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Posts tagged “Italian

Marinated Havarti Cheese

Marinated Havarti Cheese with Tarragon & Dill ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #appetizer #recipe

with Tarragon & Dill Years and years ago, my friend Justine from Full Belly Sisters posted her recipe for marinated cheese. I was intrigued by the recipe and I wanted to try it, but it took me a while before I actually did. I decided, one year, to give my coworkers on my team all […]


Easy Baked Green Bean Fries

Easy Baked Green Bean Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #baked #appetizer #recipe

Last week I got a totally unexpected text from a coworker … she had just visited her parents’ garden and they had a big surplus of green beans and she was wondering if I wanted some.  “Oh yes!”  I responded, telling her I wanted to make green bean fries.  (In my mind, I was thinking […]


Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs

Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #meatballs #recipe

Adapted from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice Real meatballs enhanced with creamy ricotta cheese, sharp parmesan, earthy mushrooms, a bit of spinach and some Italian seasonings, bathed in a nice marinara. Serve over zoodles or spaghetti for a comforting, homemade meal. After I made those vegetarian mushroom “meatballs”, that got me thinking about meatballs … […]


Baked Butternut Brown Rice Risotto

Fresh sage and Asiago cheese really balance out the sweetness of the squash and the brown rice gives it a nutty taste, creating a savory, comforting, creamy rice dish that I just want to snuggle up with as the chill of December settles upon us. This risotto is baked to simplify the process … there’s just […]


The Best Eggplant Parmesan (Gluten Free!)

The BEST Eggplant Parmesan (gluten free) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #GF #Eggplant #Parmegiana #

I am guessing you probably hear claims of “the best” this or that recipe all over the interwebs … so perhaps you might be asking what right have I to claim that THIS one is the best? … what is it that makes THIS eggplant parmesan so special? It’s simply that it’s saucy, yet crispy and crunchy […]


Italian Garlic Bread Crisps

Italian Garlic Bread Crisps ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #crunchy #snack #recipe

There’s an annual event that several of my yoga friends and I do together once or twice a year. We call it “Wine & Design” and it involves, yes, wine, but also lots of local artists … and they convinced me years ago that I needed to do the food. The first year my food […]


Sausage & Kale Frittata

Sausage & Kale Frittata ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Sausage #Kale #Breakfast #Recipe

Last weekend I wanted a frittata. A healthy egg-y breakfast with cheese and vegetables … plus I had some leftover cooked breakfast sausage in my fridge that I decided to toss in. The flavor of the sausage with the kale and egg and cheese was magnificent. My stomach was pleased. My taste buds were happy. There […]


Zucchini Chanterelle Brown Rice Risotto

A creamy, nutty, comforting risotto that is much easier to make than traditional risotto … the rice is baked in the oven, rather than cooked on the stovetop with constant stirring like traditional risotto. This risotto is finished with about 5 minutes of stirring stovetop,  which brings out the starches from the rice and makes that […]


Tomato Basil Upside Down Focaccia

Tomato Basil Upside Down Focaccia ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheesy #onion #tomato #focaccia #recipe

Inspired by Ally’s Kitchen Think bruschetta baked right into focaccia … with cheese and sauteed onion. It’s a little like a pizza, but in an upside-down cake sort of way. It’s a delightful savory, yeasted upside down cake with focaccia stepping in to replace the cake batter. It could be a show-stealing appetizer, a snack, […]


Crunchy Cheesy Italian Eggplant Fries (Baked)

Crunchy Cheesy Italian Eggplant Fries - Baked! Sumptuous Spoonfuls #eggplant #appetizer #snack #recipe

Last weekend I made up a batch of these yummy crunchy baked eggplant fries and I spent the week enjoying them for lunches and snacks … I ate them plain, I dipped them in some homemade salsa and also in some garlicky Greek Tzatziki sauce that I made with one of the cucumbers from my […]


Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lasagna #stuffed #mushrooms #lowcarb #recipe

Mushrooms are such a perfect vessel to hold bits of deliciousness. I am not sure exactly where I saw this idea … it was somewhere in the blogosphere, a brilliant idea from one of the foodie ninjas that I know. Once I saw it, I just HAD to try it, and I was so pleased with […]


Italian Spinach Mushroom Baked Eggs

Italian Spinach Mushroom Baked Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #breakfast #recipe

A simple healthy breakfast for mushroom lovers.  I made this breakfast because I am embracing my love for mushrooms and letting it go wild with ideas. If you are a mushroom hater (or allergic to mushrooms!), please go elsewhere. This post is not for you. For me, blogging happens in bits and pieces. First, I get […]


Spinach Bolognese Baked Eggs

Spinach Bolognese Baked Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #healthy #breakfast #dinner #recipe

