Category Archives: Spinach Tiger Fit

Cooking Italy: Spicy Shrimp and Ten Tips for Eating Healthy Italian

Fast food can be good for you. If you are like millions of Americans who eat fast food a few times a week because of work and crazy schedules, please take note: THIS shrimp IS FAST FOOD. Good food for … Continue reading

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Italian Healthy Baked Chicken Recipe

Tomorrow we fly to Europe for a two week trip to France and Northern Italy. We will be sharing the trip here at Spinach Tiger, and invite you to follow along. We will be spending the first five days in … Continue reading

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Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad

It’s nearing the end of summer, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t enjoying summer food like grilled corn and tomato salad, especially when the corn comes from a friend’s farm and the tomatoes from my backyard. I added in an … Continue reading

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Ground Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

Our table has been host to ground beef stuffed bell peppers three times this summer, and there will most likely be a fourth time soon as bell peppers are awaiting me in the garden. I made a fresh tomato sauce … Continue reading

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Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes

Tomato bisque soup recipes often are made with chicken broth and canned tomatoes. I understand using canned tomatoes when fresh are not available, but chicken broth is a no go for me. I want to taste nothing but creamy tomato … Continue reading

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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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Summer Chicken Soup with Yellow Squash, Corn, Kale, Avocado

Each Spring and each Fall, I take all of my clothes out of my closet and replace them with the current season. It disturbs me to no end to see a winter scarf in July, or a bathing suit in … 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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Red White and Blue Honey Baked Goat Cheese Salad with Blackberry Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer is the time for sweet, juicy, tangy food and, of course, salads. While this is a very simple salad, of honey baked goat cheese, greens, arugula, and summer fruit, there are nuances that must be noted. A good salad … Continue reading

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Triple Crunch Cabbage Salad with Marcona Almonds and Caraway Vinaigrette

I often get my cooking inspiration from local chefs, local restaurants, local food events. That’s exactly what happened here when I ate a salad sample at Generous Helpings.  It’s hard to believe that of all the fabulous food, such as … Continue reading

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Seared Scallops with Braised Fennel: Fast, Easy, Tasty

Easter is over and all those hours in the kitchen were probably worth it, but let’s face it, you don’t always have that kind of time. If you are like me, you need an arsenal of good, fast food, like … Continue reading

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Baked Avocado Egg with Lime Hollandaise Sauce

If you love avocados and if you love runny eggs, this may be your perfect breakfast. You will see this on a lot of blogs so I had to make it just a little more special. I added some lime … Continue reading

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Tarragon Basil Pea Mash with Crispy Pan Fried Salmon (Paleo Friendly)

I often see people complain that the reason they don’t eat healthy is that it’s too much trouble, takes too much time, and it’s easier to grab something more convenient. I want to help to change that. I know the … Continue reading

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Cold Fighting Soup: Tomato Beef Soup with Einkorn Wheat Berries and Bone Broth

Tomato Beef Soup with Einkorn Wheat Berries and Bone Broth was created to fight a household of colds and give a giant boost to the immune system.  The bone broth was cooked in a slow cooker all night long to … Continue reading

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Vitamix Recipe: Vitamin C Smoothie and Tips for Treating Fever

Vitamin C in the Vitamix! It doesn’t get much sweeter or prettier than bright orange to lift the mood, bring energy and help fight off a bad cold. I found myself nursing fevers and colds for five days in a … Continue reading

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Vitamix Give Away and My Most Popular Vitamix Recipes

This Giveaway is now Over. This Vitamix Give Away is the biggest give away I’ve been involved in and something you don’t want to miss out on. I know I’ve told the story of the day I received a Vitamix … Continue reading

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25 Beet Recipes and Are Red Beets an Aphrodisiac?

You are smiling aren’t you. Something about the word aphrodisiac gets us all smiling. Partly, we think it’s folk lore, and partly we’re like the idea and want it to be true. How does a food qualify as an aphrodisiac … Continue reading

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No Beans Chili with Ground Beef and Italian Sausage

It’s another cold winter, and Doug is at it again. He made chili. He makes it once a year. Last year he knocked it out of the park with this five bean chili. He changes it every year. He made … Continue reading

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Rack of Lamb and Brussels Sprouts in Under 30 Minutes

The super bowl was about to start. You have to eat well on Super Bowl Sunday. Rack of lamb with roasted Brussels sprouts is a bit out of the ordinary for game day, but I had no choice. It’s a … Continue reading

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Pan Fried Salmon: Fast and Amazing Dinner in 10 Minutes

Dear Readers, I’m standing in my kitchen today, and I’m thinking about you You want the same things I do.  You want to take care of yourself and your family with good food every day  and you want your every … Continue reading

