Italian Meatballs

These meatballs are light and tender, using just the right balance of meat, cheese, egg, and breadcrumbs. But what makes them so delicious is the fresh parsley, so don’t skip it and don’t substitute it! Not unless you really, really have to šŸ˜‰ Serve these any way you like–with spaghetti and tomato sauce, mashed up into lasagna, with gravy, enveloped in a red wine sauce, formed into a patty for a burger, or my personal favorite, broken up into pasta Alfredo.

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Salmon with Wine, Leeks, and Garlic

As its creator Wini Moranville puts it, “With mellow leeks, garlic, and wine to infuse the fish with flavor, and the barest touch of cream to finish the sauce, this dish tastes and feels like elegant classic French fare, but it’s pleasantly light on its feet.”

This dish is incredibly simple yet satisfying with wonderfully sophisticated flavor. As the fish cooks in the sauce, it creates its own stock and the combination of wine and fresh herbs brings a beautiful, refreshing element.

This is one of those meals that you can pull together in the time it takes for the rice to cook; perfect for a weeknight or, perhaps, the weekend with a little tomato and goat cheese crostini to start and some dessert for later šŸ˜‰

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Sweet Potato Latkes

These latkes are light, crisp, and just sweet enough, using a combination of Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onion. If you’ve never had latkes, especially if you’re a potato lover and extra especially if you’re a hash brown lover, you absolutely must try these. Even if you dislike sweet potato (which I always have), you have to try this recipe. It’s nothing like mushed up sweet potato that someone probably threw some extra sugar into along with cinnamon and nutmeg, as if you’re about to eat dessert or pumpkin pie. Seriously…give these a shot šŸ˜‰

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Simple Italian “Stir Fry”

With just the right balance of sweetness and acidity, this easy meal will take you directly past your fill. Using one pan to cook the rice (unless using leftovers, which makes for an even easier meal!) and another to saute the chicken and “stir fry” the tomatoes and rice, you’re left with a quick cleanup and more time to enjoy each other’s company and, perhaps, a little bite of dessert in front of the television…

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