can be served by itself as a lunch or as a main course for dinner.

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Building A Better BLT Sandwich

Most cookbooks skip right over the BLT sandwich, which in my opinion is an oversight because while a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich may seem simple, getting it right requires some know how.

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BLT Sandwich

The simple BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich shouldn’t be pooh poohed as too simple to be worthy of much cooking thought. Fresh summer produce and locally raised bacon can make the BLT an extraordinary sandwich.

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Baked Olives

Elevate a simple dish of olives by baking them for a few minutes before serving them to your guests. Baking the olives gives them a buttery texture and mellow flavor.

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Apple Galette

Apple Galette is a free-form apple pie with a flaky pie crust that gently encircles tart apples, brown sugar, and walnuts. This galette is less sweet and more of an everyday dessert, versus something for a fancy dinner party.

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Pie Crust

All it takes to make a delicious pie crust is knowing what to look for during mixing. This pie crust recipe is easy to make and works great for pies, quiches, and galettes.

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Maple Frango

Maple Frango is a frozen, creamy dessert, where the tanginess of greek yogurt contrasts with the sweetness of real maple syrup, and toasted pecans round out the texture and flavors.

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Tomato, Basil & Chicken Frittata

This simple frittata recipe is easy to make for a quick weekday breakfast or brunch. Once you learn the technique for making frittata you can use any combination of ingredients you like.

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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

This Bruschetta recipe is a favorite summer appetizer when fresh tomatoes and basil are plentiful. For great bruschetta use a good baguette that compliments the flavors in the tomatoes and basil.

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Creamy Ranch Salad Dressing

Having a homemade creamy ranch style dressing recipe at one’s fingertips helps make sure everyone eats their veggies. This ranch dressing recipe takes 10 minutes to make and keeps for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

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Vinaigrette

It is the simplest thing in the world to make vinaigrette salad dressing. This easy vinaigrette recipe is delicious and a great way to start making homemade salad dressings.

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Strawberry Jelly

Making homemade strawberry jelly lets us preserve summer strawberries in small half-pint jars that can be opened all winter long, whenever we need a reminder that summer will come again.

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Canning Nostalgia One Strawberry at a Time

Canning strawberries in the summer always makes me feel nostalgic for the generations of my family who canned before me and for how this summer’s strawberries will help us weather the cold winter nights ahead.

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Healthy Smoked Salmon Breakfast Toast

I love lox and bagels for breakfast, the problem is it usually has more calories than I want for an everyday breakfast. This smoked salmon breakfast toast recipe uses smoked salmon, cottage cheese, and toast to create a healthier version with lots of great flavors.

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Better Eating with Bittman and Pollan

At the beginning of the year, I did what most Americans do; I made a resolution to clean up the food in my kitchen and to eat better. Over the next few months, I will be writing about the big ideas in Bittman and Pollan’s books and sharing how I’ve brought them into my kitchen.

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Breakfast Salad with Egg

This super simple breakfast salad recipe is a good solution to getting a serving or two of veggies in as the day starts. This recipe uses one egg, cooked anyway, served over a bed of lettuce and reheated leftover vegetables to create a healthy breakfast.

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Onion Dip Two Ways

Our two tasty onion dip recipes work for whatever mood you’re in. The healthier version substitutes Greek yogurt for the mayo and sour cream in the more traditional recipe.

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Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a popular breakfast dish in the Middle East that gently poaches eggs in a slightly spicy tomato sauce topped with feta and parsley.

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Searching for Persian Love Cake

A story of a prince, a girl, and love nudged along by the magic of a delicate rosewater cake laced with saffron accompanies some recipes for Persian Love Cake. It’s an origin story shrouded in mystery that inspires images of two lovers hunched over a tiny table in a far away place.

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A Florentine Christmas with Risotto

On Christmas Eve, long ago, I navigated the tunnel-like streets of Florence to my apartment on a curvy hill across the river. The risotto we cooked is normally too simple for a holiday feast, but that night no one seemed to care.

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Simple Italian Risotto

Risotto is one of the recipes that every cook needs to know. The technique for making risotto becomes easier with practice, and the simplicity of just a few ingredients that turn into a creamy, soothing texture make this risotto recipe a perfect weeknight dish.

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Thanksgiving Anarchy

In my opinion, turkey, stuffing, spuds, dressing, beans are some of the easiest things you can cook for Thanksgiving. The food is forgiving and most basic cooks can get the meal together without too much fuss. It’s good, but cooking Thanksgiving dinner bores me.

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