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This colorful Mediterranean three-bean salad is packed with protein and is excellent to have on hand for a quick and healthy lunch, appetizer, or side dish. You can choose whichever beans you have on hand: white cannellini, red kidney, black beans, or chickpeas. I prefer the contrast of the beans’ color and texture and complementing them with a few fresh vegetables such as colorful bell peppers, celery, and garlic. Season this medley of deliciousness with fresh parsley or basil, a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, and a classic Italian vinaigrette. …


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This Apple Oatmeal Bread is delicious and nutritious at the same time. It has a soft and moist crumb, studded with walnuts for a nutty texture. The oats and whole wheat flour give this loaf wholesome goodness, capped with a crunchy cinnamon oat topping. The natural sweetness from the apples, maple syrup, and vanilla accommodates a healthy diet and lifestyle. This delightful Apple Oatmeal bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or snack, complementing your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. You can serve this loaf with a light spread of butter for added flavor and richness.

The recipe is simple and requires minimal preparation time. I suggest using Gala, Fuji, and Pink Lady apples as they are firm and can withstand baking well. You can use steel-cut oats for added health benefits, or you can use old-fashioned rolled oats and blend them into a flour-like consistency. Once this loaf cools, you can slice and freeze it in an airtight plastic container and thaw as needed making it a convenient grab and go breakfast or snack option. …


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This crusty whole wheat bread recipe is crispy on the outside with a soft and airy center. This wholesome and delicious bread requires several hours to rise and no kneading! A few ingredients are needed to make this healthy and nutritious bread: yeast, honey, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and cornmeal. A light dusting of cornmeal on the top of the bread dough before baking gives this loaf an added crusty texture. You can bake this bread in a 4 or 5-quart Dutch oven lined with parchment paper. You can freeze this bread whole or in slices by wrapping it in clear plastic wrap and placing it in a freezer bag, thawing when needed. Accompany this bread with a cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil for dipping, and it will be a delightful addition to any meal. …


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These soft and irresistible oatmeal raisin cookies have a chewy texture of old-fashioned rolled oats and raisins. It is a quick and easy cookie dough to prepare, requiring the dough to chill for easy rolling and shaping. You can use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe. If you use salted butter, omit the added pinch of salt. You can store these cookies in a sealed, airtight container at room temperature for a week. The delicious buttery dough melds together with the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and raisins’ gentle sweetness! They are a yummy treat with your morning or afternoon coffee and a perfect snack to pack in your child’s lunch bag. …


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This Spaghetti with Mussels in a Tomato Wine Sauce recipe is an elegant and irresistibly delicious meal that is simple to prepare. You can easily prepare this Italian restaurant pasta dish at home! Flavorful pasta incorporated with a few high-quality ingredients: mussels, white wine, and tomatoes make this an impressive dinner that the whole family will enjoy! Pair the tomato wine sauce with freshly baked crusty bread. It is perfect for dipping and added indulgence!

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 small onion…


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Nothing brings the family together, quite like food! These tasty appetizer ideas are easy and healthy, and everyone will gather around the table in no time. Appetizers can be simple to make, like this family Italian Seafood salad recipe, which is perfect when accompanied by a loaf of home-baked artisan bread, smoked salmon with capers and brie platter an assortment of fresh fruit. Together, they can become a meal in itself.

The Seafood salad is conveniently made the day before serving so that all the delicious flavors of the marinade, vegetables, and seafood meld together. The artisan bread is freshly baked the day of and cooled before serving for a crispy outside and a soft and airy center. …


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This Chocolate Nutella Soufflé recipe is an irresistible sweet treat made and served in individual ramekins. To prepare, combine the dry and wet ingredients in each ramekin, add a dollop of Nutella in the center and gently cook on the stovetop in a water bath for 15 minutes! You will be amazed at how easy this dessert is to put together, and the results are impressive! …


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Amaretti cookies are a traditional almond cookie found at every Italian gathering or celebration. With a delicate chocolate almond macaroon-like texture, beautifully coated with powdered sugar on their lightly crinkled top, this recipe requires few pantry staples and a couple of specialty ingredients such as ground almonds and organic cacao. The cookie dough is prepared by hand in one bowl and yields four dozen cookies! To make these cookies, I use two 13 x 18-inch cookie sheets and bake one at a time to allow the cookies to rest and cool completely before removing them as they need to set before transferring on the cookie tray. I have been baking these delicious cookies as a teenager; they are simple to prepare for both novice and experienced bakers! You can store these cookies in an airtight container and defrost them as needed at room temperature. These amaretti are a delicious dessert cookie that complements a coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. …


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The holidays are just around the corner! As we are preparing for our Christmas cookie trays and exchanges, here is a delicious cookie recipe to share with your family and friends. These yummy buttery bites are lightly sweetened with vanilla, toasted with a nutty crunch, and delicately rolled in powdered sugar. They are a delightful pairing with hot chocolate, coffee, or tea. This cookie dough is quick and easy to prepare and requires minimal pantry ingredients. You can use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe. If you use salted butter, eliminate the pinch of salt. The dough requires chilling for an hour before baking. The chilled dough makes the balls easy to form and roll in the confectioner’s sugar before placing them on the cookie sheet. These cookies can be prepared in advance and frozen, and thawed when needed. …

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