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Moroccan Chicken Thighs

3 Comments | Written on October 11, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Last week we held a recipe contest celebrating “dark meat” chicken – specifically legs and thighs.  These rich and flavorful cuts of chicken are not only delicious, but also budget-friendly!  Be sure to check out the gallery of entries in the “Best Chicken Legs or Thighs Recipe Ever” contest for mealtime ideas.

The winning dish from “HighNoonRanch” is both easy and exotic.  Fill your kitchen with the aroma of a North African bazaar when you make this recipe for “Easy Moroccan Chicken!”

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Best Meatball Recipe Ever – Mexican Meatball Tacos

No Comments | Written on August 23, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Just about every culture across the globe has a meatball recipe as part of their traditional cuisine.  From the Italy to the Middle East, even all the way up in Sweden, meatball inspiration is all around.  When we put the call out for the “Best Meatball Recipe Ever” the entries were vast as well.

In the end, one unique creation came out on top – “Easy Tinga Meatballs with Spicy Chipotle Sauce” from “vcallag!”  These Mexican-inspired meatballs are enjoyed in a unique way – inside a tortilla!  If you love enjoying taco night once a week, give this easy weeknight meal a try.

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Best Cookie Ever – Italian Ravioli Cookies

2 Comments | Written on June 13, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

The winning recipe in our “Best Cookie Ever” contest takes an Italian classic and turns it on it’s head.  This is a dessert ravioli!

I think there might be a trend developing here.  This recipe follows in the footsteps of last years $1,000,000 Pillsbury Bake-Off Grand Prize winner, Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream.  If you love ravioli for dinner, why not enjoy it for dessert too!

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Easy Cheesy Mexican Cornbread

7 Comments | Written on May 1, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

If you are looking for a quick side dish to serve on Cinco de Mayo, I have the recipe for you!  This “Easy Cheesy Mexican Cornbread” can be whipped up in minutes.

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Top 13 Mexican Recipes

2 Comments | Written on March 14, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

Since the recipe contest theme this week is Mexican (and a huge hit so far, by the way!) I wanted to do a roundup of some of my favorite Mexican-inspired recipes from The Daily Dish.  Take a peek and be sure to enter your Best Mexican Recipe Ever in the contest this week!

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

7 Comments | Written on March 12, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

I can’t believe so many St. Patrick’s Days have come and gone, and this is the first time I am posting a classic Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe!   In traditional Irish fashion, nothing goes to waste in this recipe.  The beef and the cabbage are even boiled in the same water!

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Pasta alla Norma – Sicilian Pasta Sauce Recipe

5 Comments | Written on March 1, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

“Pasta alla Norma” is a classic Italian recipe from the city of Catania on the island of Sicily.  It is a vegetarian dish made with eggplant and often tossed with penne pasta.

It is served with ricotta salata, which is a varation of ricotta that has been pressed, salted and dried.  Some like to shave or grate it into dishes, but I have always preferred it cubed.   It looks beautiful for presentation, and it makes me look forward to each bite!  If you can’t find ricotta salata at your local grocery store, you can subsitute smoked mozzarella.

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Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizer

1 Comment | Written on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

In Spain, it is considered good luck to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight as we ring in a new year.  Some say, for every sweet grape you eat there will be a good month in the coming year, and for each sour one a bad month.   You can even make a wish with each one you eat!

This simple appetizer recipe is a beautiful way to present a round of brie for a New Year’s Eve celebration.  Serve with crackers or apple slices, and, of course, a glass of bubbly!   This year, may all of your grapes be sweet as we welcome 2013.  Cheers!

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How to Make Fresh Ricotta and Homemade Cannoli

11 Comments | Written on November 30, 2012 at 12:00 am , by

You are in for a treat today!

First I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own fresh ricotta cheese at home.   Then, demonstrate how you can take that ricotta and use it in a simple and authentic cannoli.  Finally, in the Italian spirit of not letting anything go to waste, I am even going to show you a fun trick for leftover vanilla bean pods.

Is your mouth watering yet?!

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Sicilian Swordfish Steaks

5 Comments | Written on November 29, 2012 at 12:00 am , by

It’s hard to believe that only a month ago I was whisked away to the island of Sicily, half a world away from my life in Los Angeles.  I had no idea what to expect, but I quickly found Sicily to be overflowing with old-world charm, warmth, and a genuine feeling of family.

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