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caprese_final

All the elements of a classic caprese salad in an appetizer!  I actually wanted to call this “Caprese on a Stick” but thought that really wasn’t quite nice enough for this little appetizer. Make these in advance if you like, but be sure to let them come to room temperature before serving. Much more flavorful that way.

For 20 appetizers, you will need:

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pizza_final

I know there are as many recipes for pizza and pizza crust as there are cooks. And I am in no way saying that I am anything like an authentic Italian cook. I just know what I like and what my family likes and we happen to really like this pizza. You may be thinking, “why would I want to go to all the trouble to make a pizza crust from scratch when I can just pick up the phone and order.” Well, for me, it’s just one of those I-want-to-know-I-can-do-it things. 

Also, I love working with yeast doughs. Years ago I used to make all our bread from scratch. There’s something just so satisfying about working that dough until it becomes a smooth, beautiful ball under your hands. Then the whole rising process, and the absolutely wonderful yeasty smell while it’s cooking. There’s not much better in the world than a slice of still warm bread with butter.  Keep reading…

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gnocchi_final1

Ever tried gnocchi? No? Know what they are? No? Well, give this recipe just one try and you’ll always keep a package of gnocchi in your pantry for a very quick, very easy, very satisfying dinner. Actually gnocchi are little Italian potato dumplings. They’re made with steamed potatoes, flour and a little salt. That’s all. And if you want to give making homemade gnocchi a try, go for it! Let me know how it turns out. However, there’s a very good packaged gnocchi available in grocery stores under the Vigo brand name. You will find them in the same area with the instant mashed potatoes and boxed rice dishes. So, go grab a box and make a memorable dinner!

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