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The Best Rice Salad Ever!

Just look at that mise en place — and it only partially reflects all the ingredients. The finished dish had 3 different rice varieties, pork loin, cranberries, dates, walnuts, a variety of lentils, herbs, raw vegetables — and a chocolate and orange dressing!! Yes, you read that correctly: chocolate and orange!!

Great for a party or a one-dish meal for the family. Continue Reading

Roasted Asparagus Pesto and Parmigiana with Pasta

A really simple, quick and delicious pasta dish. Continue Reading

Look What My Son Cooked for Me!

A couple of months ago I sent my son a text that went something like this: check out this link … we should do this for a party and by “we” I mean you since it requires patience and precision … oh, and it’s in German (I think), but the photos should be sufficient information.

And then I forgot about it until this weekend when Jim surprised me with a visit and dinner. Continue Reading

Sunday Family Lunch: A Different Kind of Paella, Step-by-Step

It’s no secret. Even occasional visitors to FOODalogue know that my ancestry has colored my life, especially in the kitchen.

I grew up in a Spanish-Italian household and I’ve traveled to Spain many times so, that is to say, I’m no stranger to paella. But … I never had one made with potatoes as the base.

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Beet Pizzette


Although pizza is attributed to Queen Margherita of Italy, did you know it originated in Greece? See this history.

So, while the conventional granddaddy (or nonna) of pizza is Neopolitan and the war between New York and Chicago rages on over who has the best pizza … here, in the FOODalogue kitchen, it’s the fresh, less caloric, do-it-yourself ‘new school pizza’ (like this one) that reigns. Continue Reading

Cauliflower Tex-Mex Pizza with No Flour

I must have been living under rock. When it metaphorically lifted, I discovered a lot of people in the foodie world were buzzing about cauliflower pizza crust.  Continue Reading

Kale and Lentil Soup with Pork

I may be the last person on the planet to know kale and lentils work well together. According to google, that combo has been done…in soups, stews, sautes, pilafs, pastas, curried, etc.

That’s a comeuppance. I thought I was creating something new. Continue Reading

A Spanish-Themed Dinner

I seem to be thinking about Spain a lot these days as witnessed by my last few posts. Perhaps I’m channeling my ancestors. Or, perhaps I’m subconsciously psyching myself for another trip to the Motherland. One can hope for the latter. :)Whatever the reason, it makes for good eats! And while I couldn’t set a chair for each of you at the table, I hope you’ll feel like you were there …perhaps even be inspired to create a similarly themed dinner in your home?

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Tips for Making a Really Great Paella

Most people think Paella is the national dish of Spain but that would be disputed by the Spaniards who consider it a regional dish. There is no dispute, however, that it is their most popular and widely-known dish.

There are myriad recipes out there for paella. This post goes beyond them. Do you want to know what makes a really good killer paella? Continue Reading

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