Open up your home and celebrate

Entertain like an Italian and Enjoy the Spirt of the Aperitivo

Enjoy the relaxed pace and informality of a timeless continental style. One of the reasons I became a restaurateur is…

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the Perfect Poached Egg

Recipe for the Perfect Poached Egg

The mystery of poaching eggs is lifted. I love poached eggs. My mom and dad used to have them with…

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Enjoy an afternoon wine spriz

Two Drink Recipes, for a Nice Summer Afternoon Spritz

Bringing you 2 fabulous spritz drinks to help you keep cool during California’s dog days of summer-early fall. It’s not…

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Recipe for Tomato Feta Galette

A Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipe for Tomato Feta Galette

Nothing fancy and so very easy; you can even serve this recipe at room temperature! A long time ago I…

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parmesan crisps

5 Minute Recipe for Parmesan Crisps – for salad or snacking

A quick recipe for Parmesan Crisps that will also introduce you to the Silpat non-stick baking mat. Here’s a recipe…

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Fran Berger chopping jalapenos

How to deseed and chop a jalapeño

If you love cooking, then technique matters: the right way to prepare jalapeños for your recipe. One of the things…

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The Well-stocked Pantry

7 “Must-Have” items for a well-stocked pantry

You’ll be ready for just about anything if you keep these items in stock at home at all times. I…

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Marinated Olives and Feta

4th of July Party? How about a tasty recipe for marinated olives and feta?

Sophisticated but incredibly easy: smash some olives, crush a bit of garlic, shred some bread, and you’re good to go!…

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Frozen grapes marinated in wine

Enjoy frozen grapes marinated in wine

If you love frozen grapes, you’re going to absolutely swoon when you try this idea. One of my favorite summer…

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fresh herbs

Food Tip – Keep your herbs fresh for up to a week!

A quick and easy way to save your refrigerated herbs – they’ll keep for a week! We depend on the…

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home-made croutons

Food Tip – The best croutons for your summer salads!

Add a kick to your salads with home-made croutons – and it’s so easy. I love crunchy carbs, don’t you?…

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Fran Berger speed-chill wine

Home Entertaining Tip – How to speed-chill a bottle of white wine

Guests on the way? Forgot to chill the wine? Here’s an old restaurant trick that will get you chilled wine…

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