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Few culinary offerings are as satisfying and easy to assemble as antipasto, a beautiful selection of cured meats, cheeses, olives, dips and bread. In Italy, the dish is traditionally served at the beginning of the meal, but we think anytime is the perfect time to indulge in a plate of goodness with a glass of wine.
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So you’re sweet on spaghetti and fond of fettuccine while penne and fusilli are cupboard staples but there are actually hundreds of pasta shapes, each uniquely suited to particular dishes.
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The importance of a healthy family meal can't be overstated -- obesity rates are climbing, and so are chronic diseases, many which are tied to poor diet and lifestyle. It's not only affecting adults, but our young children as well, and at an alarming rate. Preventing these illnesses and poor eating habits in our kid's lives starts now.
I find that cooking eggs can be a bit tricky. I usually end up puncturing the yolk of a fried egg, or completely destroying an omelette before it reaches my plate. But you don't need to worry about those problems when it comes to one egg dish: the frittata. They don't require a gentle hand--just mix all the prepared ingredients in a bowl and pour into your baking pan. Too easy, right?