Grilled Aubergine, with Burrata, Balsamic, & Anchovy -159 cal

Okay, so in Canada, we call it eggplant but if you use the larger ones for this recipe, “Aubergine” just seems to suit it better. I was amazed at how the fresh burrata and sharp anchovies offset the dry (albeit balsamic soaked) aubergine. If you’re not into anchovy, that’s okay. Personally, I think you’re missing…

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Caprese Flatbread (450 Cal)

450 Calories I love caprese salads, in any of their multiple forms, from flat on a plate, stacked, pierced on a skewer, or even part of a cold pasta. But this version blends the trendy flatbread with the basic ingredients, all baked slightly into a tasty dish suitable for the main course. In fact, it…

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Feta Chicken Sausage with Grapes (322 Cal)

This Dad’s Diet dish is only 322 calories! Those who know me know that the Sausage and Grape dish is a staple. I discovered it while touring Italy a few years ago and though considered a staple comfort dish in the North of Italy, it seemed exotic here in the West. If you’ve never tasted…

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Chicken, Perogies & Polenta (left over gourmet)

Even chefs have leftovers. In fact, Artichoke Hart virtually lives off them. Once Al and the team have finished for the evening, he’ll often skip down to the huge fridge and drag out anything in plastic containers, or covered in surface wrap. This one is made up of a few straggler perogies, a small baggie…

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Sausage in Red Wine

Once again, Artichoke Hart found himself with an excess of non-drinkable red wine. And so, searching for recipes that utilized other excess-purchased products–like sausage–he came across this simple dish that was perfect for a late afternoon barbeque on the terrace at the Complex in Oswego. (New York Fried, Sunao Publishing). Though simple, if patient with…

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Cherry Tomato Pasta

Even though we’re all supposed to stay home during the COVID crisis, a quick drive out to the country seemed feasible when the sun first came out. I found a responsible farm not far from home that was selling their produce, plants and flowers. I picked up some flowers to freshen up the dining room…

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Balsamic Chicken with Figs and Onion with Mashed Cauliflower

One thing Young Oppenheimer had in ready supply at his Oswego Grocery Consortium was figs… lots of fresh figs. (New York Fried, Copyright 2019 Sunao Publishing). As a result, Artichoke Hart created several dishes using the sweet fruit. One hit was this one, especially when combined with cauliflower mashed. Cauliflower being the “hot” ingredient at…

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Roasted Sausages & Grapes

  This is actually not a gourmet dish but rather a staple, comfort food example from Tuscany.  Popular at grape harvest, Italians use grapes right from the vineyard. It has a nice balance of richness with sweetness that is pulled together by balsamic vinegar. My kids loved this dish when I discovered it about 25…

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Honey roasted Rhubarb, Walnut, rocket and Feta Salad

When fresh Rhubarb arrives, my cooking brain insists that I make something. Since I’m not much of a dessert eater (I know, hard to believe from a cook), I look for side plates, appetizers, cocktail accompaniments, etc. This one is a true marvel since the honey, thyme and feta offset the sharp tangy taste of…

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