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Sugared Cranberries–the perfect garnish for cocktails, desserts and even savory Holiday dishes

Sugared CranberriesThis time of year, I get cranberries on the brain. I LOVE cranberries. (And did you know, they’re aphrodisiac!) Each year, a friend from the Plymouth area–that’s right, like the Pilgrims–sends me berries from their family’s bogs and I try to play with every conceivable thing I can think of to do with these oddly tart, slightly bitter fruits. This year, I tried coating them in syrup and rolling them in sugar to make Sugared Cranberries. Read more

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Recipe for Gnudi, the Naked Ravioli

gnudi--the naked ravioli

Homemade pasta was never easier

by Amy Reiley

In Tuscany, where it came into its original popularity, gnudi means “naked,” which just may make it the sexiest Italian dish of them all. It is basically the stuffing of a ravioli and it is, incidentally, sometimes referred to as Naked Ravioli. We love it not only for the suggestive name but because this recipe for gnudi makes a homemade pasta night not only easy but low carb. Light, simple and slightly exotic, gnudi might be a perfect date night meal. Read more

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Barley Risotto with Apples and Parmesan

barley apple risottoThis recipe comes from our regular contributor Annette Tomei. In addition to offering us some great wine recommendations, Annette is a trained chef and cooking instructor. Although she creates recipes for clients all the time, this barley risotto is one she made for herself. It’s her way of enjoying risotto on a healthy diet.

Swapping out arborio for barley also gives the risotto a unique texture and greater depth of flavor. Read more

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Grilled Watermelon Salad with Baby Arugula and Goat Cheese salad

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese

Perfect end-of-summer flavor

A big thanks goes out to Chef Eric Finney of the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. His grilled watermelon salad may be our new favorite dish. It’s definitely our last hurrah of summer. It features watermelon, one of the world’s most interesting aphrodisiacs. (Watermelon is also one of our 10 best foods for men. Read more

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Grilled Summer Fruit–the healthy way to do dessert from The Oaks at Ojai

easy grilled summer fruit recipe from The Oaks at Ojai

An easy guide to serving fruits of passion

This recipe comes to us from The Oaks at Ojai spa in Ojai, California. The Oaks is noted for incorporating healthy, local, seasonal ingredients into its menus. Here their health-conscious culinary team take the essence of summer and transform it into a succulent dessert. They do it not with the addition of extra ingredients but through the magic of grilling. Read more