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Warm Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs & Bacon

Here’s an easy, yet flavorful recipe for potato salad. It’s not your typical mayo-based deal, but I can’t exactly say it saves on calories because I’ve added some smokey bacon to give it extra flavor. But the true stars of this dish are the dill and basil, giving the potatoes that yummy freshness! Aside from that, I can’t help but think of spring and mucking about in my herb garden when I eat it and I just know warmer temperatures are just around the corner.  This recipe goes great with my chicken recipe and it makes enough for 6 people.  Perfect for any picnic! Try it and enjoy!

 

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Simple Fried Raviloi with Spicy Marinara Dipping Sauce

I’ve been to several restaurants that feature fried ravioli on their menu.  While I enjoy it, I often find the sauce to be lacking in flavor and the ravioli soggy.  One of Craig’s favorite lines is ” Why dine out, when the majority of what you get can be made better at home, for half the price”?  I don’t disagree, but I do have my days when I don’t feel like being in the kitchen and let’s face it – it’s nice to be waited on!  That said, I’d been dying to create my own version of fried ravioli and here’s the end result.  Some crispy, cheesy ravioli with a spicy dipping sauce that has a hint of sweetness.  Enjoy!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Despite the 80 degree weather autumn is definitely here. The air is crisp and the trees are vibrant with color. In my mind few things exemplify fall more than roasted butternut squash. So in celebration of the new season I made a butternut squash risotto. What a terrific combination of the savory and sweet! Even better it takes just under an hour to make. This is a great recipe that is easy to prepare for you and your family, and its’ elegant enough to serve to those guests you wish to impress. Do enjoy!

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Pasta Primavera with Grilled Vegetables

Here’s an easy summertime pasta recipe that is healthy and delicious.  It makes use of some wonderful vegetables and is sure to please most anyone.  This recipe gives 6 people a fairly generous portion and is very versatile should you want to switch out the vegetables for something you prefer. The thing that sets this apart from other traditional primavera dishes is the grilling of the vegetables. Yes, it is an extra step but I promise you the flavor that’s gained from the grill is well worth the extra time. Do enjoy and I’d love to hear all about your favorite pasta dish!

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Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini

About 5 years ago Craig and I sampled a local Italian restaurant we had heard rave reviews about. We had their appetizer special which happened to be eggplant rollatini. Neither of us had ever had it before and absolutely loved it! As you might imagine I went on a mad quest trying to recreate their recipe and after many years and multiple attempts I’m fairly confident I have created some worthy competition. This is a great dish that can be served as an appetizer or as a meal in of itself when coupled with some great pasta.  So if you enjoy eggplant this is definitely one recipe you’ll want to try.

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