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Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Leeks with Mint, Orange and Olive Vinaigrette from Diane Kochilas

  Diane Kochilas has written many award-winning cookbooks including Mediterranean Grilling in 2007. It’s a great book because it gives you new perspective on old friends. For example, the sweet potato. I know, it is almost fall, and we are already thinking ahead to holiday meal. We gather with friends and family and there is…

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Chicken with Marsala, Olives, and Blood Oranges from A Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry

When author Diana Henry wrote A Bird in the Hand she wanted her chicken dishes filling the plate with flavors from around the world. Her chicken is married Mediterranean style with Marsala, olives and blood oranges. The visual appeal of the dish is immediate and forceful. You’ll want to be the first to sample a…

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Olive Salad from The Lebanese Cookbook by Hussien Dekmak

In his new book The Lebanese Cookbook distinguished chef Hussien Dekmak presents a full spectrum of Lebanese dishes, from the light and quick for summer to the rich and nurtured for the winter. This lovely salad is one of those light, quick summery delights that abound in the book. If you love olives, this dish…

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Quail with Fried Pancetta and Olives from Nonna’s House by Jody Scaravella

  Tomorrow is the publication date for Nonna’s House by Jody Scaravella. Jody’s restaurant on Staten Island, Enoteca Maria, has a lovely twist. The chefs are all Italian-American grandmothers, ten of them, who rotate nightly in the Enoteca, preparing whatever inspires them that day. This book is a collection of recipes from this most talented…

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