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Basic Pasta Red Sauce

Pasta’s an excellent way to have a nice dinner in the middle of the week, and what makes it really special is a fresh red sauce. This sauce is versatile, fast and allows for a glass of wine. Happiness all around.


It’s all in the sauce

Basic Pasta Sauce (4 Servings)

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An 80s trend with staying power, gazpacho’s quick, easy and comforting. In the positive column it’s versatile. It can be strained and served as a drink, paired with a salad for a meal, or served as a quick snack. On the negative side it’s associated with brunch.


Only a few ingredients.  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Veggie Burgers

I recently went to a cookout where some of the folks were vegetarian.  I’ve been playing with meat substitutes for a while, so I volunteered for veggie burgers.

Looks almost good enough to eat :)

Looks almost good enough to eat 🙂

A difference between this and most recipes is that many meat substitutes use beans as a main protein.  But I’m a fan of eggplant, so I chose to use this instead.  It’s not a common approach, but it worked remarkable well.

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Vegetable Vinaigrette

Cooking’s often like life.  The highs are high and moments of regret can have a sour taste.  But sometimes these can be turned around.  Take, for instance, the regret of getting a dozen ears of corn because they were on sale.  So what if I spent less than if I’d bought six?  There’s still a boat load of starchy kernels slowly decaying on the counter.

Worth Repeating

Worth Repeating

This means it’s time for a repeat post on vegetables and salad dressing.  Billed as a fancy salad or condiment, veggie vinaigrette’s nothing more than a way to resurrect expiring produce (look in the bottom of your crisper lately?).

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Ratatouille is a rustic garden dish.  It’s meant to be fast and savory without a lot of flair.  Making it fancy is putting lipstick on a pig.  Anyone who says different’s a poseur.  [So there!]


The following is a basic recipe.  It can be spiced up by adding bell pepper and garlic or a hot pepper.   But remember, overcomplicating this recipe will destroy it.  It will look prettier but taste worse.

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Tomato Soup

Just the thing when you’re in need of a Norman Rockwell moment, tomato soup can be on the table in less than an hour.  The basic ingredients are simple and can be used to make a straight up soup (you’ll want to seed and process the tomatoes to get that Campbells soup effect).   The additional vegetables and spice aren’t much extra work and they bring out a pronounced set of distinct flavors.

a great winter meal

As for the tomatoes, there’s little difference between store-bought and canned.  If you want, you can substitute two 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes or tomato puree.  The advantage of this is that you won’t have to deal with the peeling and mashing.  I use fresh because it’s fun (I like to play with my food ).

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Fillo Veggie Rolls

This is another great addition for the holidays.  It’s also deceptive.  Fillo pastry is easy and forgiving, and a selection of robust vegetables and spice provides an illusion of complexity.

deceptively easy

In addition, fillo is vegan.  This can serve as a main course for vegetarians or a side for everyone else.

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