easy recipes for everyday meals

Baked Ham with Pineapple-Mint Chutney

Baked Ham with Pineapple-Mint Chutney

A fully cooked baked ham is perhaps one of the easiest entrées you can prepare for a crowd, and with a little information about the different varieties and a few cooking tips, you can be certain that yours will turn out deliciously moist and tender.

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Chicken with Tarragon-Mustard Cream Sauce

Chicken with Tarragon-Mustard Cream Sauce

The flavor of tarragon is uniquely fragrant and delicate, and when combined with white wine and a bit of cream, it makes a deliciously simple pan sauce for chicken. Serve with Egg Noodles with Peas and Parsley (recipe included) for a fast, yet elegant meal.

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Italian Ricotta Pie

Italian Ricotta Pie

This wonderful Italian-style cheesecake has a rich, buttery tart crust and a lightly sweetened ricotta filling that's delicately flavored with fresh orange zest and lemon and vanilla extracts. It's the perfect finish for a spring dinner party or Easter celebration.

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Herb Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

Herb Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

Inspired by traditional Italian Easter celebrations, this succulent boneless leg of lamb is richly seasoned from the inside out with a flavorful rub made with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and fresh rosemary, thyme and parsley.

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Our Favorite Carrot Cake

Our Favorite Carrot Cake

This is our absolute favorite recipe for carrot cake for several reasons. First, because we've cut back on the sugar a bit and replaced some of the fat with unsweetened applesauce and reduced-fat sour cream, we feel just a teeny bit less guilty when we eat it. We've also added extra spices and vanilla along with spiced rum-soaked raisins - another favorite of ours. You can easily replace the rum with water, but if, like us, you like idea of spiked raisins, give them a try in your next batch of oatmeal cookies or stirred into some rice pudding.

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Chunky Mixed Olive Tapenade

Chunky Mixed Olive Tapenade

This bold but simple combination of black and green olives, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon, crushed red pepper and fresh parsley spooned onto toasty slices of baguette makes a rustic, easy starter for a casual dinner. Try serving it alongside our Sicilian Lemon Dip as the two really make a delicious pairing.

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Matzo (Matzah) Ball Soup

Matzo (Matzah) Ball Soup

Simmered with some aromatic vegetables in a flavorful homemade chicken stock, matzo balls are delicious little dumplings made from matzo meal, egg whites, chicken fat and parsley. Matzo ball soup is a traditional and much-loved part of the Passover Seder, and a treat for chicken soup lovers any time of year.

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Sicilian Lemon Dip

Sicilian Lemon Dip

This tart and tangy combination of fresh lemon, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and red pepper flakes is a delicious dip for crusty Italian bread or spooned onto thin slices of toasted baguette. It goes really well with our Chunky Mixed Olive Tapenade and the pair make a great, easy-to-make start to a Mediterranean-style dinner.

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