Entertaining, Holidays & Special Occasions

Leek Risotto
Serve this simple risotto as an accompaniment to a meat course, such as plain roast chicken or grilled veal chops. When accompanied by a tossed green salad and some crusty rolls, it makes a wonderful springtime meal. More »
How to Decorate: Spring Umbrella and Raindrops Cookies
Spring showers and plump raindrops require a large and preferably fashionable umbrella to keep you dry. This chic design is perfect for beginners, requiring only some basic piping and flodding skills, but the impressive results will yield a downpour of compliments! Click on the below link to... More »
Barley Risotto with Asparagus and Lemon
Here, the bright flavors of lemon, basil and fresh asparagus play against the earthiness of barley and onions. This is an incredible dish, perfect for spring. More »
Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss
This recipe is simply beautiful, and beautifully simple to cook. I keep fresh ginger, green onions and peeled garlic on hand and a chicken breast in the freezer. Serve with rice, couscous or noodles. So good and so good for you! More »
Linguine with Lemon and Mint
The combination of lemon and mint is common in southern Italy, a legacy of the Moorish occupation, says author of 250 True Italian Dishes, John Coletta. Today mint is not widely used in cooking, but it’s a shame to waste it on garnishing drinks and desserts. It has a fragrant, distinctive flavor... More »
Penne with Vegetables and Aromatic Herbs
John Coletta, author of 250 True Italian Pasta Dishes, says he "likes to think of this pasta as a hot vegetable salad." It's the perfect recipe for Mother's Day or a casual get-together this spring! More »
Seafood Paella
The name "paella" comes from the wide, flat-bottomed pan paella is traditionally cooked and served in. If you don't have a paella pan, use the widest, flattest skillet you have. What a wonderful springtime dinner the whole family will love! More »
Spicy Orange, Ginger and Sesame Watercress (raw & gluten-free)
This is a light side dish that is packed full of flavor and nutrition. Watercress is an underused product that has a very positive nutritional profile. Chef Doug McNish, author of Eat Raw, Eat Well, loves how the flavors of the sweet orange, spicy cayenne and slightly bitter sesame seeds play on... More »
Kasha with Spring Vegetables
With its assortment of tender spring vegetables, this quick-to-the-table side dish is perfect any day of the week ~ it also makes a great vegetarian lunch and a fabulous addition to any spring feast! More »
Vegan French Herbed Strada
Delicate herbs of the French countryside come together to create a sophisticated and light-as-a-feather strata well suited for a springtime brunch. More »
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