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Made in the Nightshades: Ratatouille

RatatouilleWhen summer harvest is at its peak with tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini and peppers, ratatouille is your best friend. This easy, colorful dish is packed with vitamins and nutrients and also light and delicious. Add fresh herbs and garlic and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and simmer until it’s time for dinner. Serve it alongside bread or use it to fill an omelet or crepes. The ratatouille could be made one day in advance, kept covered and chilled, and reheated before serving.

 

Serves: 4

Corned Beef and Cabbage Slaw Sliders

Corned Beef Sliders with Cabbage Slaw

St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate by indulging in hearty food and drink with friends! One of my favorite Irish-American dishes is corned beef and cabbage. The traditional Irish version of corned beef called for bacon, but Irish-American immigrants in the late 19th century found beef to be less expensive than pork, so they swapped it out to create this hearty, salty delicious dish, which can easily be converted into a slider to make sharing easy! Make it a few days ahead, and serve it up on March 17 to celebrate this festive Irish holiday.

One Pot Roast Chicken and Vegetables

One Pot Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Busy week ahead? This roast chicken and vegetable dish takes very little preparation, everything is cooked in one pan and it will feed a family of four. This recipe calls for onions and carrots, but you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Many thanks to my friend Dora Jane Flesher for sharing it with me.

strawberry meringue with chantilly cream recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

When it comes to comfort food it’s hard to beat a chicken pot pie. I like to make the filling for the pie in my crock pot so I can spend the day working in the garden rather than the kitchen. At the end of the day the filling is ready to pour into a casserole dish, topped with a crust and baked into to a golden pie.

PekinDuck

Pekin Duck With Mandarin Sauce

Pekin duck sounds like a fancy dish, but it’s actually just as easy to prepare as chicken. Also known as Long Island duck, Pekin is the most common duck meat served in the U.S. This recipe uses a citrus-ginger sauce to flavor the duck. It’s a wonderful alternative to turkey or ham at holiday meals.