Arugula Peach Salad with Crispy Serrano Ham

Last night I prepped a new creation, with the urge to use some ripe native peaches I picked up from a local farmstead. In the spirit of farm to table cooking, I love to use the freshest produce of the season, and peaches happen to be absolutely phenomenal this time of year! Playing off the peaches which are sweet and…
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Penne alla Caprese with Garlic-Shallot Oil

Summer cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and basil become tenfold more drool-worthy when added to a sizzling pot of extra virgin olive oil, minced shallots and garlic, and hot pepper flakes. There’s nothing more tantalizing than the aromas of basil and garlic wafting through the air! My inspiration for this dish was my love for the classic Caprese combo. Yet…
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Authentic Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

  My mind was blown. Accustomed to the heavy cream sauce of Americanized carbonara, I quickly learned that Italians get quite upset when cream is added to their staple pasta dish, Carbonara. When I was in Italy, I remember visiting a small cafe for lunch; this was my first time experiencing all that is… authentic Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. Perfectly al…
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Panzanella Salad

  Tuscany is famous for their mouthwatering heirloom tomato and bread salad, also known as Panzanella. After traveling to Italy and eating these salads almost as frequently as I ate gelato, I arrived home craving the incredible flavors of Panzanella. Gasp…I’ve recreated these flavors for you today! This traditional recipe features chunks of ripe tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, thinly sliced…
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Thai-Style Pork Satay, Sautéed Bok Choy, and Peanut Sauce

With Thai-Style Peanut Sauce comes Thai-style marinated Pork (Or Chicken) Satay. Crispy bits of char on the outside and juicy meat on the inside makes Satay with Peanut Sauce the perfect summer picnic dipping combo or fun family-style dinner. Want some Thai-influenced sides to fill your plate? Try my flavor-packed greens: sautéed sesame boy choy infused with sesame oil, garlic,…
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Thai-Style Peanut Sauce

One of my favorite foods? Peanut butter. I wish it was a food group. Spoonfuls straight out of the jar, for breakfast or for lunch, peanut butter is oh so unexplainably yummy. Dinnertime comes, and what do I still often crave? Peanut butter. So I decided to tackle this favorite food and make it into a sophisticated, dinner-time, Thai-influenced sauce.…
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Bruschetta Three Ways

Bruschetta: a staple of an Italian antipasto plate. Thick slices of toasted, crusty bread, drizzled with olive oil, rubbed with garlic, and garnished with a variety of Mediterranean toppings. Although it’s difficult to narrow down my absolute favorite bruschetta toppings, Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil, Olive Oil Tuna Salad, and Garlic-Herb White Bean are classically irresistible. Make one topping or all…
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Caprese with Heirloom Tomatoes & Buffalo Mozzarella

  August is the month of native tomatoes which also means August is the month of the quintessential Caprese. Start off with heirlooms. So ripe and tender, you barely even need to chew. Sweet, juicy tomatoes freshly sliced and wedged between creamy slices of buffalo mozzarella. Topped with sprigs of aromatic basil and a drizzle of balsamic, Caprese makes eating vegetables…
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Authentic Gazpacho with Crispy Serrano Ham

When I think of my favorite Spanish cuisine, I think of a shallow bowl of gazpacho, topped with crispy bits of Serrano ham. Oh my goodness. Contrary to what I originally thought, the gazpacho I had in Spain wasn’t often thickened by chunks of puréed bread. Smooth and velvety, the gazpacho I loved most was simply juicy ripe tomatoes and…
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Citrus Peppercorn Smoked Salmon

Cooked salmon is my go-to healthy meal, but in the summer I want something cool! The best of both worlds is in this one recipe. A chilled summer snack or refreshing start to your dinner, my recipe for Citrus Peppercorn Smoked Salmon brings salmon from boring to brilliant! I must be honest; I used to hate smoked salmon! But this…
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Peanut Butter Ganache Layer Bar

  Reese’s lovers: this is your moment. What makes Reese’s, heaven? Lightly coarse peanut butter, layered with the perfect ratio of silky chocolate. Make your own. YES, I said it. I have the recipe for you. I can’t say this is a healthy recipe, unless you think “dark chocolate = antioxidants.” But with all healthy diets come a little indulgence.…
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Authentic Italian Tuna and White Bean Salad

After a few trips to Italy, I DESPERATELY tried to imitate the best food I ever had in my life. A few failed attempts later, I succeeded in recreating this fabulous Italian dish! The Amalfi Coast of Italy is famous for their Tuna and White Bean Salad. Simple, clean, lemony, and ever-so summery. Crisp Bibb lettuce, tender white beans, chunks…
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Grilled Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm: a dish that’s hard not to love but notoriously unhealthy. How about a Grilled Chicken Parm that’s hard not to love but healthy? Yes, I’d keep reading, too. Most chicken parmesan recipes are breaded, but what if you replaced this flavorless coating with the juicy, lightly charred taste of a grilled chicken cutlet? Topped with gooey (but low-fat)…
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Simple Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

This dressing is SO divine and SO simple that it will surely become one of your favorites! Your family or dinner guests will be fooled, thinking it took you hours to make. Light and healthy, this Simple Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette won’t ruin your “being good” week! Perfect for any salad…even to dress up a simple bowl of greens. Ever so…
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Healthy Avocado Toast with Olive Oil Fried Egg

  Ultra-satisfying and incredibly delicious: start your morning with the nutty, yeasty taste of a toasted whole wheat English muffin. Spread a thick layer of chunky avocado and top with an olive oil fried egg…heaven! Want to eat healthy and be satisfied every morning? Want a healthy breakfast that will stay with you all the way until lunch? Make an…
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No-Hassle How to Slice An Avocado

Stay slim by eating fat! Don’t let fat scare you! Avo-got-you. Wow, that was a bad joke. Don’t know how to cut an avocado without making a royal mess? I’ve got the fool proof method for you today. The perfect addition to any salad or summer salsa, or just to eat alone (yes, I do this), avocado can be cut…
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Caesar Salad with Garlic-Infused Olive Oil Croutons

Looking for a healthy summer meal that actually makes your mouth water? Or want to go to a summer picnic with the winning dish that makes everyone drool? This Caesar Salad is summer friendly: fresh, cool, and light. Didn’t think lettuce could ever be your favorite food? This salad is a game-changer. Homemade garlic-infused olive oil croutons that are crunchy…
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