Category Archives: Vegetarian

Garlic & Olive Oil Dipping Sauce

Ever get too much garlic and wonder what to do with the excess before it turns?  Try making garlic & olive oil dipping sauce.  It will last for months in the fridge without loosing flavor or texture.  You can use it as a condiment on bread, a marinade for meat or poultry, or a substitute for pesto in pasta.

the perfect use for aging garlic

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Mushroom Quiche w/Homemade Crust

Served warm in the winter or cool in the summer this is a prince among comfort foods.  If you use a store-bought crust this can be ready in 40 minutes, add another 30 minutes for the adventure of making your own crust.  Either way it fits well with a busy schedule.tastes lie a warm hug

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Pizza

45 minute for delivery?  It takes about the same time to make one and it won’t run you $19.99.  This recipe calls for fresh tomato instead of sauce.  You should play with the ingredients to find a mix of toppings that works for you.

takes about an hour and there's no need to tip

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Utilitarian Tomato Sauce

This is a workhorse.  A basic tomato-based sauce that can morph into a finishing ingredient for protein or vegetable main courses, the base for a stew or soup, or a pasta sauce.

getting the most out of tomato & garlic

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Cornbread – Spicy or Mild

I hadn’t made cornbread in years (the kids weren’t wild about it, so another item fell from the menu) but stepped up to the plate for an office party.  Perfect for the fall, it can be served at the table or brought along on an outing.  Preparation time’s less than an hour and, for parties or picnics, it can be made a few days in advance.

small but deadly

Below is a basic recipe with a spicy alternative.  Traditionalists would use a cast iron skillet.  Since this is for a potluck I’ll use a muffin tin.

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Asparagus Vinaigrette

Ever have beautiful vegetables that won’t mesh with your menu but need to be eaten before they go bad?  I’m thinking of mushrooms, cauliflower, carrots, peppers and, yes, asparagus.  Rather than curse yourself for an impulse buy, consider preserving them in a vinaigrette to eat later in a salad or as a side.

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Southwestern Salsa

A simple and elegant treat.

Fall means leaves, sweaters and tailgating.  Salsa’s a big part of this, and often a big disappointment.  The problem’s that folks want flamboyant colors, resulting in a mix of every brightly hued veggie and spice on hand.  Yes, salsa can have many themes.  Just not all at once, please.

So the rule’s to keep it simple and elegant.  Here’s my take on a classic.  Notice that I recommend using either garlic or shallot, but not both?  In combination with lime juice either one is good, but all three together can be too much.

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