How to Make Fettunta (Italian Garlic Bread)

Fettunta is of my favorite things to serve as a part of heavy appetizer or to go alongside a yummy stew during the wintertime. If you haven’t heard of fettunta, it is Italian version of garlic bread. It’s full of flavor, and you toast it until it’s crisp around the edges but still soft in the center.

You will need:
Bread
Olive oil
Garlic
Baking sheet

*The bread you see in the video is a bit of a unique color because I used kalamata olive ciabatta.

1. Slice garlic bread into 3/4 inch slices and place on baking sheet.

2. Drizzle or brush with olive oil.

3. Cook on broil setting for approximately 5 minutes, being sure not to burn or over toast bread.

4. Remove and rub with with a clove of garlic or the entire bulb with the cloves exposed. The flavor is best if this part is done when the bread is still pretty warm.

Enjoy!

I’ve made a video making this yummy and easy bread as well:

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Housewarming Party Menu Items

Lots of people are moving or have recently moved, so I find that the most common questions I get center around preparation for a housewarming a party. I recently made a video on tips for hosting a dinner party, or you can watch How to Have a Housewarming Party on  a Budget.

I’ve put together a list of easy, delicious and healthy housewarming foods that your guests are sure to love! Mix and match 4 to 6 items from this list and you’re off to a great start! Simply click on the photo to link to the recipe.

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 Fruit Kabobs  lainey2
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 Avocado Boats  Avocado-Boats2-Small-300x203
 Zucchini Fritters  6075468562_8fd29a0c83
 Italian Sausage Lasagna  32427
 Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies  healthy-chocolate-chip-cookies

Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue and Picnic Foods

I’ve put togteher a list of recipes from my site and the sites of other awesome food bloggers to enjoy over Memorial Day weekend. Some are a little indulgent, but most are flavorful and healthy. You’ll find salads, main dishes, drinks and desserts. Just click on the image and it will take you directly to the recipe. Enjoy and have a fun safe holiday weekend!

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Delicious Side Dishes | Instagram @divinehostess

This year Christmas dinner was the usual delicious spread of indulgent American cuisine. I volunteered to contribute a couple of sides with the added benefit of knowing for sure there would be meat free dishes I would enjoy. I made a green bean salad and pan seared brussels with caramelized onions. Both were easy to make and a big hit!

Interested in the recipes? They will be available in just a couple days in my new book, The Divine Hostess: A Guide to Cooking, Hosting, & Healthy Living.

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Quinoa Lentil Pilaf | Thanksgiving Side Dishes

by Sasha

http://www.sashamaggio.com

Sasha was gracious enough to share one of her delicious recipes and I think this is a fantastic dish for Thanksgiving. Vegetarians and vegans are often looking for main and side dishes that can go along with a traditional holiday meal, while non-vegetarians are often looking for a new dish that is a little out of the box. I love this dish because many of the side dishes on holidays are vegetarian, but not vegan. This dish is also a great source of fiber and protein!

1 TBSP olive or grapeseed oil
1 sweet onion, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled & diced
2 large celery stalks, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 TBSP parsley (dry) or 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2-1 tsp turmeric
1 cup tricolor quinoa
2 cups of lentils cooked, drained
2 cups water
1 TBSP bouillon
2 pkt True Lemon or 2 tsp lemon zest

Sauté onion, celery, carrot in oil. Cook 10 minutes or till tender. Add rinsed quinoa, drained lentils, and the bell pepper. Add all seasoning and stir. Add water and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover for 15-20 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

Harvest Festival & Halloween Party Treats

With Halloween around the corner, I’d like to share some yummy treats that are great for house parties or for your to enjoy as you pass out candy. Some do not officially celebrate Halloween, but it is still a great day to enjoy movies, warm food, and healthy (and some decadent) treats!

Healthy Chicken Strips from Oprah: http://www.oprah.com/food/Chicken-Strips

Baked Sweet Potato Steak Fries by The Divine Hostess: https://divinehostess.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/sweet-potato-steak-fries/

Spicy Roasted Butternut Seeds from food.com: http://www.food.com/recipe/spicy-roasted-butternut-seeds-pumpkin-seeds-50958

Roasted nuts by Lemons and Anchovies: http://lemonsandanchovies.com/2012/04/spicy-honey-roasted-almonds/#.UI1kOIbueSo

Halloween Cake Pops by Bakerella: http://www.bakerella.com/eye-popping/

Pumpkin bread from My Baking Addiction: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-bread-recipe/

Butter beer from Bakingdotcom: http://www.bakingdom.com/2010/11/butterbeer-oh-yes-friends-butterbeer.html

Chocolate Lover’s Candied Apple by The Sweetest Vegan:

Labor Day Weekend BBQ Foods

Who doesn’t love a good 3-day weekend? I know I do. I am looking forward to a little extra rest, and some time to catch up with family and friends. Many will be hosting or attending events throughout the weekend. I am providing you with some simple recipes that will help keep you from being the guest who brings the store-bought potato salad. 🙂

Here’s my top 10 list of things to make for your cookouts and barbecues.

1. Loaded Baked Potato Salad. Need I say more? And yes, a vegetarian just recommended that you eat bacon.

2. Deviled eggs. Deviled eggs are a great appetizer and for most– you cannot go wrong with eggs.

3. Easy Turkey Rollups. These are healthy, kid-friendly, full of protein, and they make a fantastic starter food.

4. White cake with lemon frosting. What’s a BBQ without a delicious dessert? Whether it is made as a cake or as cupcakes, this is a great treat to conclude festivities.

5. Barbecued Corn. An absolutely delicious and new way to eat barbecued corn. A must read!

6. Cucumber Melon Medley. Fruit salad is always a hit, but it’s nice to do something a little more unique. This will balance out all of the high protein barbecue foods, and keep you cool and hydrated.

7. Summer Sangria. You will need to make this about 4 hours in advance, but the recipe is surprisingly easy!

8. Quinoa & Seafood Greek Salad. This has been a huge hit at parties for me. It’s a nice refreshing salad, that is surprisingly hearty. Something about the lemon flavor is nice and light for hot weather.

9. Fresh Mex Salad. Here’s a salad that is Mexican-inspired. This will pair well with grilled shrimp or carne asada.

10. Carnitas. Do something different for the holiday! This recipe for slow cooked pork could pair well with any of the salads mentioned and may be something a little out of the box for your guests.

Guide to grilling beef and pork found here.

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Fresh Mex Salad

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