Category Archives: Basics

Garden Tomato Sauce Recipe with Fresh Basil

Did you know that tomatoes can teach you about life? This is especially true when you decide to make a garden tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes. If you struggle with perfection, the tomato can teach you that the most imperfect … Continue reading

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Swordfish Milanese with Eggplant Sauce with Tabasco

This is Dish number 4 of the  five dishes made this week for the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Challenge, which you can read about here. This is a tasty dish, so easy to make, yet so impressive and full of flavor. … Continue reading

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Eggplant Benedict with Tabasco Olive Oil Hollandaise, Paleo Friendly

This is the second recipe in the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Challenge. Each day this week, I will be posting a recipe, where I could only use any combination of just ten ingredients. See those ingredients and read more about the … Continue reading

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Grilled Swordfish with Salsa Verde over Tomato Agridolce, Paleo Friendly

Grilled Swordfish Verde with Tomato Agridolce was created for a Tabasco cooking challenge. Each day this week, you will be treated to a creative recipe, using a combination of just ten ingredients in a sponsored series by Tabasco. Tabasco is … Continue reading

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How to Make Perfect Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Making perfect hard boiled eggs is easier than I thought. What is a perfect hard boiled egg anyway? A perfect hard boiled egg has the yolk cooked all the way through, but not overcooked and has no dark ring around … Continue reading

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How to Make Blanched Almond Flour

Almond flour is all the rage lately. It’s the flour used in macarons and many paleo recipes like these grain free chocolate chip cookies. Almond Flour  is not to be confused with almond meal, which is much granier and often … Continue reading

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Raw Beet Pesto with Basil and Sun Flower Seeds

Red beets or beet root? However, you describe this deep purple red root vegetable, there is intensity. People love or hate this earthy vegetable. But, I believe there are only two kinds of people regarding the beet. Those who love … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Nashville Chef’s Table Cookbook and Recipe for Cajun BBQ Shrimp

I’ve talked about a few cookbooks here at Spinach Tiger, but none excites me as much as the Nashville Chef’s Table Cookbook, because I know the restaurants and I’ve had many of these amazing dishes. Please enter the GIVEAWAY below. … Continue reading

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Penne alla Vodka

Vodka sauce with penne pasta,  known as Penne alla vodka,  is not a centuries old Italian recipe brought over on the boat. We never ate this growing up, and Italians are not typically at the ready with a vodka bottle … Continue reading

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Joe’s Special and How to Freeze Spinach and Kale

Are you familiar with Joe’s Special ? It’s a medley of ground beef, spinach and eggs, made famous in San Francisco at New Joe’s, an Italian restaurant in 20’s, and was later placed on the menu at a place called … Continue reading

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Oven Fried Sunny Side Up Eggs

Editor’s Note: Since this post was written, I did this video. Oven Fried Sunny Side Up Eggs! Who knew. I didn’t know. I accidentally discovered this today when I was making bacon in the oven on my new Lodge griddle. … Continue reading

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How to Color Sugar, A Recipe Fail for Cupcakes

It’s time again to bake from another blog for the Secret Recipe Club and I stopped looking when I saw Margarita Cupcakes, which led me to learning how to color sugar. It’s just as easy as coloring coconut. The Secret … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Tart Crust and 7 Tips for Gluten Free Baking

Gluten Free Tart Crust is something new for me here. I don’t do trendy diets, or follow any diets that eliminate meat or dairy. I eat everything as long as it’s whole, real food. Of course, real is a vague … Continue reading

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Walnut Pesto Sauce with Seven Herbs

This is my favorite pesto sauce ever. Please visit the  Williamson Source for the recipe, where I am guest posting. This time I talk about what to do with the herbs in my garden, how to keep herbs fresh in … Continue reading

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Bacon Cheddar Chive Biscuits for a Sunday Morning

Bacon Cheddar Chive Biscuits are the perfect biscuit for a Sunday morning. There is time to fry the bacon, grate the cheese and go out the garden to snip off some fresh chives. I mentioned morning, but these biscuits travel … Continue reading

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My Best Homemade Fluffy Southern Biscuits for My Southern Husband

Since posting this recipe I’ve received a ton of emails thanking me for this recipe, because it works! Read the comments to see some of the positive feedback I continue to get. I can’t thank my readers enough for taking … Continue reading

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My Italian Grandmother’s Basic Homemade Tomato Sauce

I am Italian. I’m picky about my tomato sauces, but probably not in the way you think. I like them understated, balanced, bright and fresh even though I used canned tomatoes. If you need a recipe for fresh garden tomato … Continue reading

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Turkey Stock, Turkey Gravy

I make the best turkey gravy. I know this because I’ve had the bad stuff. The lumpy. The greasy. The pasty. And, maybe like you, I was scared of making gravy. After all, people remember bad gravy, the way they … Continue reading

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No Baste Holiday Turkey, Roasted with Cheesecloth Technique

