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A fabulous dressing and dip that is a game-changer for every cook! Creamy, garlicky (yet mild from the roasted garlic), slightly sweetened with maple syrup and enough zesty flavor from fresh squeezed lemon.
Mellow yet with deep concentration – oven roasted garlic cloves enhances the flavor of everything!
I’ve got you covered with 23 well-tested and fabulous recipes for your celebration! Plus 13 Desserts ~ Something for everyone! How to make a tender and flavorful turkey?Aromatic Vegetables are placed on the bottom of the pan – and let them caramelize until they develop a rich, deep color ~ then you will add the […]
French Green Beans are special for the holidays – I always serve them on Thanksgiving. 2 Fabulous recipes to try! Both Vegan.Haricot Vert with Sliced Radishes and Pan-Fried Shallots with a Miso-Lemon-Maple Glaze andHaricot Vert with Garlic, Almonds, Pomegranate Seeds and Shiitake “Bacon” with Za’atar Seasoning Haricot Vert Beans are longer and thinner than American […]
The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving and the Holidays! Full of color & flavor – can be made early in the day. Vegan. Sauté Haricot Verts in a hot skillet to blacken the edges. Add Garlic Chips, Shiitake “Bacon”, Toasted Almonds, Pomegranate Seeds and Za’atar Seasoning.
Taking Comfort Food to a Whole New Level! Italian Pasta Shells Stuffed with Fresh Ricotta Cheese, Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Pumpkin, Fresh Spinach, Shiitake Mushrooms in a Creamy Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce. Delizioso! I visited Arthur Avenue in “da” Bronx last week ~ a food loving Italian section with real charm and truly very authentic. Sure tourists […]
A versatile sauce you’ll make again and again. Light on calories ~ big on flavor! The recipe uses Homemade Chicken Broth, yet use Vegetable Broth for Vegetarian.
Taking Comfort Food to a Whole New Level! Italian Pasta Shells Stuffed with Fresh Ricotta Cheese, Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Pumpkin, Fresh Spinach, Shiitake Mushrooms in a Creamy Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce. Delizioso!
A Healthy and Hearty Chili Chock Full of Veggies with Chickpeas, Lentils, Butternut Squash and Cremini Mushrooms in a Tomato Based Sauce with Homemade Chili Seasoning – dig in and be creative with your toppings! There are benefits of eating more vegetarian meals – embracing a plant-based diet just one day a week. We know […]
A Healthy and Hearty Chili Chock Full of Veggies with Chick Peas, Lentils, Butternut Squash and Cremini Mushrooms in a Tomato Based sauce with Homemade Chili Seasoning – dig in and be creative with your toppings!
Mellow yet with deep concentration – oven roasted garlic cloves enhances the flavor of everything! Recipes: How to Roast Whole Garlic Heads in Olive OilMashed Roasted Garlic Cloves with Cherry Bomb Peppers and HerbsTopping of Roasted Garlic Cloves with Olive Oil – Balsamic Reduction ~ Topping for Fish I’ve got an amazing garlic stash! Just […]
A Creamy & Chunky Soup with a Coconut Cream Swirl and Hatch Chiles… very comforting and healthy! Perfect for weekdays, special enough for company and holidays. I’m a pretty consistent soup maker. I find it relaxing to stir up interesting flavors and make soup at least once a week. Always setting a side a portion […]
A Creamy & Chunky Soup with a Coconut Cream Swirl and Hatch Chiles… very comforting and healthy! Perfect for weekdays, special enough for company and holidays. Many types of winter squashes make glorious soups. I recently picked up some Acorn Squash and thought – maybe an underdog squash for soup… is butternut squash really superior? […]
Fabulous & Smokey Eggplant Mediterranean Dip & Spread you’ll keep making! Healthy and Delicious. A silky, creamy, delectable eggplant dip – light on calories…big on flavor!!A recipe all good cooks should master – the perfect healthy nosh or appetizer. Baba Ganoush is a typical Lebanese/Middle Eastern meze (‘starter’) often eaten as a dip with pita bread, and is sometimes […]
Fabulous & Smokey Eggplant Mediterranean Dip & Spread you’ll keep making and enjoying! Healthy and Delicious. A recipe all good cooks should master – the perfect healthy nosh or appetizer.