An easy, protein-rich and vitamin packed breakfast that fuels you up for whatever your morning might bring you. It’s meaty (if you use the Bolognese sauce) or vegetarian (if you use a veggie pasta sauce) and can be made gluten free (just make sure to use a gluten free pasta sauce). It’s comforting and warm and makes […]


Rosemary Plum Italian Cream Sodas

Rosemary Plum Italian Cream Sodas ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #Italian #soda #recipe

A creamy, bubbly, fruity homemade soda that is perfect for folks of any age. Children will go wild over these, adults can slip a little vodka or other alcohol of their choice in there. It’s a little colorful, swirly magic with a flavor that makes your taste buds sing. I know it’s October and it’s late […]


Bacon Spinach Wild Mushroom Risotto

Bacon Spinach Wild Mushroom Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Italian #risotto #recipe

A wonderfully creamy, cheesy risotto (Italian rice) with bits of bacon, onion, bell pepper and spinach intertwined. The flavors blend so perfectly. I know, I’ve not been posting recipes much lately … you guys, I’ve been seriously distracted. Not much distracts me from food … but I have a couple things in my life lately that have […]


Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes

Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #tomato #recipe

Inspired by Cooking on a Budget As soon as I saw these cheese-stuffed tomatoes from Cooking on a Budget, I knew I had to try them. And today turned out to be the most opportune time for it. Today I had to drive 5 hours to retrieve my daughter. I am fortunate that her friend’s mom […]


Eggplant & Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Eggplant & Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #tomato #appetizer #recipe

Bruschetta is one of my very favorite summertime snacks (or rather, meals. as a few of these little toasts is a complete meal for me). I make bruschetta as soon as I have a couple freshly ripe tomatoes from the garden and then over and over and over again throughout the late summer tomato season, savoring […]


Wild Mushroom & Sausage White Pizza

Wild Mushroom & Sausage White Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #pizza #recipe

with Rachael Ray’s Pizza Crust (adapted for the bread machine) Have you ever had a white pizza?  The first time I encountered a white pizza, I have to admit I was a little befuddled. Growing up in middle America where pizza equated to Domino’s or Pizza Hut … or,  if you’re going with the frozen […]


Spinach Mushroom Ravioli w/Mushroom Cream Sauce

Spinach Mushroom Ravioli with Dreamy Mushroom Cream Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #wonton #ravioli #recipe

Ricotta cheese, mushrooms, spinach, asiago cheese, pesto and herbs make a soft creamy filling for these delicate little pillows of pasta, which I topped with a super-dreamy cream sauce with cream cheese and Asiago, garlic and sauteed mushrooms. It’s a dish made in heaven for mushroom lovers. I think my best recipe creations come from […]


Roasted Garlic Feta Asparagus

Roasted Garlic Feta Asparagus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fabulous #easy #sidedish #recipe

I’m sooo excited that it is finally asparagus season! My mom and dad came down for my daughter’s choir concert and brought me a bag of asparagus. I am in heaven. I so look forward to this season every year because I absolutely love asparagus, but I have not found a way to preserve it […]


Smoky Romesco Mini Cheese Balls

Smoky Romesco Mini Cheese Balls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #redpepper #spicy #cheeseball #appetizer #recipe

Have you ever accidentally clicked the “Publish” button before you were ready to publish the recipe … that is what happened tonight so now I’m in a big panic to get this post polished before most of you see it. It’s kind of like sending out the email to an important client without the attachment. […]


Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #garlic #cheese #bread #recipe

Adapted slightly from Baked by Rachel  To go with our perfect Easter ham this year, I made this yummy garlicky pull-apart bread. I found this gorgeous recipe over at Baked by Rachel and just HAD to add cheese, because, well, what’s better than a good cheesy garlic bread? It turned out just as delicious as I had hoped. We […]


Blueberry Poached Pear Salad

Blueberry Poached Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese & a Raspberry Malbec Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #gourmet #pear #salad #recipe

with blue cheese, candied walnuts and a raspberry malbec vinaigrette It’s still winter in my little corner of the world and today was a total chiller! Temperatures dropped back down below zero and I didn’t even want to look at the wind chill factor. When temps go down that low when I’m getting to the point when […]


Turkey Florentine Sandwich

Toasted Turkey Florentine Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #cheesy #grilled #turkey #sandwich with #spinach & #sundriedtomato

Let’s take a break from all the holiday goodies for a gosh awful good sandwich! A grilled turkey sandwich with melty Italian cheese, spinach, sundried tomato, cream cheese, Greek yogurt and garlic. I made this sandwich the first time as a way to use up some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, but it was so good, […]

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