Caramelized Garlic Tart

savory tart loaded with enough garlic to ward off the most stubborn of vampires. But no worries, caramelized garlic brings out its natural sweetness. This delicious recipe from the South of France is a great choice for a party, light lunch or a picnic.

Egg and Red Pepper Salad

Ensalada de Huevos Duros y Pimenton is a traditional Tapas dish from Spain. Tapas are certainly Spain’s best food invention, real soul food. Simple ingredients presented with flair, especially appealing in warm weather.

The red peppers gain in flavor when served at room temperature. The substantial amount of garlic and parsley in the vinaigrette, make this salad particularly tasty.

Braised Marinated Beef Roast

Pasticciata alla Cagliostro, a hearty dish from the Marche region in Italy.

Marinating and braising is a traditional way of preparing meat in many parts of Europe. In Italy this age old tradition has been revived with the increasing popularity of the slow food movement.

Squid stuffed with Feta Cheese

Kalamarakia me Feta, one of the most popular dishes in Greece. It takes a bit of work but the result is worth it. Squid is readily available in the frozen section of most supermarkets. Try to get small to medium ones, they are more tender. I like to serve the squids with pita bread or roasted potatoes. Last time I served it with couscous – it worked quite well.

Etruscan-style Rabbit

Coniglio all’Etrusca, tender rabbit meat in a savory sauce of herbs and spices. The original recipe from Tuscany calls for hare. Its mild flavor is similar to veal or chicken and it’s high in protein and low in fat. Slow cooking keeps the meat particularly juicy.

Pork Roast with Caramelized Onions

Arista di Maiale con Cipolle alla Caramella, a hearty pork roast from the Toscana. Have you ever eaten spit roasted suckling pig (Maialino allo Spiedo) in one of those roadside osterias in the Toscana? This dish is very similar: tender, juicy pork meat with a delicious crust and bursting with flavor. Creamy Polenta and vegetables sautéed in olive oil are a great addition to this dish.