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake Off Testing Two Recipes

I am a curious eater.  This is why I’m stepping out and giving you two recipes for grain free chocolate chip cookies, but let me tell you how this happened. It’s not that I’m 100% against grains. I’m not. But, … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Approved Fried Cauliflower, Paleo, Gluten Free

The other day the boys asked me how I knew everything. Ha. If they only knew that while I’ve stored massive information into my brain, it’s often there to remind me of how little I know. When I was half … Continue reading

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Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Parmesan

When I was a child I didn’t eat any of these three ingredients. But, my palate is all grown up and I love garlic Brussels sprouts and parmesan cheese as long as the cheese is the real thing, freshly grated. … Continue reading

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Super Antioxidant Salad: Shaved Raw Brussels Sprouts with Raw Red Beet Pesto

In the old days, this was simply a healthy salad.  Now, when I write about it, I think what are the limitations to this super healthy salad with saved brussels sprouts, red beet pesto, and red quinoa and what are … 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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Homemade Italian Beef Stew with Wine, Paleo Friendly, Grain Free

Cold weather drives us to comfort food dishes like homemade Italian beef stew, paleo friendly, grain free. This is what healthy comfort food looks like. It’s NOT diet food. It’s not fat free. It’s not stuck in some frozen wrapper … Continue reading

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Homemade Italian Meatballs, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free

I love meatballs. In fact, I love ground beef. I have a friend who hates ground beef, having grown up with in a family of eleven, where ground beef was served too often. Such a shame, for in our family … Continue reading

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Green Kombucha Smoothie

Green Kombucha Smoothie made with spinach, avocado, apple, and mango is surprisingly good and super healthy. I feel good bringing you smoothie recipes because I have smoothie testers. Picky eaters who don’t eat many vegetables, but love their green smoothies. … Continue reading

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Melted Collard Greens with Pancetta

I’m new to collard greens, which might seem surprising, but I intend to become quite familiar with this Southern staple now that I know it won’t take hours to make them. You can, in fact, cook collard greens in five … Continue reading

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Browned Butter Sage Leaves, Toasted Pecans

Before the winter sets in, I’m going to enjoy every bit of food associated with Autumn like this Autumn Soup of roasted butternut squash soup made a touch sweet with maple syrup and a whole lot savory with pecans and  … 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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Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup – Grain Free, Paleo Friendly

Grain free vegetable beef soup just might be the quintessential one pot Spinach Tiger dish. It’s full of all the super foods including my ever loving kale, and it has plenty of beef. I will never ever be a vegetarian … Continue reading

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Legends from Europe: Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Toasted Red Quinoa, Parmigiano Reggiano

Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Red Quinoa is a dish one cannot stop eating after the first bite. There is a lot going on with the varying textures from toasted quinoa, smoked almonds and raw Brussels sprouts, but it’s the powerful … Continue reading

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Autumn Brunch: Baked Eggs with Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash

Sometimes good things lead to better things and that’s exactly what happened when these eggs made their way into yet another new dish. It was only last week that I discovered sunny side up eggs could be oven fried. From … Continue reading

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Ground Beef Italian Style with Pancetta, Kale, Sweet Peas

This is an upgraded version of a dish my family eats all the time. I first discovered the amazing combination of two simple ingredients, when put together are magical, at an Italian Club potluck. At first I was put off.Who … 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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Why My Husband Went Paleo Primal and Special Deal on Health Bundle

This is a post from Doug Roberts, Mr. Spinach Tiger. It was specifically his success that inspired me to to offer this amazing health bundle. See those details below. When I was offered an opportunity to promote this, I hesitated, … Continue reading

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Perfect Autumn Potluck Salad: Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries, Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

This Autumn Salad of kale and warm honey mustard vinaigrette with sweet potatoes, dried cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect salad for parties and potlucks. This is a perfect potluck salad because you  can have everything ready within … Continue reading

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Shrimp, Mushrooms, Tomato, Barley for a Thirty Minute One Dish Dinner

Pairing shrimp with mushrooms and barley was a restaurant inspired dish. They called it their version of shrimp and grits which became a let down, even though the dish was absolutely delicious, enjoyable, earthy. It just wasn’t shrimp and grits … Continue reading

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Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette Dressing

Tuna Nicoise Salad is one of my favorites and today I chose to make it with an incredible piece of seared tuna. A new seafood market opened up this very week right in time for me to make this for … Continue reading

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Grilling a Whole Fish

I’m not sure why I’ve never grilled or roasted a whole fish before. Perhaps, because it seems so daunting, and unlike my neighbor, Susan, who brought the fish over for us to share, I didn’t grow up eating whole fish. … Continue reading

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Chicken Stuffed Poblano Pepper with Avocado Sauce

