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Small Plates

Harissa (Hot Chili Pepper Paste)

Harissa (Hot Chili Pepper Paste)

Harissa is a spicy North African paste made with roasted red bell peppers mixed with hot peppers and lots of spices.  You can use this paste as a condiment, or add a spoonful to ground beef. Rub it on fish or chicken before roasting. Use it as a marinade. Mix a...

Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa

Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa

On football Sunday we're always looking for healthy snacks. Restaurant-style tomato salsa has all good ingredients that are Mediterranean diet friendly. Tortilla chips aren't the healthiest choice, but what are you going to do. This website is called "mostly"...

Bagna Càuda

Bagna Càuda

Bagna Càuda is a hot dish made from garlic and anchovies melted into a hot olive oil and butter mixture. It’s been a popular recipe in Provence, France, and Piedmont, Italy since the 16th century. This dip is best served warm with vegetable crudités or bread. Bagna...

Mediterranean Potato Salad

Mediterranean Potato Salad

I've been craving a dairy-free potato salad recipe that doesn't use vegan mayo, and this is what I came up with. My Mediterranean Potato Salad is dressed with a lemon thyme vinaigrette that gives this salad a zesty boost. It's perfect for summer. You can serve this at...

Asparagus With Lemon Zest

Asparagus With Lemon Zest

Asparagus are in their peak season in spring. This tasty vegetable is easy to prepare and makes a zesty side dish to your meals. Asparagus With Lemon Zest appears in my Flexitarian Cookbook for Beginners. Lemon zest adds a bright sparkle to the asparagus. It really...

Deviled Eggs With Tapenade

Deviled Eggs With Tapenade

I made these savory Deviled Eggs With Tapenade as an appetizer on Easter Sunday, but they would make a delicious treat any time of year. While the eggs were boiling, I made a batch of my Sexy Olive Tapenade. I didn't have a lemon on hand, so I substituted a squirt of...

Roasted Red Beet Hummus

Roasted Red Beet Hummus

Don't be intimidated by making hummus at home. It's actually quite easy, and it comes out so creamy and delicious. It takes only a few minutes including making your own tahini. You can adapt the flavors to your liking. For this recipe I wanted the beautiful color of...

Butter Bean Casserole With Tomato and Cheese

Butter Bean Casserole With Tomato and Cheese

I recently saw a photo of a cast iron pan full of beans in a cheesy tomato sauce. It looked delicious but the picture has no recipe attached. So I went to my kitchen and created this dish with what I had on hand. This Butter Bean Casserole With Tomato and Cheese is...

Beet Apple Crostini With Arugula and Cheese

Beet Apple Crostini With Arugula and Cheese

Crostini are easy to make and open to so many variations. Get creative in the kitchen. I made these Beet Apple Crostini with thin slices of red beets, honeycrisp apple, arugula, and Fontina cheese. I drizzled on top a dressing I made from orange juice, olive oil and...

Aubergine Caviar – French Eggplant Dip

Aubergine Caviar – French Eggplant Dip

I first had this tasty appetizer in a French restaurant in Los Angeles, California. They called it Aubergine Caviar, which I learned is an eggplant dip from the Mediterranean region of France. It's packed with flavor, but the recipe is very simple. Here is a fun fact...

Russian Dressing

Russian Dressing

Flavorful Russian dressing can be used on salads or as a condiment on sandwiches. You may recognize it as the spread used on Reuben sandwiches. Despite its name, it is actually an American concoction. According to lore, the original recipe contained caviar, which is...

Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce is a condiment made of mayonnaise, pickles, and a few other ingredients. I like to make my tartar sauce with sweet pickle relish. But you can also use dill pickles and capers in you prefer. This sauce is a perfect complement to fish dishes. You’ll often...

Tortellini Antipasto Salad

Tortellini Antipasto Salad

This Tortellini Antipasto Salad is inspired by one created by Laura Vitale on her YouTube channel, Laura in the Kitchen. You can watch her video here. I didn't follow her instructions to a tee, but as she says in her video, experiment and use whatever ingredients and...

Dandelion Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Dandelion Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Spring has sprung, and our local farm market is stocked with the fruits and vegetables of the season, including beautiful dandelion greens. We decided to make a dandelion pistachio pesto for spring. Classic pesto is usually made with basil and pine nuts. But you can...

Salad With Apples, White Beans, and Mackerel

Salad With Apples, White Beans, and Mackerel

We're dreaming of Spring and experimenting with salads. When building a salad we like to have a lettuce base, some vegetables or fruit, a protein source, and added flavors. This salad with apples, white beans, and mackerel was made from ingredients we had on hand. We...

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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.