gluten-free (or not) rosemary parmesan shortbread crackers

When you hear shortbread, you think cookies. Right? Not what we have here. These delicate savory shortbread crackers are anything but sweet. They are packed full of buttery goodness with definite hints of parmesan and rosemary. And how awesome is it that they are totally amazing whether they are gluten-free or not?

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ina garten’s deep dish apple pie

What we have here is good old-fashioned apple pie. Not your average apple pie. This one isn’t loaded with the flavor of cinnamon. Of course, there’s a bit of cinnamon in the mix along with nutmeg and allspice. The difference here is the surprising hint of citrus. Yes, citrus! It is refreshing and so well-paired

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chicken escarole soup with egg & pasta

Stracciatella alla romana is the egg drop soup of Italian cooking. It typically starts with a rich chicken broth, into which a beaten mixture of whole eggs and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano is streamed in to form tiny, light, and flavorful clouds. The texture and flavor of that soup is wonderful. So wonderful that it inspired me

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gluten-free (or-not) authentic eggplant parmesan

Parmigiana di Melanzane. A truly classic Italian dish that seems to have originated in Naples in the early 1800’s. This version is authentic but not typical. After all, this one is gluten-free. And still totally delicious. That’s not to say it must be gluten-free …a quick switch of flour will give you the freedom to choose.

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einkorn flour cookies with olive oil & wine

These not-too-sweet cookies remind me of taralli, those wonderful Italian bagel-shaped dough rings. Traditionally, when making taralli the formed dough is first boiled then baked. That process makes them crispy and shiny. For now, we’ll stick with just baking these treats. The dough is a bit different since we are using Einkorn flour made from

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pane bianco

The literal translation of Pane Bianco is white bread. But don’t let that simplistic definition fool you. This is no ordinary white bread. It is light and airy with a porous interior. Reminds me of focaccia, only softer. Packed with flavor. Especially when you’re talking about this version.

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make-ahead roast beef roll-ups with horseradish spread

I’m always looking for ideas for tasty foods that can be put together in advance. This is just one of those. The prepared wraps can be stored in the refrigerator for several days before slicing and serving. And, get this …they can be frozen! C’mon, folks. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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authentic whole-grain mustard

Who would ever think that making your own mustard is easy? We’re not talking about any old mustard here. This one is full of flavor and texture. And you can totally customize it to suit your family’s preferences.

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