A chicken stuffed poblano pepper made with peaches, almonds, apples and cilantro is a bit unique in texture, flavor, sweet juiciness, creaminess and bold heat. This is the best healthy recipe combining chicken and poblano peppers that I have ever … Continue reading

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Blue Cheese Cole Slaw with Green Apple and 7 Tips for Making Cole Slaw

Blue cheese cole slaw with a touch of green apple made with dijon mustard is delight to all the senses. Before you taste, your nose can smell tang of the blue cheese and mustard. The green apple brings a tart … Continue reading

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Corn Avocado Salad, Tomato, Black Eyed Peas and Four-Minute Corn on the Cob

Husking fresh corn for corn salad says summer is here, the crops are in, and the food we wait all year for is ready to go. While we here  in the Nashville area don’t grow our own avocados, we do … Continue reading

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Veal Stew with Onion Sauce, Sage, Peas and Purple Potatoes on the Lighter Side

What do you do when someone picks six big sweet onions while visiting their farm and hands them to you? You make veal stew with onion sauce, add in some peas increasing the sweetness and give it a little depth … Continue reading

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Arugula with Strawberries and Manchego Cheese

Strawberries in a salad has been done a zillion times, but that’s because it’s so good.  Strawberries,  sweet, juicy and pretty lay well against a vinaigrette and bring a special flavor and balance to a salad.  When the salad is … Continue reading

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Red Beet Vitamix Smoothie Recipe and 10 Benefits of Beets

My grandfather always used to say in his Italian accent, “eata  youra beets, they are a good for youra blood.” He always told me that carrots were good for my eyes and beets were good for my blood.  He was … Continue reading

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Tuscan Kale Salad, Raisins, Almonds, Pecorino, Lemony Salad Dressing

Tuscan Kale Salad with raisins, almonds, Pecorino, all dressed up in a lemony salad dressing might make one ask what the fuss about kale is all about. Kale is trendy. Kale is healthy. Kale is a super food. Kale is … Continue reading

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Spelt and Flax Pancakes with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Orange Zest

My inspiration for healthy spelt and flax pancakes with cinnamon and orange zest comes from my favorite french dessert, Crepes Suzette, only this is a little healthier. Orange zest is powerful and pleasurable and a little goes a long way … Continue reading

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How to Make Homemade Chive Flower Vinegar for a Chive Champagne Vinaigrette

I am eating a special organic green salad five days in a row now, all made with a chive vinaigrette made with my homemade chive flower vinegar. This is odd considering I don’t like anything resembling onions in my salad. … Continue reading

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Beet Greens and Candy Striped and Golden Beet Salad

Did you know that you can eat the beet greens that are attached to the beets? All too often, the beet greens are cut off and beets are purchased loose, but  look for beets with fresh looking greens because this … Continue reading

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Two Green Smoothie Recipes using Kale and Spinach

Editor’s Note: This link was featured in Huffington Post for National Kale Day. I am loving my Vitamix to make green smoothies.  I am back to my healthy self again, which means all out exercise. It took me about three … Continue reading

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Melted Tuscan Kale

Do you like used book stores? I am a double winner when it comes to finding cookbooks at this very cool used book store, BookManBookWoman.in Hillsboro Village in Nashville.  One recent Sunday I took a friend there and we both … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup and Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup is for the person who doesn’t want canned soup, but doesn’t have six hours either. This is the minestrone equivalent to this quick version of chicken noodle soup. This may not be minestrone soup that … Continue reading

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Poached Lemon Dill Shrimp Appetizer

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog post, but it was so pretty, so easy, how could I not share it with you. This dish happened quite by accident. We got invited out to dinner last night and shrimp that … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie Made Two Ways, as an Entree and a Party Bite

We have a favorite “go to” easy recipe that we keep to ourselves. It’s not the kind of dish we typically share with others, thinking of it as too plain or simple. In the recipe category here it’s known as … Continue reading

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30 Minute Health Soup

How are you holding up out there during flu season? Me. I’m fine now, but I didn’t do so well. I just had a terrible bout with pneumonia and then relapsed and then celebrated with a perfect check up and … Continue reading

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Kale and Apple Salad with Golden Raisins, Maple Pecans, and a Cider Maple Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

I doubt there is any bigger pressure to bring a great dish to a potluck than when the Nashville Food Bloggers are getting together. Yes, we are organized thanks to Lindsay Taylor of Love and Olive Oil. She organized a … Continue reading

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Roasted Broccolini Wrapped in Prosciutto

Roasted Broccolini wrapped in prosciutto is so tasty that I will confess here and now that when I made these, I ate them all at once. Enough said. But, wait, there’s so much more to know. Broccolini is related to … Continue reading

