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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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Cranberry Persimmon Salsa Recipe

cranberry persimmon salsaWe tasted this recipe at the acclaimed Baja spa Rancho La Puerta and knew we had to share this sexy, seasonal twist on a Latin classic. It’s brilliant with tacos of every kind and works well as a healthy sauce or topping for grilled meats, grilled fish and shrimp. The recipe was sent to us with this comment and a couple key tips, “On Rancho La Puerta’s organic farm, they cultivate the squat persimmons known as fuyu, which are ready in the fall. Read more

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Bison Bourguignon–the perfect weeknight stew recipe for wine lovers

Bison Bourguignon makes a perfect weeknight stew recipeAlthough this recipe is anything but traditional–bison and celery in Bourguignon (gasp! )–we think it is a healthy version of comfort food any wine lover will appreciate. It is a modern twist on a classic featuring the aphrodisiac and high-quality protein of wild game. This Bison Bourguignon is both a satisfying and easy recipe to whip up any weeknight either as a dinner for two or something nutritious to fill the whole family. 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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Vegan Banana Bread–an easy recipe for baking dairy-free

vegan banana bread recipeIt’s amazing what you can find surfing Instagram. We’ve found several ideas to inspire our recipe development but in this instance, we found a whole recipe! This Instagram find came from elyonlylyablolus, one of the authors of the blog Plaisir Vegan, a site dedicated to simple techniques for vegan cooking. Although the original recipe for this vegan banana bread calls for wheat flour, it also works well with rice flour to make a bread that’s both vegan and gluten free. We love this recipe not only for the scrumptious simplicity but because it stars banana. Read more