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 Italian Rice and Spinach
This is a great dish to serve at brunch or to bring to a potluck dinner as it can be served hot, cold or at room temperature.  There are plenty of ways you can mix up the ingredients to suit your taste.  You can stick with white or brown rice or substitute another grain such as farro...
 Rustic White Bean and Tomato Toast
When the weather warms up I begin to crave dishes tossed together with fresh seasonal produce.When the weather warms up I begin to crave dishes tossed together with fresh seasonal produce.  The truth is we still have little while to go here in New England until the local tomatoes and peppers...
Cajun Cornbread Casserole Recipe
This is one of those recipes that has become an absolute family standby.  “And, of course, we’ll have Victoria’s cornbread thing”. Really.  It’s that good.  It comes from a love of spicy cornbread and a passion for cheese.  In this recipe, they combine for a great, gooey,...
Cinnamon Chile Sweet Potato Fries
Cinnamon Chile Rub and sweet potatoes make for a fantastic combination.  The seasoning caramelizes onto the crispy fries giving them an addictive smoky sweet flavor. For this recipe you will need:4 large white sweet potatoes6 Tbsp. olive oil1 Tbsp. Victoria Taylor’s Cinnamon Chile...
Easy Smashed Potatoes
Smashed potatoes are awesome.  The inside of the potato is slightly creamy like mashed potatoes while the outside is seasoned and crispy like home fries; it’s the best of both worlds.  Of course the crispy parmesan cheese baked on top doesn’t hurt either.3 teaspoons Victoria Taylor’s...
Exotic Mushrooms with Sherry
Mushrooms aren’t for everyone but those of us that like them tend to be obsessed.  Serve these as a side or as a topping for steak, chicken or pork chops to instantly make any dish a little more special. 1 Pound crimini, shiitake, oyster, and button mushrooms, mixed2 tablespoons Victoria...
Firecracker Corn Cobs
It’s not quite corn season in New England but its starting to show up at the market and I just couldn’t resist.  This recipe adds the perfect amount of buttery spice without overwhelming the natural deliciousness of corn on the cob.  For this recipe you will need:4 ears of fresh...
Honey Aleppo Cornbread Mini Muffins
This is good way to use up the abundance of fresh corn at your local market this time of year.  Traditional cornbread gets an upgrade from the addition of whole corn kernels and a kick from our sweet and spicy Honey Aleppo Seasoning. For this recipe you will need:1 package corn muffin mix (8...
Jamaican Coleslaw with Victoria Taylor’s Cinnamon Chile Rub
This is such a fun recipe and a little unexpected.  The slaw really shows off the sweet/spicy balance of this blend. Next time you make coleslaw, try this version.  I think you are going to love it. For this recipe you will need:3 cups shredded green cabbage1 cup shredded red cabbage¼...
Preparing artichokes can seem like a daunting task but the end results are so delectable that it is well worth the effort.  Here is a step-by- step walk through of my recipe for Mediterranean Stuffed Artichokes that I hope will entice you to try them on your own. Victoria Gourmet’s...
Orecchiette Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Walnuts and Bacon
While I don't need any convincing to eat brussels sprouts this recipe could convert those that don't like them into fans.  This dish is great as is, but if you want a heartier meal add some grilled chicken or shrimp. 4 tablespoons Victoria Taylor’s Zesty Lemon Herb1 pound Orecchiette Pasta1...
Provencal Potatoes
These potatoes are frequently requested in my family. They are better than French fries and yet they have just 2 tablespoons of olive oil in 4 servings. They are great with, roasted chicken, steak, and grilled fish. Preparation time: 1 hour (includes 50 minutes cooking time) Serves: 4 as a side...

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