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How to Make Pineapple Flowers for a Pineapple Breakfast Cake Made with Spelt Flour, Yogurt and Sucanat Sugar

This is one of those posts that I’m exploding all over to tell you about. Often baked goods that look good don’t taste good, ,  or just arent’ healthy. Often the “healthy” baked goods look anything but happy and often … Continue reading

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Nashville Hot Tofu Sliders, and a Vegan Challenge from the Creative Cooking Crew

I live in Nashville, the new “it” city that has always enjoyed making fun of itself. The Nashville Scene  hosts a yearly contest called You are so Nashville if… Here are some of the best ones from 2012 and a … Continue reading

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Roasted Salad of Spring Greens, Hazelnuts, Pecorino

Did you ever get into something late in the game like a television show in its last season? I’m a big Monk fan, but way behind the trends, I only became a fan during the second to the last season. … Continue reading

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Roasted Turnips, a Lower Carb, Lower Calorie Alternative to the Potato

What do you do when someone gives you a bushel of turnips? You thank them and turn on the oven. I  just happen to be lucky enough to be connected with a local farmer, and a bushel of turnips ended … Continue reading

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Raw Beet Salad with Shallot, Honey, Orange Vinaigrette

If you’re anything like me, you love appetizer parties, but as you’re scoping the table, looking for meatballs, puff pastries and triple cream cheese, you look for that bite of healthy to clean the palate and balance the heavy meats … 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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Braised Chicken, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peas

I live in the South, where the weather is 75 one day, 35 the next. Even on the coldest day, we can trek the outdoors. I am surrounded by steep, tree covered hills, some might call small mountains with trails … Continue reading

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Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Roasted Tomatoes

Happiness to me if finding ways to prepare food in five minutes or less and still eat like a queen.  Grilled cauliflower steak with roasted tomatoes is double happiness. It requires very little prep time, and yields almost zero waste.  … Continue reading

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Chicken Thighs, Lemon, Onions, Turmeric, Sweet Potatoes

I’ve been making this wonderful chicken dish for two years now and forgetting to post it. It’s simple, a little unique and offers room for your own take on it. I only use a few ingredients, some olive oil, tumeric … Continue reading

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Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti

Turkey meatballs with spaghetti is right now today separating me from anyone else in my family. I guess you could say I am third second generation American, first generation ground turkey. I’m fairly late in the game when it comes … Continue reading

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Halloween Stuffed Peppers and the Scarecrows of Cheekwood

Healthy Halloween is on the way! Ground turkey and brown rice stuffed into funny pumpkins is one way to do it, or to at offset the candy corn and there will be candy corn! My tradition every year is to … Continue reading

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Creamy Garden Tomato Soup in the Vitamix

I waited patiently for two things to happen. A big crop of tomatoes from my garden, and a Vitamix. I needed a large crop all ripened at the same time so I could make something like creamy garden tomato soup. … Continue reading

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Fig Bloghop: Roast Chicken with Figs, Shallots and Mustard Rosemary Potatoes

I am embracing figs in the way figs should be embraced. As part of the mother of all comfort food, the roast chicken. This is a blog hop and will be linking recipes using figs, which promises to be a … Continue reading

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Grilled Turkey Burgers Made with Dried Fruit, Fresh Spinach

I am a burger lover.  It has to be a good one, like the one here or here or here. I especially like beef burgers, but lately I’ve taken to making turkey burgers and cutting the fat. Let’s be honest. … Continue reading

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Healthy Fish and Sweet Potato Grits

Can there be such a thing as healthy fish and grits or is this an oxymoron? Healthy is a loose term to be sure. In super model circles, no one wants to be corn fed and that includes grits.  In … Continue reading

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Spaghetti for Breakfast with Poached Eggs and Tomato Jam

As a food and cooking enthusiast, I have my secret fantasies? I play the game “if I had a restaurant.” I know exactly the approach I would take. Much of it would be the kind of food I cook here. … Continue reading

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Roasted Zucchini with Pecorino and Toasted Almonds Inspired by Basi Italia

People often ask me how I learned to cook or how do I stay so creative in the kitchen? It’s easy. I eat out a lot. I am greatly inspired and motivated by restaurants and their talented chefs. I knew … Continue reading

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Sunset Tomato Jam and a not so Pinterest Life

Sunset Tomato Jam should have been served at our sunset wedding in cute jars, with a sentimental label, which  I would have printed out myself using two different fonts that blend together in harmony. It’s a balanced combination of sweet … Continue reading

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How to Love a Radish

Can you remember something from childhood that you refused to eat and just clamor for now? I need to learn how to love a radish. I did not like radishes. I picked them out of salads and didn’t understand why … Continue reading

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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Blackberry Drizzle and Basil

