Braised Escarole with White Bean Vinaigrette

By guest chef, Cathi DiCocco A delicious whole foods dinner by restauranteur Cathi Dicocco. Cathi grew up cooking in her fathers Italian restaurant in upstate NY.  She is a hidden gem we found in the Maine woods. If you’re ever in Bethel, Maine, stop and visit  Cathi’s restaurant and market serves 4 To make the …

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Fabulous Fourth of July Grilling ideas from Toni Fiore

I love when people ask, “Hey what do vegetarians cook on the grill anyway? Veggie burgers, corn, fake hot dogs??” Well, since all we hear about for the entire week leading up the Fourth of July are the recipes, stories and suggestions for grilling hundreds of pounds of burgers, steaks, chicken and ribs (did I …

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Garlic, roasted on the grill

Roasting garlic produces a complete change in flavor, the “bite” of raw garlic magically turns into a mellow sweetness you have to try to believe! I often roast up to half a dozen garlic heads at a time. They keep well — a month or more in the fridge — and in my house, they …

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Tuscan White Beans and Greens Soup

Zuppa di Fagioli e Erbezzone as it’s known in Italy, is hearty and delicious. This recipe is courtesy of friend of the show and frequent guest chef, Cathi DiCocco. Makes 6 quarts Ingredients: 2 pounds fresh shelled cannellini beans OR 1 pound dried beans, soaked overnight & drained OR 3- 17oz. cans beans, rinsed & …

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Fruit Chutney

Cathi Dicocco’s Fruit Chutney Chutney is a wonderful way to use and preserve fruit when it’s plentiful and in season. This recipe shows you how easy to make and how truly delicious homemade chutney can be. You’ll love the mouth watering aromas and the special complement this chutney is to just about anything you serve …

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Cathi’s Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Cathi Dicocco’s Oven-Dried Tomatoes These tomato gems are sweet, delicious, and a snap to make. Oven drying enhances the sweetness while preserving tomatoes at a time when they’re abundantly in season and affordable. You can also do this with cherry tomatoes and you don’t even need to scoop out the innards – Sungolds work well …

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