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Italian White Bean Dip with White Truffle Oil

One of my favorite light snacks is hummus with quality crackers. Smooth, a little spicy and very flavorful, this healthful spread made of chickpeas, tahini, citrus juice, olive oil and spices goes beautifully on bread, crackers, vegetables and works just … Continue reading

10. April 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Healthful Eating, Hors d’oeuvres, Spreads, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Porcini Pomodoro

A classic favorite of Italian American cooking, spaghetti and meatballs is among nearly everyone’s favorite foods. While only containing three essential components – spaghetti noodles, a rich salsa di pomodoro and meatballs – the balance of texture and flavors makes … Continue reading

02. April 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Entree, Healthful Eating, Meat, Pasta | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rosewater Orange Madeline Cookies

A perfect treat for tea or afternoon snacks, the Madeline is the quintessential American idea of a French café cookie, though they originated in Commercy and Liverdun in the Lorraine region of France. Marcel Proust famously adored the petite cakes, … Continue reading

30. March 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Cookies, Shaped Cookies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

Seafood Paella

Of all the dishes to make for company, very few are as beautiful, impressive or delicious as seafood paella. Conveniently simple to make, this Spanish dish is fantastic for dinner parties among close friends: with a short list of simple … Continue reading

26. March 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Entree, Fish and Seafood, Healthful Eating | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

Chocolate Orange Irish Soda Bread

When I was a child, my grandmother would make Irish soda bread, equally good warm from the oven as toasted with butter the next day. A quick bread, this recipe has only a handful of ingredients and comes together quickly. … Continue reading

13. March 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Bread | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Roasted Panzanella

With bread prevalent at nearly any meal, there is one common use for which it goes strangely under the radar in America: as an ingredient in salad. In Italy, cubed stale bread tossed with tomatoes, greens, onions and olive oil becomes … Continue reading

12. March 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Entree, Healthful Eating, Hors d’oeuvres, Salad, Side Dish, Uncategorized, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

Sausage and Mushroom Deep Dish Pizza

Now that Spring approaches, I realize that 2012 will be a busy year. So busy recently, that I have clearly neglected my cooking and writing due to my “real job.” I do have several delicious recipes photographed, but that’s about … Continue reading

10. March 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Entree, Meat | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tarte Tatin

While I claimed on my most recent dessert post that crème brûlée was my absolute favorite, I must admit that it’s nearly a tie with apple pie. Warm, with melting vanilla ice cream to add creamy, sweet richness to the tart … Continue reading

19. January 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Dessert, Pastry, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shrimp Stir Fry with Quinoa

For the New Year, one of my goals is to get back into the habit of healthful eating that I eschewed for a holiday season full of sweets and rich foods. The thought of light dishes relying on fresh vegetables and … Continue reading

06. January 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Entree, Fish and Seafood, Healthful Eating | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 3 comments

Turkey Chili

This recipe came together the first winter after I moved out of my parents’ house in a suburb of Seattle to the city proper. Living with four other people in a large house, we liked taking the time to eat … Continue reading

04. January 2012 by Matt Jackson
Categories: Entree, Healthful Eating, Poultry, Soup | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 comments

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