The Five Star Foodie challenge chose the perfect June theme, cold soup. Fruit is jumping all around here with the blueberry farm next to me, wild blackberries a short walk away and all those strawberries I picked last month sitting … Continue reading

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Kale and Farm Fresh Poached Eggs

This is an ordinary post showing my ordinary breakfast. Every Saturday I go to the Franklin Farmer’s Market. I look for the seasonal items, but I almost always return home with kale and eggs, which are staples for me. I … Continue reading

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Healthy Honey Banana Spelt Pancakes

Editor’s Note: I’ve recently altered this recipe slightly, by reducing the honey and adding in buttermilk.) My recent post on facebook sparked some fun yesterday. It’s a true conversation I had with Retro Rose (my mom). Another Retro Rose Moment: … Continue reading

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Roasted Zucchini, First Fruits from our Garden

This is our 4th year growing a small garden.  We still don’t know what we’re doing, but we seem to have green thumbs.  This year we decided to have organic soil delivered, and we can already see the difference. Organics … Continue reading

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Teres Major Steak, a Filet Knock Off

I suffer from painful shyness, but the world doesn’t know this. It peaked at its worst when I was 11 years old. We moved to a new neighborhood (for the 30th time) and I didn’t leave the house, outside of … Continue reading

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Healthy Strawberry Spelt Pancakes and Bradley Kountry Acres Strawberry Picking

Have you ever picked your own strawberries? We did this last week and it was one of best field trips we’ve done. Bradley Kountry Acres, a family owned farm, less than an hour outside of Nashville in Cottonwood, Tennessee is … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust Topped with Arugula Salad

Last week, I had a health scare and for a minute (a day, actually) I awaited to hear test results.  It could have been the kind of news that tells me I won’t see a walker or failing eye sight … Continue reading

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Green Potato Soup for St. Patrick

We know he had two companions, hunger and nakedness, and that the gnawing in his belly and the chill on his exposed skin were his worst sufferings, acutely painful presences that could not be shaken off. From this scant information—Patricius … Continue reading

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Hunger Games Dandelion Salad with Blood Orange Salad Dressing

There is a reason I put the burnt bread with the dandelion salad. Some of you already know. I’ve been thinking about this dandelion salad as much as I’ve thought about the lamb stew. In my last post, I prepared … Continue reading

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Hunger Games Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

Post Edit: This recipe won Hunger Games Lamb Stew recipe contest with Stapleton-Spence and published in Huffington Post for Best Children’s Book Food. In the third book of the Hunger Games Trilogy,  The Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen, by this point, a … Continue reading

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Bacon Roasted Cauliflower.

Today in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s a woman drove up to me and stopped her car to tell me something. She rolled down her window and said, “you have beautiful hair, everything about it, even the color.”I was … Continue reading

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Kale and Green Olive Frittata

Do you ever get like this. You are married for years, maybe decades, and yet you find out something about your spouse that shocks you. You can’t imagine the chaos leading up to this healthy, darling heart-shaped kale frittata.  Superbowl … Continue reading

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Tuscan White Bean Bruschetta with Crispy Kale and Prosciutto

Continuing down the bean path, I am reminiscing about a trip we once took to Tuscany. We ended up eating lunch one day at a small outdoor cafe in the middle of nowhere in a town called Volpaia. No one … Continue reading

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Crostini with Edamame Avocado Spread

Edamame, olive oil, lime, nori sea salt and avocado on Italian toast is going to be my appetizer of choice this Sunday. I love Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the first serious feast since the New Year and a great time … Continue reading

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Spinach Tiger Fit Chicken Noodle Soup

This is classic chicken noodle soup. It’s not the chicken noodle soup I grew up on. We never used noodles; we used a tiny pasta, called pastina. We never added chicken to the soup. The boiled chicken was eaten in … Continue reading

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Skinny Grill Salmon that Tastes Like Butter

This title is misleading. All salmon, if made properly should taste like butter, only better. The naturally occurring omega 3’s in salmon make it a “good fat” fatty fish, that needs little fuss. When salmon is overcooked, and it often … Continue reading

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Baby Peas, Toasted Almonds and Lemon

I’m here with a ten kisses recipe to get you healthy new year started, no matter what your food needs are. Scratch everything you think you know about Brussels Sprouts,  how and when to serve them, and think bright green … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Dutch Pork and Sauerkraut, A Lighter Version

I grew up in Pennsylvania where food traditions are embedded in a serious and delicious way. I wrote more about it here. The Pennsylvania Dutch food influence is so strong that you can guarantee that every single household in the … Continue reading

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Butter Pecan Oatmeal Spelt Granola Bars

