A Caprese Salad with Parma Ham

A Caprese Salad with Parma Ham

Sometimes simple dishes are the best!
Tonight I really did not feel like preparing anything complicated. It’s warm outside and I’ve been moving around all day long sorting through things in my home as I’m doing a major summer cleaning.

 
Preparing a Caprese Salad with Parma Ham
So I prepared a dish with mozzarella, tomatoes, Prosciutto di Parma ham, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a little salt and pepper. This dish always looks nicer when you lay a slice of mozzarella on a slice of tomato and continue in this fashion until you fill your dish (or have enough for your group). T…

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Pesto with Arugula, Basil and Fennel

Pesto with Arugula, Basil and Fennel

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How to use fresh herbs to create your own Pesto
Food always tastes better with the right condiments (pesto, rubs, and sauces) to enhance the flavors of your dish. When entertaining friends, keeping the main dish fairly simple while offering a selection of homemade condiments is a sure key to success. Everyone can choose how they want their dish. Your guests can make it as spicy, flavorful or simple as they wish.

Summertime is ideal for making pesto sauces with fresh herbs. For most people the term pesto refers only to a mixture made from pounding together basil, garlic,…

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Tastiest Carnitas North of the Border

Tastiest Carnitas North of the Border

How can you make the Tastiest Carnitas?
Carnitas are the Latin American version of shredded or pulled pork. Cuts of fatty pork shoulder and layers of pork belly are braised together slowly over the stove to create delicious, juicy meat with a slightly smoked flavor. Most chefs use the fat from the pork to enhance the flavor of this yummy dish. I however remove as much fat as possible from the pork before putting it on the stove. Removing the fat makes this dish more healthy and no less tasty. Try for yourself!

I love that this whole carnitas dish can be prepared in a single Dutch oven, mak…

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Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

With So Many Variations of Baba Ganoush, What Makes My Recipe Different?
What’s in a Name?
There are almost as many ways to write baba ganoush (baba ghanoush, baba ghanouj, baba ghannouj or baba gannouj) as there are to make it. This famous dish is also known as Moutabal and Eggplant (or Aubergine) Caviar.

This recipe for baba ganoush has to be among the easiest way to make it.  Yet, it preserves the smoked flavor of the eggplant and all the other qualities we love in our baba ganoush.

 
What Ingredients Make Baba Ganoush?
Baba ganoush comes from the Levantine region yet is reno…

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

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Why not make these tasty chicken enchiladas for Cinco de Mayo? Or any other time of the year?
These Chicken Enchiladas will be an instant crowd-pleaser. Ideal for a family supper, a potluck, a welcome gesture for a new neighbor moving in, or any other happy occasion.

 
Preparing Chicken Enchiladas in Belgium
Making Mexican (really Tex-Mex) food when you are living in Belgium is not as easy as it is when you live in the US (or of course in Mexico). In Belgium, you may not even be able to find some ingredients, which is why I have to adapt by substituting some ingred…

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Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado is a Perfect Dinner for Two
Fresh Colored Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is a seasonal delight.  It is quick to make, satisfying and not a worry for your waistline.  Ready in minutes, Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is ideal for an impromptu or last-minute supper with a special someone tête-à-tête.  What a dream for a weeknight supper!

While the wild garlic makes this a seasonal dish, you can easily substitute a smaller dose of ordinary garlic or fresh garlic instead.  Wild garlic, also known as ramps, has a more subtle flavo…

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Salade Liégeoise: Green Beans and Bacon

Salade Liégeoise:  Green Beans and Bacon

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What is a Salade Liégeoise?

How do you make a Salade Liégeoise?

As every Belgian knows, a Salade Liégeoise is a very typical warm salad made with three basic ingredients: green beans (string beans), bacon and potatoes.   It comes from the city and region of Liège, near the German-Dutch borders with Belgium.

Often we add sautéed onions and then season it with a little vinegar or a combination of vinegars, such as Sherry, raspberry and red wine vinegars.  I usually use my homemade red wine vinegar with a mix of cranberry or raspberry vinegar to add a fruity touch.

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Italian Bean Soup: Vegan

Italian Bean Soup:  Vegan

Short in time?  Looking for new ideas?  Is it the end of the month?
This vegan Italian Bean Soup is the answer!
A big pot of vegan Italian Bean Soup will keep you and your family happy for at least 2 days, depending on the size of your family.

Taking only about 30 minutes to prepare, this Italian Bean Soup soon become one of your family’s favorites.  Not only is it yummy but it is also healthy and inexpensive, suitable for any household’s budget.

This Italian Bean Soup is also ideal when you are trying to lose weight yet need to eat to maintain your energy. You can eat this soup severa…

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Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

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A Vegan Lentil Tomato Soup sure to please the whole family!
Lentils are Inexpensive and Nutritious!
Lentils are considered to be one of the healthiest foods available.  They are also one of the least expensive sources of protein and other nutrients vegans need in their diet.  Adding lentils to soup is a simple way to get the nutrition you need.   Preparing this Lentil Tomato Soup will therefore be a tasty way to get the protein you need.

I enjoy all kinds of lentils: brown, green, yellow, and red.   Brown lentils tend to hold their shape better in soups.  Yet, adding a h…

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Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Recette Sauce rouge pour enchiladas – fr

Is this the best Red Enchilada Sauce recipe?

You will have to try  this Red Enchilada Sauce to find out!

I’ve tasted many enchilada sauce recipes, including many popular ones on Pinterest.  Personally, I find this Red Enchilada Sauce recipe to be simple and somehow more refined and tasty than others.

How Much Time to Make Red Enchilada Sauce?

You can prepare this Red Enchilada Sauce in less than an hour.

How Many Servings Does this Recipe Make?

There is…

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Matzo Brei: Passover or Anytime

Matzo Brei:  Passover or Anytime

Why not make Matzo Brei for breakfast all year round?
It’s the first morning of Passover so of course I made a simple version of Matzo Brei.  As Matzo Brei is made by mixing eggs with matzo, much in the same way as you mix eggs with bread to make French Toast, it is a simple dish to prepare for breakfast or brunch.

The number of possible additions and variations for this otherwise very straightforward dish is endless.  I opted, however, to start off with a basic recipe with a small addition of wild garlic, which is in season and in abundance in my local area at this time of year.

Feel f…

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