Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

Inspired by Smitten Kitchen Ingredients: 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil Coarse or Kosher salt 6 medium-to-large tomatoes Red pepper flakes, to taste 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup Arborio or other short-grained, starchy rice Few tablespoons...

Soup with 44 Cloves of Garlic

If you don’t have a proper place to store all that fresh garlic, here is a recipe that will use a good portion of it. Serve this soup with a crusty bread for dipping. Makes 4 servings Inspired by Smitten Kitchen Ingredients: 26 garlic cloves (unpeeled) 18 garlic...

Chickpea and Carrot Sauté

This yummy sauté makes a great side dish with any piece of grilled meat, poultry or seafood. Adapted from Real Simple Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 1 T olive oil 4 medium carrots, sliced ¼” thick 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 15.5 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed...

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This is my favorite way to eat butternut squash—roasting the squash with onions or shallots til they are beautifully caramelized, then pureeing with stock. It’s simple, warm, delicious, and filling.  Freezable too! Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 Tbl olive oil...

Roasted Eggplant Spread

Can the Barefoot Contessa ever be wrong?  The answer is no 🙂 This simple roasted eggplant spread is a go-to for entertaining. Ingredients 1 medium eggplant 2 red bell peppers, seeded 1 red onion, peeled 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons good olive oil 1...