As turkey recipes abound, I’m just like everyone else. I only cook a turkey once a year, so I watch all the cooking shows, and read the latest news on turkey cooking. When Michael Symon draped his turkey in a … Continue reading

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Video for My Perfect Pie Crust also known as Pate Brisee

Since writing this post, I’ve made a video, which will help you make that perfect pie crust. It’s no secret. I’ve made and published my pie crust many times here. I’ve made peach pie, blackberry pie crust cobbler, raspberry, pie, … Continue reading

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Homemade Blueberry Pie Filling for Ice Cream, Cake, and Mini-Pies

Martha Stewart keeps pound cake in the freezer just in case company drops in, although I can’t imagine who would just drop in on Martha. However, the idea of a pound cake and some of this blueberry sauce/filling waiting in … Continue reading

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Blueberry Hand Pie with Spelt Pie Crust

We wait all year for this month of summer. Our blueberry season has started early. I drove an hour to pick strawberries, but I only had to drive  two minutes yesterday to pick these. We live next to a blueberry … Continue reading

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How to Make Strawberry Simple Syrup

The summer heat came in Spring this year in Nashville. I don’t like heat. I like beach breezes and weather I can run long distances in. I learned, however, that early heat has it’s good side. The strawberries at the … Continue reading

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Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine with Spinach Mashed Potatoes

I swing both ways in the kitchen. I like to make what I call my five-minute meals like this grilled salmon which makes  an ordinary day of the week seem celebratory because the food is so good. Then on other … Continue reading

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Beautiful Poached Eggs

Do you like poached eggs as much as I do. Have you tried to make them and it’s been hit and miss? We’ve all had those days, where the yolk breaks, or gets too hard. When you have a day … Continue reading

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Egg, Olive and Cheese, A Delicious Egg Salad for Parties

This is straight from childhood.  Everyone loves deviled eggs, and most everyone loves egg salad on a crostini. Egg salad is a childhood memory. It’s a feel good. And, it goes anywhere, even a fancy dressed up party that is … Continue reading

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The Ruffled Egg, A French Inspiration of the Poached Egg

In my dream world, we spend our summers traveling Italy, Spain and France. We eat massive amounts of french bread with cold butter knowing we will walk it off. We slip into small obscure eateries where no one speaks English … Continue reading

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How to Peel an Avocado

I thought I knew the secret to avocados. But, I didn’t. I used to think I was pretty smart just spooning and scooping out an avocado, after slicing in half. It works; but, it’s not the secret. Drum roll….. When … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pizzoccheri and Making Buckwheat Pasta

This is a two-part post. Pizzoccheri, an Italian pasta casserole made with buckwheat pasta, swiss chard stalks, potato, fontina cheese and the making of buckwheat pasta. It’s a safe bet that you are probably like me and not too familiar … Continue reading

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Beef Stock and Roasted Bones

Beef stock is at the heart of many comfort foods. I’m thinking of minestrone and french onion soup as starters, and heading onward to ossobuco, which is what prompted my obsession with meat broth this weekend. I couldn’t wait to … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Making Chicken Broth

Which type are you when life is having its moments? Do you run to creamy cheesecake, crunchy chips or chocolate? Or, are you like me, with barely an appetite and the only thing I want is soup, and it has … Continue reading

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Baked Green Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Bolognese Style

This is probably not the recipe people are looking for the first week of January, but there are many reasons why you should store this in your arsenal: • Bolognese is a great winter favorite that can be served over … Continue reading

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White Christmas Ice Cream Bombe with Dark Chocolate Sauce

The holidays require us to pull out all the stops. The days are short and dark, and they need us to find ways to not only celebrate our spiritual beliefs, commit time to friends and family, but to brighten our … Continue reading

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Purple Food: Muscadine Grapes and Dressing Up a Pork Sandwich

Continuing in my series of  Purple Food, muscadine grapes are a rich source of polyphenols and are considered a super anti-oxidant. Find out more about the muscadine nutrition profile here. If you want to increase your knowledge of food, write … Continue reading

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Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Onion Butter Sauce

Today we visit Venice and prepare gnocchi. When made Venetian style (no eggs), they are light, pillowy treats of potato and flour that are good with just a bit of browned butter, or even better with a sauce that will … Continue reading

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Zucchini Garlic Scape Pesto

I was bursting at the seams to share something that developed in my kitchen last Friday night. I meant to share this right away, but then I thought I might redo it and make it prettier. But when I had … Continue reading

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Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Marinade, Roasted Corn

I am a little different in that I don’t like too many marinades, at least the kind that call for soy sauce, heavy garlic, vinegar, etc. But, I saw a chimichurri marinade/sauce at a gourmet food shop, the color and … Continue reading

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Rosemary Bread – Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes

If you are afraid to bake your own bread, try this bread. It’s fabulous and it will be gone quickly. It’s no fail. It’s no knead. And, you can put your own spin to it. I did by adding in … Continue reading

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