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Jovina Coughlin

Pickled Mixed Vegetables For The Holidays

The holidays will be here soon and pickled veggies will add just the right touch when entertaining. Just about any vegetable — and some fruits — can be pickled. All you need is vinegar, water, sugar, salt and some dry… Continue Reading →

Making Gelato Like A Pro

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. If you have ever visited Italy, you probably ate creamy, delicious gelato and wondered why it tasted better than American made ice cream. What makes Gelato different? Gelato has less fat in… Continue Reading →

The Myth Behind Fried Green Tomatoes

When I first moved to the south about twelve years ago, I saw fried green tomatoes on just about every menu here. While living in the north, I had not been very aware of this dish.  As a home cook… Continue Reading →

What Should You Ask About The Produce You Buy?

Sustainable farms produce crops without relying on toxic chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified seeds or practices that degrade the soil and water. By growing a variety of plants and using techniques such as crop rotation and conservation, sustainable farms naturally… Continue Reading →

What Does Sustainable Eating Mean?

Sustainable eating means recognizing that what we eat and how we cook affects our health and the health of our planet. Sustainable eating provides numerous personal health benefits, including decreased exposure to harmful substances such as pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and… Continue Reading →

Make Your Own Coffee Cake

This is my all-purpose coffee cake recipe that our family loves. I can vary the filling and shape it to create a different cake each time. The basic procedures are the same for whatever filling you choose. Seasonal fruit filling is… Continue Reading →

Have You Tried Roasted Beets?

Beets grow well in cool weather, so this is the perfect time of year to purchase sweet tasting beets. Select small to medium beets with firm, smooth skin and no soft spots or punctures. Those with stems and leaves still… Continue Reading →

Italian Savory Pies — Perfect Anytime

There are a great variety of Italian savory pies and tart recipes for all occasions. You can serve them cold or warm, as a starter or as a one-plate meal accompanied with a green salad. An Italian Torte can have… Continue Reading →

How To Enjoy Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a unique vegetable and a great choice for winter meals. When cooked, the noodle like strands lend themselves to a variety of sauces and spaghetti squash is significantly lower in calories and carbohydrates and higher in fiber and nutrients… Continue Reading →

The Italian Tradition of Sharing Panettone

Traditional panettone, (yellow in color because it has butter and egg yolks in it) is studded with raisins and the candied peels of lemons and oranges. It’s cooked in a cylindrical paper and, when it rises, it puffs out of… Continue Reading →

The Evolution Of Jovina’s Pumpkin Pie

Throughout much of the United States, it is traditional to serve pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner. I began making pumpkin pie for my family on Thanksgiving not long after I married, but back then, I used the recipe on the… Continue Reading →

The Best Fresh Fish — Italian Style

The best way to get the freshest fish available is to simply ask. Ask your local market – what’s fresh today? This will sometimes require being flexible about the kind of fish you cook that evening. Fresh fish always tastes… Continue Reading →

Roasted Vegetables — Bring On The Flavor!

Crisp autumn days have us looking forward to soups, pot pies, roasts and casseroles. Pick from any number of fall ingredients to add flavor and color to your main dishes.  In August, I wrote about how to grill vegetables. However,… Continue Reading →

Tips For Grilling Your Vegetables

What could be easier than making your entire meal on the grill? Cook vegetable side dishes alongside your main course for a quick summer meal. Here are some of my favorite vegetables to put on the grill along with some… Continue Reading →

Luscious Fresh Figs

Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. Figs can trace their history back to the earliest of times. They are thought to have been first cultivated in… Continue Reading →

A CSA Share Becomes Summer Corn Chowder

I received my first share on Saturday from the CSA I belong to near my home. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you join a CSA, you are essentially buying a farm share. Members pay in advance for a… Continue Reading →

Use “In Season” For Springtime Desserts

Eating seasonally means buying produce that can be grown locally, in their natural weather and climate conditions. When buying produce in season, you are not only getting fruits and vegetables at their peak of flavor, you are also getting the… Continue Reading →

Make Good Use of Spring Produce

Soft flavors, bright colors and pleasant aromas are the hallmarks of early spring produce. Savor woodsy asparagus by roasting them to enhance their flavor and provide for a more tender texture. Move away from the strong flavorings of winter, like… Continue Reading →

Eat Your Veggies: Easy, Healthy Vegetable Tarts

Italian cuisine includes many different varieties of vegetables and they are cooked in every conceivable way.  Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers are popular in southern Italy and cabbage, asparagus and potatoes are more popular in the north. Vegetable tarts are great to… Continue Reading →

What Are Whole Grains?

Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and nutrients of the entire seed. A whole-grain kernel is composed of three parts: the germ, the bran and the endosperm. In conventional grain processing (e.g. white flour), most… Continue Reading →

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