Inside Our Test Kitchen: Mix It Up with Giardiniera

You’ve probably seen giardiniera dressing up antipasti platters at your favorite Italian joint, but the brined vegetable medley is much more than a pretty face. Packed with a variety of vegetables—like cauliflower, peppers, carrots, celery and spicy chiles—it’s like getting a bunch of different pickles in one jar! You can buy it from the supermarket or make your own with this recipe.

Easy Giardiniera

In the October 2016 issue, Rach chops some up to make an easy burger relish—and here a few more ideas for adding a little tang to your day.

1. Spice up your sides. Stir chopped giardiniera into potato or pasta salad.

Try it here:

Creamy Potato Salad

2. Give cocktails a kick. For a drink with extra zing, use the brine in a dirty martini. Garnish with a few of the olives or cauliflower.

Try it here:

Pickled Dirty Martini

3. Make grilled cheese greater. Roughly chop giardiniera and place between Read more

Mediterranean Meal Planner

We’ve all heard about the amazing benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, but if you’re not ready to go full-on EVOO, here’s a warmup week of five Mediterranean recipes to try out. Explore the flavors of garlic, oregano, basil, olives and fennel and see why everyone’s raving about the cuisine from this part of the world.


Monday, September 1

Spicy Tomato-Poached Eggs


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Happy Mediterranean Diet Month!

The Mediterranean diet is composed of key healthy ingredients, such as EVOO, fish, seasonal produce and robust spices. Although we can celebrate these unbeatable recipes and flavor combinations every month, May just so happens to be Mediterranean Diet Month, giving us yet another excuse to get in the kitchen and try out some new and exciting dishes. But before we get cooking, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Eat more fish: Heart-healthy fats (such as Omega 3 fatty acids) are key to this way of eating, and fish is full of them.

2. Embrace herbs and spices: Besides being an easy way to wake up mild meat like chicken, herbs and spices have all kinds of health benefits, too.

3. Go with the grains: Whole grains are high in fiber, filling you up so you’ll have less room for unhealthy foods.

4. Fill up on veggies: Vegetables provide all kinds of nutrients, especially those typically found in the Mediterranean diet. They can be a meal unto themselves, or make up a started course called meze.

5. Rethink your proteins: Who says you can only eat eggs in the morning? They’re a phenomenal source of protein for any time of day.

6. Finish with fruit: Fresh or dried, fruit is a healthy, delicious finale to a meal, and replaces sugary desserts completely in the Mediterranean diet.


Try some of our favorite Mediterranean recipes this month!


Moroccan Lemon-Herb Chicken Skewers


Spicy Tomato-Poached Eggs


Eggplant Salad with Yellow Peppers & Red Onion


Spiced Date Walnut Balls


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Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Mediterranean Made Meatless

In our April issue, we take you on a culinary journey to parts of the Mediterranean way beyond just Spain and Italy. Countries like Turkey, Israel and Morocco are home to some bold, palate-awakening foods that are chef-, nutritionist- and Meatless Monday-approved. So ditch the traditional Greek salad or Spanish omelet and embrace the flavors of the (meatless) Mediterranean with these dishes:


From our April issue: Spicy Tomato-Poached Eggs


Lentil-Couscous Salad


Spice-Grilled Eggplant, Feta & Spinach Pizzas


From our April issue: Fried Chickpeas & Fresh Vegetable Salad


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