Tag Archives: olive oil

Roasted Shallots

When on holiday I always like to come home with something reminiscent of my trip: an artifact, a sculpture, some pottery, a blanket. Something. This time I came home with the idea to reproduce these delicious roasted shallots. That's something. Not exactly worthy of a place on the mantel, but definitely worthy of a place at the table.
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Summer Tomato Sauce

Sitting here in my hot kitchen, (day seven of a broken air conditioner), it's hard to envision actually cooking something and heating up the room ... making it even more uncomfortable!
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Swimming Upstream

If ever I have the chance to eat whole grilled fish, I do - every Mediterranean restaurant I eat at - but at home I often go another route: oven roasting.
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Roasted Green Beans

Between the green beans, shallot, garlic and olive oil a caramelization occurs, which turns this dish candy-like.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

We started by roasting the vegetables to get a deeper, more intense flavor - and as a way to entice a two year old to participate. She thought it was great fun, and the resulting soup was hearty and delicious!
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Chocolate Beet Cake

Sometimes you unexpectedly stumble upon a really good recipe - like I did while glancing at a Colavita Olive Oil advertisement in a magazine!! Chocolate Beet Cake with Pink Sea Salt. I was intrigued.
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Beets

I started roasting beets at home after working in a restaurant where having roasted beets were a staple. They were used often as one of the components to the many appetizer selections; adding color and texture and sweetness.
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Over-Roasted Cauliflower

Do you remember when we were told to eat only colorful foods? Eliminate the bland from your plate: consume vegetables and fruit that are green, red, blue, orange. We walked the produce isles looking for health and vibrance, ignoring the scorned white cauliflower.
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Seared Salmon

This is a quick way to prepare salmon fillets. Cooking salmon using this technique requires you to pay full attention: cooking time varies so you must watch the fish to avoid dry, overcooked salmon.
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Mint and Pea Sauce

This is one of my all time favorite sauces. I've used it as a pasta sauce, tucked it in panini, spread it on crostini, and it's sublime with lamb -- but I'm most partial to serving it either under, on, or alongside seared-roasted salmon fillets.