This past week we traveled to the Smoky Mountains. We stayed at Blue Mountain Mist Bed and Breakfast in Sevierville, a place of charm and scenery. This picture is the view from the breakfast room, and what a way to … Continue reading

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Roasted Golden Beet Carpaccio with Orange Walnut Vinaigrette

The single most popular post here at Spinach Tiger is one that only took five minutes of preparation and was merely a side to a more exciting main course. But, every single day, tons of people google roasted golden beets, … Continue reading

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with, Almonds, Dried Cherries, Blood Orange Olive Oil

How did brussels sprouts become the major green star of Thanksgiving dinner? Possibly, because the season for them starts in the Fall, but did you know it goes all the way to Spring? However this came to be, I’m glad … Continue reading

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Chopped Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds

I have a confession to make. I just started eating kale. I tell you this because you might be uncomfortable with certain vegetables and think you are the only one. You might be under the false impression that  “those foodies … Continue reading

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Roasted Okra, Eggplant and Cherry Tomatoes

This is a story about chance meetings. I stumbled upon a beautiful market stand in front of the  Franklin Whole Foods on Sunday night.  I love Whole Foods for allowing various farmers to bring their products and set up a … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard, Nectarine and Toasted Pecan Salad

Do you dare to step out of your comfort zone with salad? I know you have moved away from ice berg lettuce (which is still good with a creamy blue cheese dressing retro style). I’m sure your fridge has seen … 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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Baked Oysters Spinach and Panko Breadcrumbs, and How to Shuck Oysters

When making oysters, I immediately went to this website to refresh myself with the list. For those who are not sure what sustainable means, it’s quite simple. Some seafood are over fished, and this upsets the oceanic atmosphere and eco … Continue reading

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Soup for Winter. Snowcap Heirloom Beans with Shrimp, Green Olives, and Lime with Homemade Corn Tortillas

I keep meaning to write about our most recent trip to Napa that once again enhanced my culinary life, making it just a little better, just a bit more exciting. When I go to Napa, I equally enjoy the food … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Angel Hair with Toasted Almonds and Pomegranate

Are you as busy as I am? You might even be busier, but Christmas time is the worst time to compromise your food choices. If you are like me, you still want delicious, and, I hope you want something nutritionally … Continue reading

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Seared Tuna Encrusted with Dried Wasabi Peas from Mr. Spinach Tiger

It’s been eleven days since I have posted anything and I have really missed the “publish now” button. I so enjoy coming here and sharing good food and good stories. It’s not that we haven’t cooked. We have celebrated two … Continue reading

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End of Summer Corn and Yellow Zucchini Stir-Fried in Cast Iron

Corn and zucchini are our good summer friends. Is there room for one more idea? I don’t pretend to run a gourmet kitchen, although at times, it might appear that way. Four out of seven nights this is how we … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking: Oven-Fried Chicken with Aromatic Spice Rub

When your Italian mother nags you to no end for your recipes, you know you’re doing something right in the kitchen! I called Retro Rose to come to dinner just to show off a little. You see, Retro Rose is … Continue reading

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Golden Grape Gazpacho, Gluten Free and Vegan

As tomatoes, cucumbers and basil are a plenty right now, one lovely refreshing soup coms to mind, gazpacho. This version has no bread, but I did post a more traditional version here. And, I realize my title says grape gazpacho. … Continue reading

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Dandelion Pasta Salad and How Food Bloggers Successfully Collaborate

How do two food bloggers who are in command of their own kitchens successfully collaborate? Last weekend I found myself in a beautiful Hollywood Hills home, nesting, shopping, and cooking with one of my favorite food bloggers in the whole … Continue reading

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Walking Onions Jazz Up Pepper Steak

Fussing in the kitchen, if only for five minutes, is all it takes to ground me, even in a Nashville hot and humid summer. I have to touch food to get my peace. I need to cut, or chop, or … Continue reading

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Magda Zucchini Bake, When Chubby is Better than Slender

Do you like surprises? I do, especially when I go to the farmer’s market and see something I’ve never seen before. And, this happens frequently. I ask myself, “where have I been?” Eating on the moon, or just too comfortable … Continue reading

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Flank Steak in Blackberry Honey Marinade

There was a time, it was a given that if I was going to order a steak in a restaurant, it would be filet mignon and it would cost $29, ala carte. I was so sure I was getting the … Continue reading

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Modern Succotash: Corn, Edamame, Tomato, Avocado

The most enchanting part of cooking is taking the flavors and traditions of one heritage and blending them with another. Succotash is a dish with corn and lima beans, but it can have tomatoes and other vegetables. Sometimes it’s green … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Grilled Chicken alla Diavola, Roman Style

