White Chocolate Berry Roulade

This started out to be strawberry shortcake. But I never do what's expected.  I like raspberries in my shortcakes because their tartness adds a layer of flavor to dulcet strawberries. Whipped cream is great, but wait until you taste it with white chocolate mixed in. 

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Grilled Skirt (Flat Iron, Flank, Flap or Hanger) Steak With Balsamic & Rosemary

Marinating an inexpensive tough cut of beef–easy. Cooking to the right temperature and carving without mutilating are the real secrets to tender, juicy steaks. The right marinade helps, too. 

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Spring Greens with Roasted Asparagus, Fennel & Strawberries with Tahini Vinaigrette

This salad is delish, but it's the tahini vinaigrette that is amazing. It is so good that it makes a great dip for veggies, too. This dressing will change the way you think about salads. Guaranteed. 

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Hummus with Lima Butter Beans & Cumin

Trendy hummus can be made in a rainbow of flavors from beet to spinach. I keep mine simple by substituting buttery limas for the garbanzos, which makes it wonderfully creamy. 

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Roasted Cauliflower Crumbles with Panko & Gruyere

"Wow! Risotto!" my vegetarian daughter, Caryn, exclaimed when I set a bowl of finely chopped and roasted cauliflower on the table. "Not exactly," I explained, "unless you want to call this roasted cauliflower risotto."

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Set It & Forget It Meringue Torte with Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Here is a terrific spring dessert to top off your Passover Seder or Easter feast. It is so light and airy that if it isn't topped with a luscious raspberry sauce, it might float right off the plate. 

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Spinach with Garlic, Currants & Pine Nuts

You won't want to pass up this simple spinach recipe that I guarantee will turn over a new leaf in your spinach cooking repertoire. It has revolutionized cooking plain spinach for me–and you can even make it for crowd. 

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Fudgy Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Crispy, fudgy, salty-sweet, these simple cookies may look ordinary, but wait until you taste them. They are like a potato chip. It's hard to eat just one.

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Beef Stew with Côtes du Rhône & Balsamic

I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the most stellar stew imaginable. The first one you will thank me for. 

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Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Zucchini and Spice Cheese

How many roles can one mushroom play? How about an excellent hors d'oeuvre, first course, vegetable side dish or vegetarian entree?  Vegetables don't get more versatile than this. 

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Cinnamon-Scented Rice Pilaf with Apricots & Raisins

A stick of cinnamon, crushed cardamom pods and whole peppercorns add terrific flavor to this golden pilaf. Instead of adding them directly to the rice, tie them up in a piece of cheesecloth, so you can easily remove them once they've added their terrific seasonings to the dish. 

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Mexican Chicken Soup

Although the D word isn't part of my New Year's vocabulary, this zesty soup is light enough to qualify for one. It is super fast and aside from a poblano chili pepper, you probably have the other ingredients in your fridge or pantry.  

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Blushing Champagne Punch with Citrus Ice Ring

You don't need to buy an expensive champagne to make this refreshingly light and effervescent punch.

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Persimmon, Beet & Arugula Salad with Hazelnut (or Walnut) Vinaigrette

When I served it at a dinner party recently, not a leaf of arugula was left on a plate. It looks great  arranged on individual plates or on a large platter for a buffet.

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Roasted Two Squash & Red Onion Galette

Each bite of this fragrant tart encapsulates the beauty of Fall and nostalgia of Thanksgiving. Assembling it is a little more complicated than most of my recipes, but if you take it a step at a time, you will have great success.

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Perfect Pumpkin Soup

When my 4 children were in elementary school and I had just begun teaching cooking in my home, I liked to try new recipes on them and their dad for dinner.  On this particular week, I was working on a pumpkin soup recipe for a Thanksgiving class. 

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Mexican Chopped Salad with Pepitas and Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette

Toasting cumin seeds in a skillet and then blending them into a smokey vinaigrette makes an unforgettable dressing. Corn, apples, tomatoes and avocados add flavor. Tortilla chips and pepitas add crunch. 

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Garlic Shrimp with Panko & Parmesan crust

These scrumptious shrimp are so easy to make that with a little extra effort, you can increase the recipe for 2 to serve 22. 

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Gorgonzola, Mint & Basil

It takes very few ingredients to create an heirloom tomato salad worthy of applause.. This one has a touch of balsamic and olive oil, a couple of fresh herbs and crumbles of cheese to  enhance the tomatoes' sublime sweetness.  

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No-Cook Strawberry Ginger Jam (Freezer Jam)

Here's an amazingly fresh-tasting jam that doesn't need cooking, takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and can be frozen up to one year.  I was never a jam maker before I discovered instant pectin, but now I have a freezer full of the most delicious strawberry jam imaginable. 

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