End of Summer / Early Fall Tomatoes are put to great use in a wonderful simmered sauce you can savor well into Fall and Winter. Use it to make my terrific Ground Turkey “Meat Sauce” with Fresh Tomato Sauce. Tomato sauce – made with fresh peeled tomatoes tastes entirely different from the jarred variety. With […]
A salad to “fall” in love with! Starring Fall ingredients like Radicchio, Pink Pearl Apples, Pink Radishes, Delicate Squash and teamed with Chèvre Cheese and Pistachios. Fresh fall produce makes this salad stand out, and will satisfy your healthy cravings. Farmers’ markets are jammed now with end-of-summer delights! Visit one and let the season offerings […]
A salad to “fall” in love with! Starring Fall ingredients like Radicchio, Pink Pearl Apples, Pink Radishes, Delicate Squash and teamed with Chèvre Cheese and Pistachios. There are endless ways to compile a Fall Salad ~ first think what’s in season, the flavors you like, multiple textures and colors.
Preserve summer by dehydrating or oven drying your favorite tomatoes. Pack some in jars with extra virgin olive oil and thyme branches. A refreshing burst of sweetness! I like to dehydrate my tomatoes until somewhat dry and chewy. These are not very dry tomatoes. They still have tomato texture a little chewy with dry edges. […]
A delicious and moist Gluten Free Zucchini Quick Bread using Maple Syrup three ways ~ in the bread, glaze and glazed walnuts. Not too sweet with healthful ingredients.Easily made vegan. It really is so simple to make a good quality zucchini bread at home. Farmers’ markets are loaded right now at the end of the […]
A Zippy & Zesty Cajun Blend for seasoning and blackening. Make a batch which is salt-free and sprinkle salt when needed. This is a wonderful, well balanced meal with flavors from the South. Four recipes:How to make Karen’s Best Cajun Seasoning BlendHow to Blacken Fish (Local Halibut)Dirty Rice Cajun Style – a lightened up versionQuick […]
Enjoy the flavors of Summer with fresh seasonal ingredients and some inventive, well-tested and healthful recipes! Soups, Sides, Mains & Something Sweet. Summer Soups! Blend the season’s best garden-fresh veggies into bowlfuls of summery goodness. Best Side Dishes ~ Visit a local Farmers’ Market, be inspired! Satisfying Mains: A Sweet Finish ~ Desserts: Enjoy the […]
Have too much Summer pesto on hand? Make delicious compound butter in minutes! Slice and add to just-off-the-grilled local swordfish ~ melts into a dreamy sauce. Slow Roasted Vegetables make everything it touches taste better.I add minced shallots, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper to roasted heirloom […]
Have too much Summer pesto on hand? Make delicious compound butter in minutes! Slice and add to just-off-the-grilled local swordfish ~ melts into a dreamy sauce.
