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Gazpacho, a Cool Summer Soup

Gazpacho, a Cool Summer Soup

Gazpacho is a cool soup made with tomatoes and other raw vegetables. It originated in the Andalusian region of southern Spain, and is now very popular all over Spain, Portugal, and in my house. It’ll be on your list of favorites, too, once you taste it. You can add...

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Farro Salad with Vegetables and Herbs

Farro Salad with Vegetables and Herbs

When following a Mediterranean diet, it’s important to explore whole grains for overall health. There are many kinds of whole grains on the market, and this farro salad makes good use of one of my favorites. Farro is an ancient grain known as the mother of all wheat...

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Tzatziki Sauce With Herbed Naan

Tzatziki Sauce With Herbed Naan

I love the freshness of cucumbers and I love the zip of garlic. Tzatziki sauce is a brilliant combination of these two ingredients. This recipe is super easy. You can use it as a dipping sauce or as a sandwich topping or even as a salad dressing. In the picture above...

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Baba Ghanoush – Eggplant Appetizer

Baba Ghanoush – Eggplant Appetizer

Baba Ghanoush is an eggplant appetizer from Lebanon that is full of flavor and antioxidants. It makes a tasty dip for pita or vegetables. I also like it as a sandwich spread. It goes very nicely on summer tomato sandwiches. When I am making this for two people, I cut...

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Sardine Pâté – A Healthy Snack

Sardine Pâté – A Healthy Snack

As we’re stuck in the house during these troubling times, we’re probably not getting enough Vitamin D. This Sardine Pâté recipe will help provide you with a healthy dose of Vitamin D during lockdown. Let me explain the difference between Vitamin D2 and D3. Vitamin D2...

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Eggplant Tower – This Recipe Changed My Life

Eggplant Tower – This Recipe Changed My Life

When I was living in California, a local Italian restaurant served this eggplant tower as an appetizer. I ordered it often. It was unbreaded layers of eggplant with tomato sauce and cheese, baked in the oven. We recreate that recipe here. But first I want to tell you...

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Moroccan-Inspired Breakfast

Moroccan-Inspired Breakfast

I think every Mediterranean country has its own version of potatoes for breakfast. My Dad, who was Italian, used to make us potatoes and eggs. My Mediterranean-inspired breakfast recipe combines potatoes with chickpeas and greens with plenty of warm, earthy Moroccan...

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Pistachio Cream Sauce for Pasta

Pistachio Cream Sauce for Pasta

You'll often hear me say that the Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle of moderate indulgences. This pistachio cream sauce for pasta is a perfect example of what I mean. This rich sauce is made with heavy cream but it is only consumed in a small portion. You don't have...

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Spicy Calabrian Shrimp – A Crowd Pleaser

Spicy Calabrian Shrimp – A Crowd Pleaser

This recipe for Spicy Calabrian Shrimp is a real crowd pleaser. Consider serving them as appetizers at your next get-together. These spicy shrimp make a great accompaniment to risotto dishes. They also make a tasty addition to a salads. Spicy Calabrian Shrimp are so...

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Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

To maintain a healthy Mediterranean diet, you need to eat lots of fresh, seasonal vegetables, healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, and whole grains. This Mediterranean chopped salad combines all of those ingredients into one colorful, delicious salad. This salad...

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Strega Soup a.k.a. Garlic Broth

Strega Soup a.k.a. Garlic Broth

It’s the time of year when the cold and flu bug goes flying around the universe. Combat the evil spirits by making my recipe for Strega Soup, also known as Garlic Broth. It’s perfect to help sickies feel better or to strengthen you against cold and flu germs. I named...

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Sweet Hot Cherry Pepper Relish

Sweet Hot Cherry Pepper Relish

We love cherry peppers. They are great to add to sandwiches, in egg dishes, and to sprinkle on nachos. Cherry peppers can be found in the supermarket jarred in vinegar. This recipe for Sweet Hot Cherry Pepper Relish calls for fresh peppers. You can usually find them...

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Banana Walnut Bread

Banana Walnut Bread

Sometimes we like a sweetie for breakfast. In an effort to make a sweet breakfast healthier than a piece of cake, we made this delicious Banana Walnut Bread.It’s best to use very ripe bananas for this recipe. You want them soft and sweet. Very ripe bananas...

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The Mediterranean diet is all about gorgeous, seasonal food shared with family and friends. As Federico Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” So come join us for a little magic and lots of pasta.

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