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Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Gnocchi are Italian boiled potato dumplings, served with a variety of sauces. It can be a tomato, pesto or just melted butter with the addition of parmesan, garlic and various herbs. I made gnocchi with fresh homemade tomato sauce sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Those who like spicy food can add hot pepper into the tomato sauce. This sauce can...
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Tajine

A tajine is a clay dish with thick walls and a large conical lid. In a tajin you can cook different dishes  such as chicken with dates, apricots, prunes, raisins, figs, olives, pickled lemons, or, as fish dishes, meat (lamb, pork or beef) and vegetables such as potatoes get very tasty with tomatoes or beans, peas, carrots, bell peppers,...
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Asparagus

My family didn’t grow asparagus when I was a child since it wasn’t popular in Ukraine as food and where it was grown, it was used in bouquets. It took me a time to acquire a taste and to enjoy this vegetable, but after I began to plant and raise it in my garden.
Asparagus grows in most any soil as...
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Crêpes

Crêpes are thin pancakes, cooked with milk and without yeast that are especially popular in France. Dough for crêpes must rest 6 hours or more, so prepare the batter in the morning or if you are planning to make them for breakfast, prepare the batter in the evening and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Usually I make a cake...
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What’s in season. March.

It might be starting to really feel like springtime in March, but in the northern US it’s still a little chilly (we even had snow today!). The ground is still very cold and snow covered, but for those who have gardens that have already been planted the first seedlings should begin sprouting. You'll soon start to see vegetables like...
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Rabbit with Herbs and White Wine

Delicate rabbit meat in excellent sauce, with a pleasant aroma of herbs. If you don't have access to rabbit, you can substitute with chicken but try  and find rabbit! Better to use fresh herbs, but you can try dry also. Simple and delicious Italian recipe....
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