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Mediterranean Chicken Skillet with tomatoes, olives, capers

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

Let me start out by saying I love these flavors! Oregano marinated chicken breasts, braised together with Mediterranean flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers, vine-ripened tomatoes and original Greek feta. This Mediterranean chicken skillet is an anytime kind of meal. It’s pure comfort food that’s light enough for a summer dinner. And this dish […]

green bean and cherry tomato salad recipe with capers, olives, anchovies, mozzarella, red onion

Mediterranean Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

This Mediterranean green bean and cherry tomato salad makes a great warm-weather side dish. It’s so quick and easy to prepare and full of fresh flavors. For a light meal, I like to serve it with some fresh crusty bread and a chilled bottle of rosé while I sit back and enjoy the summer sun. […]

Lentil Puttanesca recipe with red lentils, olives, capers, anchovies

Lentil Puttanesca Pasta

Lentil Puttanesca! Say what? Here’s the deal. It’s a quick and tasty pasta sauce made with red lentils, puréed tomatoes, garlic, shallots, herbs, chili a few more ingredients that bring it to a high level of flavor: anchovies, capers and olives. I can hear the disappointment. Anchovies! They are not vegan and certainly not vegetarian… […]

Orzo Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Red Pepper and Olives

Orzo Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Red Pepper and Olives

Summer was made for salads like this. Mediterranean salads such as this simple vegetarian orzo salad packed with light and fresh summery flavors. Sweet heirloom cherry tomatoes, garden fresh herbs, lemony undertones, French Niçoise olives marinated in flavorful oil with rosemary leaves, sweet pointed red pepper and some subtle heat and extra flavor from fresh […]

Caprese Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Olives, Spelt Noodles

Caprese Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Olives

I know that a caprese pasta salad isn’t exactly GROUNDBREAKING, but this one has gone a little gourmet. First of all it’s made with summers own peak-season, sweet and juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes, in an array of colors; yellow, orange and red. Then there’s plenty of fragrant basil and of course a caprese isn’t a […]

Mediterranean Chicken Marbella

Mediterranean Chicken Marbella

Taking inspiration from a classical French cooking plat du jour called “lapin aux pruneauxand” and one of most legendary dishes to ever to come out of The Silver Palate Cookbook in the 1980’s, this mediterranean chicken dish is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! The chicken is first marinated in olive oil, red wine vinegar, capers, olives, […]

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Anchovies, Capers & Olives

Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Anchovies, Capers & Olives

The best thing about this ridiculously easy pasta dish is that it packs a ton of fresh flavor. The key is sweet, ripe summer tomatoes! And if you can get your hands on them a mix of heirlooms in all sorts of beautiful colors. Not only are they grown in a stunning array of colors, […]

Spaghetti with Tuna-Caper-Olive Pesto with Tomato

Spaghetti with Tuna-Caper-Olive Pesto

Not only does this dish taste splendid, it’s perfect for when you are simply hungry and are craving something satisfying but don’t have the time (or energy) to cook! Other than preparing the pasta, there is no cooking involved in this dish. It’s a simple pesto that can be pulled together in minutes. For those […]

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Puttanesca: Tuna, Olives and Capers in a Tomato Sauce

Traditionally, puttanesca sauce is served with spaghetti in a dish known for being “in the style of the whore”. Oooh so devilish. There is a tale, saying its origins stem from the word “puttana” which in Italian means whore — why you ask? Well they say it’s so quick and easy. Ooooh dear! Although there […]

Olives: a Staple of Mediterranean Cuisine

There are mainly two types of olives; black and green olives. The rest are the further varieties of the these two types. Raw olives are incredibly bitter, so once harvested they are cured and then usually preserved in salt or brine. They can be harvested at any stage – the young, immature fruit is green […]

Puttanesca Chicken with Barbarella Eggplant

Last week I had a serious eggplant (aubergine) obsession. I particularly love it served rustic and simple – roasted with tomatoes, a generous amount of olive oil and fresh mint, making it the perfect accompaniment to anything from a green salad, to a bowl of pasta, to a crusty baguette. Yum. In a moment of […]

Olive Tapenade 3-Ways

Tapenade’s name comes from the Provençal word for capers; “tapenas”. It is a popular food in the south of France, where it makes a lovely alternative to butter. Not only is Tapenade simple to make, it can be amazingly versatile. Other flavors can easily be incorporated by adding ingredients such as grainy Dijon mustard, sun-dried […]