Entertaining, Holidays & Special Occasions

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 »
Vegetarian Sauce & Pasta (diabetes-friendly)
Karen Graham's kids actually prefer this pasta sauce made with peanut butter and sunflower seeds to the traditional meat-based sauce. Serve the sauce over corkscrew noodle (rotini pasta). For a change, try whole wheat macaroni or spaghetti. Add a salad on the side, and have fruit and yogurt for... More »
Three-Cheese Baked Penne & Roasted Vegetables Casserole
This is the type of make-ahead casserole we love, especially when there is a vegetarian in the gang we're feeding. Your family will love it too, and you can easily make it in two 9-inch (2.5 L) square baking dishes to freeze one and enjoy the other now. A crisp green salad goes well with the smooth... More »
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
A package of fresh tortellini or other cheese-filled pasta makes this a satisfying soup the whole family will enjoy. Adding the baby spinach at the end gives it a fresh-from-the-garden flavor. So easy, so delicious! More »
Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Bulgur-Laced Meatballs
Here’s an updated version of a great comfort food dish that maintains every bit of flavor while transitioning to healthier status. Substituting bulgur for some of the meat, using whole wheat rather than all-purpose flour to dredge the meatballs and serving the luscious sauce over whole-grain... More »
Winter Bisque (vegan)
Much more than a simple soup, this vegan bisque made with seasonal vegetables will delight your guests / family with its combination of subtle and pronounced flavors. More »
Caribbean Pumpkin Soup (diabetes-friendly)
'I love pumpkin soup and have tried many variations during my travels in the Caribbean. This version is based on a traditional recipe given to me by a lady from Antigua. I removed the potatoes to reduce the carbohydrate and the seasoning salt to reduce the sodium. The soup is meant to have a kick,... More »
Southwestern Chicken Chili
Make it a meal with a salad and crusty rolls. More »
Zesty Shrimp and Squash Vermicelli Soup
This one-pot dish pairs a little heat from chile peppers with the slightly sweet taste of butternut squash. Top that with shrimp and you have a flavorful, comforting dish. More »
Holy Mole Chili (vegetarian)
With its notes of cumin, cinnamon and chocolate playing off the gentle spices, this meatless chili combines the best of a mole sauce and a Cincinnati-style chili. Its rich body makes it a seriously satisfying dinner any night of the week. More »
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