If it were not for the olive oil, one might not recognize this as “Italian.” It might seem to simply be “chicken on the grill.” But, the intense amount of peppercorns awaken the palate to something a bit special and … Continue reading

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La Fritteda and the Fava Bean: Food Worth Fighting For

This is not the most beautiful looking pot of food. All the work that went into this dish, and I still ended up with the ugly step sister, but delicious enough for the princess. My baby artichokes could look better. … Continue reading

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Roasted Asparagus is My Kind of Fast Food

If it takes five minutes, is it still cooking? That’s the question of the decade, isn’t it? Jamie Oliver is doing everything he can to rid the schools of five-minute cooking and I’m trying to bring it back. Only I’m … Continue reading

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Lemon Honey Salad Dressing, Micro Greens

I have a confession to make. When I got married, I had to do what Retro Rose did to my father, and wean my husband off the bottle. I am referring to bottled salad dressing. For a while, he still … Continue reading

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Spring Picnic: Chicken Roulade with Rainbow Chard

The first food I ever cooked for a crowd without anyone’s help was picnic food when I was 15. I Back in those times, picnic food meant fried chicken and potato salad, both of which I was a master at. … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Baked Filet of Sole with Tomato, Oregano, Hot Pepper

I chose this dish for the “Cooking Italy” schedule, because it’s not a typical way most people cook fish and it is a low calorie, healthy meal. Not all Southern Italian food has to be heavy or fattening. There is … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Broccoli Basil Mozzarella Frittata

This is my first “baked” frittata. I have always followed in the footsteps of my mother, grandmother, great grandmother and made my frittatas on top of the stove, a method that takes a lot of practice and confidence, perhaps even … Continue reading

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Borscht, the Elixer of Soups; Brown Bread with Watermelon Radishes

The snow fell in colors of white and silver. White by day in big fluffy snow flakes, keeping all the neighbor kids out of school and silver by night in sleet and icy rain, keeping all the adults grounded in … Continue reading

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Blue Corn Bread with Pine Nuts

I have made cornbread six times in the last two weeks and I thought I was going to say “this is my last corn bread for a while” But, I know it’s not. I made two cornbread pans with an … 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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White Bean Chili, Buttermilk Cornbread Keeps Up the Pace

Pace Picante Sauce sent me two jars of picante sauce. I agreed to try both jars, and give my honest opinion and create a worthy recipe. One reason that I agreed to this is that I never had used Pace … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Get Healthy with Integrity in 2010 and Seared Scallop Salad

Today is Saturday and for ten weeks this means, some 10 in 10 business, my goals, hopes, dreams and responsibilities. That means creating for you and me a healthy recipe that is delicious, doable. Notice that word “responsibility.” I intentionally … Continue reading

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Cashew

You can’t go wrong with Brussels Sprouts as long as you follow one piece of advice. Ready… Roast, do not boil. That’s it. That is my secret and I promise you that they will be one of the favorite holiday … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Spinach Soup with Crostini and a little Spinach 101

This recipe was  part of the cooking curriculum for  a cook along group that cooked mostly from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classical Italian Cooking.  I’m Popeye the Sailor Man I’m Popeye the Sailor Man I’m strong to the finich Cause … Continue reading

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Purple Food: Not So Naked Roasted Quinoa

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. Roasting or toasting quinoa continues to be my favorite way … Continue reading

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Spicy Maple Roasted Apple Soup

I like to make creamy soups with fall flavors. Earlier this year I made a nutty carrot soup and a pumpkin carrot curry soup. These are the kind of soups that deliver a particular taste profile that whisks you into … Continue reading

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Whisk Wednesday: Gazpacho From My Garden

I put this off a bit, thinking this was not a big deal recipe as it was an August selection for Whisk Wednesday, cooking from Le Cordon Bleu at Home. And, it’s not a big deal as far preparation. Very … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Arrosticini Abruzzesi – Skewered Marinated Lamb Tidbits

Today we visit Abruzzo, and prepare a dish the shepherd’s made on their outside campfire. Looking at the boot, Abruzzo is the lower half in central Italy. Lamb is the signature meat of this region. This is yet another simple … Continue reading

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Purple Cauliflower Parties On

This is part of my purple food series, I began last week, where I wrote about why purple food should be on your plate frequently. If it was only JUST good for you, I would not talk about it. If … Continue reading

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Purple Lime-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

How pretty are these purple fries? And, the best news aside from being on one of those healthy purple foods I talked about here, they are roasted, not fried and they are smacking good. Usually, when your health is at … Continue reading

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Pick a Peck of Purple Foods

I started noticing how much I’m drawn to purple food when I eyed my first purple sweet potato just a few weeks ago at Whole Foods. I then started researching purple food just because I was curious (and google makes … Continue reading

