Cooking Basics


Oil Free Vegan Pesto

Pesto is an aromatic basil sauce that can be used on pasta, pizza, stirred into soup or stews; as a spread on paninis; added to dips or dressings.

 Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic is used in many of my dishes.  Added to mashed potatoes, as a spread on paninis or garlic bread, mixed into hummus.  The flavor is almost nutty creamy, never overpowering.

Quick Marinara Sauce

When I am out of my surplus of homemade Italian sauce, I use a quick marinara to prepare my Penne alla Vodka, top a pizza, eggplant or chicken parmesan, etc., etc.!


Clarified butter, the Golden Oil.  A wonderful staple to have on hand to intensify foods with an almost a nutty flavor, amazing aroma and healthier than regular butter!

Pizza Dough

So easy to make ahead and prepare freshly baked pizzas!!

Basic Pie Crust (Pate Brisee)

The first pie crust recipe I made!  Makes two pie dough crusts, can use one and freeze the other for a single layer pie.  I’ve also used this dough to make rugelach!


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