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Fava beans and peas, the Spring flavor

Fava beans and peas, the Spring flavor

Fava beans and peas, the flavor of Spring season. Until some years ago I didn’t care, I used to eat peas but was not fond of them. But a couple of years ago I began to appreciate fresh fava beans and this year, maybe because…

Eggplant with tomatoes

Eggplant with tomatoes

I saw these eggplants with tomatoes on Instagram, on a summer late morning, while returning from the beach. I showed the photo to my husband and said: “How beautiful and inviting are these eggplants! But I am afraid it is one of those beautiful but…

Onions au gratin

Onions au gratin

When I saw this onions au gratin recipe, I saved it because, other than being extra easy, it is prepared with only good ingredients. So, it could only be a tasty dish. I admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I first prepared it, as…

Irresistible baked potato chips

Irresistible baked potato chips

These baked potato chips are really irresistible and I can tell you in advance that you’ll never prepare enough of them. Your family and friends will always ask for more. A couple of weeks ago I had peeled and sliced some potatoes to cover a…

Roasted savoy cabbage with Parmesan and walnuts

Roasted savoy cabbage with Parmesan and walnuts

Had you ever thought about oven roasted savoy cabbage? I hadn’t. Until I saw this recipe that caught my (strong) curiosity. I like savoy cabbage very much, but I had only cooked it into soups, or with meat sauce. Never thought about roasting it. But…

Roasted eggplant with capers

Roasted eggplant with capers

I had never tried roasted eggplant with capers. When you think you have already tried all eggplant recipes, you are surprised with a different one that gives you new flavors and tastes. I’ve prepared this recipe twice – and at each time I increase capers…

Delicious broccoli

Delicious broccoli

Delicious broccoli? When I was a child this would be such a weird phrase, impossible to be said by me. I didn’t like vegetables and broccoli was among the “worst” ones. Today I just love vegetables and people ask me if I am vegetarian, so…

Quinoa with peas

Quinoa with peas

Pair quinoa with peas is a great idea. Other than being an extremely simple recipe to prepare, the flavors mix well perfectly resulting in a very pleasant taste to the palate. The ingredients to match are 4: quinoa, peas, onion and walnuts. It was enough…

A light stuffed eggplant recipe (no frying)

A light stuffed eggplant recipe (no frying)

(and tomatoes and zucchini) here in Italy. They are a healthy vegetable, with few vitamins but a lot of fiber. And God, they match so well with such a number of different ingredients. This recipe attracted me because I was curious about boiling the eggplants…

Oven fried garlic potatoes

Oven fried garlic potatoes

These oven fried garlic potatoes are fantastic. When I found this recipe on Leite’s Culinaria site, I left the page opened until today when I prepared them for lunch. When you think you have tried quite all ways to cook potatoes… a new recipe surprises you.…