Crunch on these! Eat them right out of the jar, or chop them up – they lend bright flavors to all kinds of dishes. These Pickled Vegetables have a little spice going on too — mustard seeds, chile peppers, multi-colored peppercorns, sliced garlic along with vinegars. It’s super easy and fun to pickle vegetables ~ especially […]
Crunch on these! Eat them right out of the jar, or chop them up – they lend bright flavors to all kinds of dishes. Fun, easy and super-quick to prepare! These Pickled Vegetables have a little spice going on too — mustard seeds, chile peppers, multi-colored peppercorns, sliced garlic along with vinegars. I’ve chosen Fiesta Striped […]
A Must Try Summer Salad! So simple, fresh & delicious! Summer peaches are sweet and juicy and their flavor intensifies on the grill. I love shopping at various Farmers’ Markets in the Summer. You will find just-pick fruit and veggies and buy directly from the farmer. The selection is much different than your local supermarket […]
An easy Summer soup topped with grated feta cheese and fresh mint ~ it’s light, vibrant and has a spicy kick Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw, blended vegetables – here I’m adding a good dose of watermelon, adding naturally sweet fruit to the mix. Packed with antioxidants, this chilled soup is perfect for everyday […]
An easy Summer soup topped with grated feta cheese and fresh mint ~ it’s light, vibrant and has a spicy kick
Healthy and Oh-So Colorful! A Zesty But Light Sauce enriches many recipes and perfect with my Grilled Chicken Skewers. This is an intense and creamy tzatziki ~ grated beets transform it into this bright rose pink color. Make this beautiful colored Beet Tzatziki and use it as a sauce, dip or spread. It’s simple to […]
This spread has so many culinary uses. Great served with good crackers and crudités ~ use also as a sandwich spread, a burger topper or a stuffing for vegetables. The possibilities are really endless. Pimento cheese has been a Southern staple for well over 50 years.It’s served cold, pimento cheese is typically served as a dip […]
THE Summer Soup to devour! Healthy and delicious ~ a lightened up version with personality, creaminess and flavor. My take on Spanish Salmorejo. Vegan. Ah… Summer Tomatoes ~ anyone who knows me understands my special affinity for this vegetable (well, really a fruit.) What’s better to eat and cook with than a perfectly ripe tomato? […]
THE Summer Soup to devour! Healthy and delicious ~ a lightened up version with personality, creaminess and flavor. Vegan. My Cold Tomato Bead Soup with Basil is a take on the Andalucia region’s famous soup: Salmorejo from Spain. The ingredients are few – ripe, dark red vine ripened tomatoes are a must.
Inspiring & Healthy Barbecue Recipes for Every Taste! Grilling is a simple way in the summer to get dinner on the table in lightning speed. Pay special attention to marinades, sauces and salsas – and use the freshest ingredients you can find. Summer is finally here and that means the grilling ideas are absolutely endless […]
Seasonal Lettuces and Vegetables team with the Juiciest Strawberries with the perfect Zesty Vinaigrette
A light and hearty Mediterranean “Sauce” for Chicken, Fish and beyond. An Extra Virgin Olive Oil Based Pan Sauce combines Garlic, Shallots, Five Herbs and Fresh Corn. A super-quick and healthy sauce you whip up in a skillet in minutes.What does this sauce work with? … well everything!Perfect topping grilled proteins, yet mingles well with […]
A refreshing treat on a warm Summer Day – Lightened up with less sugar. In just a few steps – in just a few minutes the base for the frozen yogurt is ready to chill.Leave to cool in the refrigerator until cold, then churn. Choose juicy, ripe delicious peaches for the recipe. Mealy or underripe […]
Crispy on the exterior, tender inside – this skillet cornbread is big on flavor! Additions include Jalapeños, Poblano Chiles, Chives and Fresh Corn. Gluten Free. The perfect side dish to complement everything you’re cooking this summer.Crispy yet moist, tender and crumbly – you will make this recipe over and over! When you pour the batter […]
Tender crisp with a smokey essence ~ these peas are finished with a zesty and spicy nutty sauce… time to heat up the grill! Finally fabulous weather in Connecticut! The rain has subsided and sunny skies and greener grass are abound.Time to uncover the grill and get cooking outdoors! Cooking vegetables are a breeze in […]
Delectable with Mexican Spices – these caps are stuffed with flavor! Lots of colorful vegetables and ground turkey. I’m all for stuffing mushrooms with a healthy portion of vegetables – yes we should all be eating more plant-based foods!Here I sauté lots of veggies and ground turkey – add some smokey ground chiles, cumin and […]