Author Archives: Helena Spensatelli

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

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Ok, let’s take a really healthy salad and cover it in a not so healthy salad dressing. Truthfully, I don’t make this salad often but every time I do I just love it. I don’t even feel guilty when I … Continue reading

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Heirloom Tomato Tart with Black Pepper Parmesan Crust

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Tomatoes are in season! If you’re not growing your own tomatoes, you can find so many varieties now in the grocery store or at your local farmer’s market. Such a versatile fruit, yes it’s a fruit! There are so many … Continue reading

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Honey Soy Chicken Wings

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Who doesn’t love chicken wings?! These Honey Soy Chicken Wings are both sweet and savory. I love the flavor combination of the cilantro, lemon and ginger. Yummy! INGREDIENTS 2 lb Chicken Wings and/or Drumettes 1 cup Soy Sauce (I like … Continue reading

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Avocado Egg Rolls with Cilantro Sauce

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You may want to double this recipe… these are delicious and they go fast! I had these egg rolls at The Cheesecake Factory and fell in love with the Cilantro Sauce. It’s so creamy and delicious. I just had to … Continue reading

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Candy Easter Eggs!

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Every year around Easter time my step-mom used to make candy Easter eggs. She would make different flavors, such as; vanilla, walnut, coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate. I love all the flavors. I especially like using black walnuts for the … Continue reading

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Potato Pancakes – Austrian style!

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The other day when I posted the Palacinky recipe, my mother (Jo) was very touched and happy. Not only was I sharing a recipe of her mothers (Helen – my Grandmother), but I was also bringing back some of her … Continue reading

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Homemade Tomato Soup – in just 20 minutes!!

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Bought some gorgeous tomatoes at the Farmers Market and immediately knew I was going to make soup with them. I also had one Heirloom tomato who was past its prime, but knew it would be a fine flavor addition to … Continue reading

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Do you like “Peeps”? Here’s my homemade version of “Bunnies” with fresh Vanilla Bean Marshmallows. Yum!

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These are the BEST marshmallows I’ve ever had… if I must say so myself! I had to stop myself from eating them. They are so light and fluffy. I have wanted to make marshmallows for a long time. But the … Continue reading

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Meatloaf – a definite comfort food in this house!

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I love meatloaf. I especially love it as leftovers for sandwiches, so I always make extra. I never follow a recipe for making meatloaf.  That’s the great thing about it; if you don’t have something on the ingredient list, just … Continue reading

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Pasta ~ It’s what’s for breakfast!

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  When we were in Hawaii last year I noticed that they served rice with most dishes, even breakfast!  I’ve always been a lover of rice, especially with a little butter and Parmesan, but used to think of rice as … Continue reading

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Cheese Making in my own kitchen!

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I love making cheese. If you love cheese, are a foodie, and have never done this before, I highly recommend it. I always get satisfaction when the milk starts to curdle and then coagulate, turning into cheese. I usually make fresh mozzarella … Continue reading

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Cheesy Croutons

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This soup is healthy and delicious. You can easily control the fat content of this soup by using low fat or nonfat milk in the recipe or if you want to make it richer you can use half and half … Continue reading

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Stuffed Artichoke

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Artichokes are so delicious. This recipe can be adapted so easily. I used shrimp in my stuffing, but you could use crab (yummy) or you don’t have to use any seafood at all. You could use mushrooms and green peppers … Continue reading

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