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Recession Delicious – Italian Ground Beef, Peas and Onions and the Three Things Food Bloggers Avoid Discussing

Yesterday, I stumbled upon a video of a 91-year old Italian-American grandmother, cooking pasta and peas just the way her mother cooked them nearly every night for her family during the depression. She used an onion, a potato, and a … Continue reading

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Insalata Caprese Recipe Showdown

I am intrigued with the simplicity and popularity of insalata Caprese. Everyone seems to love it, especially D.C. If it’s on the menu, he orders it, no matter what. I often say I like “bright, clean” food, which may seem … Continue reading

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Spring Chicken Parmesan

I know today is the first day of summer, and I’m a little late bringing you my springtime version of chicken parmigiana or what we americans refer to as chicken parmesan. Some years ago I stopped frying food (exception last … Continue reading

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Carmella’s Asparagus with Poached Egg

I first saw an egg propped up on a row of asparagus at the table next to me on my last night in Rome two years ago. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that dish at the time, but … Continue reading

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Fresh Baby Limas Cooked Two Ways

Sitting in front of the menu not in the mood for a pear endive salad, passing over pumpkin gnocchi appetizer to make room for my main course pasta dish, but, still wanting some kind of starter, I do what I’ve … Continue reading

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Spring Peas with Poached Eggs

Fresh shelled peas, pancetta, and farm fresh poached eggs, perfect for any time of the day. The older I get, the less I want convenience. These hands that have mixed paints and plasters to arrange on walls or hand cut … Continue reading

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Grilled Watermelon with Seared Wild Scallops

The joy of publishing a food blog is that suddenly the right side of the brain grows much larger than the left side and moving in the kitchen becomes increasingly fun and playful. My right hemisphere told me to grill … Continue reading

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Roasted Golden Beets

When most people think of beets, they think of red beets. The expression,”she turned beet red makes perfect sense.” You never hear anyone say, “beet gold when describing something yellow.” Golden beets are not as common as red beets, and, … Continue reading

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Bean Soup with Bacon and Crunchy Rice

This might be the best bean soup you have ever eaten because there is a surprise crunch that packs big flavor. This is an Italian inspired bean soup. You can be sure of that. Cannellini beans, arborio rice, pecorino cheese, … Continue reading

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Grilled Halibut with Tomato Mango Salsa

Today our lunch looks just like the weather. It’s a happy day and a happy meal that is not just good for you, but over the top in flavors that burst in your mouth, the same way the sun burst … Continue reading

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Broccoli Basil Soup

Finest Foodie Friday – Today, I was blessed enough to be named as one of the selected food blogs from the foodie blog roll, an honor since there are over 3800 blogs. You can read more about the Foodie Blog … Continue reading

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Green Beans Salad with Pears and Citrus Vinaigrette

I received an email yesterday that said, “you must be cooking up a storm for Easter.” Surprisingly, no, we were invited to a friend’s house, and I’m only bringing the coconut cupcakes and a green salad. I am always asked … Continue reading

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Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Almond Oat Crust

I am forever searching for ways to serve an elegant dessert that is not too heavy, not too sugary, and does have healthful, sensible goodness. A tart shell made mostly with oats and nuts, and a strawberry rhubarb fruit filling … Continue reading

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Toasted Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes for Blogger Aid

My passion for healthy, whole food is only equalled by my compassion for those who are hungry, and may not have that same opportunity to choose three healthy meals a day. I never take it for granted, and in my … Continue reading

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Grouper with Fennel en Papillote

Grouper with Fennel en Papillote is a wonderfully elegant fish dish. I made this dish when I was doing a lot of cooking from Le Cordon Bleu at Home. I started Spinach Tiger to bring to life my modern approach … Continue reading

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Inauguration Salad – Arugula, Fruit and a Confetti of White Chocolate

Today, the whole country was a bit giddy watching the inauguration and googling all things inaugural. It was reported that the most viewed page on the inaugural website was the “recipe” page. I say “hooray” to that. The American people … Continue reading

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Potato Encrusted Flounder, a New Fish and Chips

Growing up an hour from Baltimore, how could I not love fish. baked, broiled, grilled or fried. My family’s idea of take-out was a Friday night trip to the Farmer’s Market for a stop at the fish stand, ordering fried … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Stacks on Crispy Quinoa Pancake

Keenwhat? That’s how I felt the first time I was introduced to quinoa (pronounced keenwah). It took me a while to know how to pronounce it and even longer to be willing to try it in my own kitchen. I’ve … Continue reading

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Fruity Nutty Carrot Soup

The Christmas decorations were still staring at me, along with a few extra pounds and some left over fruit from all the festivities. My body was screaming for fruits and vegetables and, with several gloomy days in a row, my … Continue reading

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