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Spring Egg Drop Soup with Fresh Jonah Crab

Spring Egg Drop Soup

Classic Egg Drop Soup gets a healthy overhaul with Spring Veggies and a topping of Fresh Crab. Spring Produce is popping up everywhere – so I’m using glorious green vegetables and enhancing the classic Egg Drop Soup – I think for the better! The crab is optional, yet adds a lingering sweetness and a pop of color… fresh […]

Grilled Pumpkin Swordfish with Green Masala Sauce on a square plate

Pumpkin Swordfish with Green Masala Sauce

A rare but delicious delicacy – Pumpkin Swordfish is in season (well, kind of) and it’s the best swordfish you ever ate! With a gorgeous “pumpkin” color ~ it’s a sweeter variety that is more buttery in flavor with a juicy texture. Of course you can use this recipe with any swordfish… I’m just showing off my catch! […]

Raspberry Crunch Salad with Raspberry-Almond Oil Vinaigrette

Raspberry Crunch Salad with Raspberry-Almond Oil Vinaigrette

Crispy, Crunchy & Sweet ~ a brilliant, colorful, healthy salad… make place at your Thanksgiving table for this treat! Make the dressing ahead and adorn with my Nut and Seed Crunch (see recipe) This recipe is included in The Salad Gazette from the great minds at The Devil Wears Salad in Australia. The salad is on […]

Karen's Pasta Puttanesca with Fresh Tomatoes

Karen’s Pasta Puttanesca with Fresh Tomatoes

A vibrant sauce takes makes only minutes to prepare – this is one of my favorite dishes ~ Buon appetito! The sauce is cooked in a big skillet – pasta is folded in, then served Puttanesca Sauce is big on flavor! Use fresh tomatoes if you can; the rest are pantry ingredients. Chock full of fresh […]

Grilled Zucchini with Japanese Miso-Glaze and Cashew Crema

Grilled Zucchini with Japanese Miso-Glaze and Cashew Crema

Zucchini & Summer Squash off the grill get jazzed-up with these Japanese inspired flavors Local Zucchini is simply sliced and grilled. I add the Miso Glaze on the bottom of the plate, and Cashew Crema on top. Beautiful Zucchini and Summer Squash off the grill served with a flavorful Miso Glaze and Cashew Crema

Mediterranean Stuffed Shishito Peppers

Mediterranean Stuffed Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers are cut in half and stuffed with a medley of Mediterranean ingredients for an addictive appetizer Stuffed with softened goat cheese, colorful peppers. tomatoes and herbs, then broiled one minute Recipe makes 24 pick-up stuffed Shishitos The ultimate pick-up tasty three bite little stuffed peppers! The mild peppers are stuffed with an explosion […]

Summertime Panzanella Tomato Salad – you should be eating this right now!

Summertime Panzanella Tomato Salad – you should be eating this right now!

Ripe Heirloom Tomatoes team with Garlicky Toasted Bread and Plenty of Basil Leaves. Top with my Zesty “Shaken” Italian Dressing and scatter some thinly sliced Red Onions and cubes of Cucumber. The Heirloom Tomatoes I have used: Red Zebra, Green Tiger and Strawberry Tomatoes

Gluten Free Summertime Panzanella Tomato Salad

Gluten Free Summertime Panzanella Tomato Salad

Ripe Heirloom Tomatoes team with Garlicky Toasted Gluten Free Bread and Plenty of Basil Leaves. Top with my Zesty “Shaken” Italian Dressing and scatter some thinly sliced Red Onions and cubes of Cucumber. This Zesty Italian Dressing pairs perfectly with my Panzanella Salad. Gluten Free Bread is garlicky, tasty and cut the same size as the […]

Sungold Tomato Butter – Slather on Everything!

Sungold Tomato Butter – Slather on Everything!

A deeply flavored whipped butter combined with slow-roasted Sungold Cherry Tomatoes. The uses are endless! Slather on Sourdough Bread The finished slow-cooked tomatoes – ready to blend with the butter Recipe Overview: Slow-roast halved tomatoes over thyme branches. Cook garlic so it has softened. Add butter to a small food processor – whip until light. […]

Fabulous Black Raspberry Pie!

Fabulous Black Raspberry Pie!

Summer Black Raspberries lie under a buttery & flaky lattice crust. Perfection with every bite. You will not believe the crust is Gluten Free! A pie to savor ~ I’ve added a handful of red raspberries for color contrast. This recipe makes 2 smaller 6 inch pies ~ double the recipe for a full sized pie. […]

Thai Basil Pesto – and what to do with it!

Thai Basil Pesto – and what to do with it!

The flavor has a pronounced licorice essence and a little spicy kick. So many uses – see my list. Find this wonderful variety at farmers’ markets. Makes a delicious and unique pesto! Thai Basil Pesto adorns Pasta Squares, Roasted Zucchini and Toasted Pignoli Nuts Karen’s Thai Basil Pesto includes Thai Basil Leaves, Garlic, Pignoli Nuts, Nutritional Yeast, […]

Karen’s Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Yogurt

Karen’s Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Yogurt

A COOL take on “strawberry shortcake.” Creamy and refreshing on a hot Summer’s day – with Brown Sugar Shortcake Pieces Folded in! It’s Gluten~free. A smooth, creamy mouthfeel – decadent like ice cream yet lighter. Brown Sugar Shortcakes – they’re gluten free. Use regular flour if you wish. Also see another yummy mix-in frozen yogurt: […]

Steamed Baby Beets with Garlic Scape Vinaigrette

Steamed Baby Beets with Garlic Scape Vinaigrette

A Simple Recipe using Ingredients from a local Farmers’ Market. It’s easy to steam beets! Add to an assertive and zesty vinaigrette with Green Garlic Scapes; the curly shoot of the garlic bulb… they’re like scallions with a garlic kick! A bunch of Fresh Beets from a farmer’s market makes a whole lot of scrumptious […]

Really Amazing Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

Really Amazing Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

Seasonal Fresh Rhubarb is blended in a tangy & zesty Barbecue Sauce!An easy Sauce & Glaze – terrific using on the grill and as a side sauce. A fruity Barbecue Sauce does not need to be loaded with sugar to be flavorful. Homemade is better ~ no unwanted preservatives and flavorings! 

Radicchio Salad with Mustard Croutons and Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

Radicchio Salad with Mustard Croutons and Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

This Radicchio Salad has a nice sweet & bitter elements. Add Frisée lettuce, Watermelon Radish, Shaved Heirloom Carrots, Crispy Croutons with Grainy Mustard and Garlic and Karen’s Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette with Shallots and Garlic. A flavor sensation!

Ground Turkey “Meat Sauce” with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ground Turkey “Meat Sauce” with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Doesn’t get more delicious than this! Laced with Onions, Shallots, Garlic and my Fresh Tomato Sauce – it’s my go to sauce for a comforting weeknight meal.

How to Make Fresh Tomato Sauce

How to Make Fresh Tomato Sauce

End of Summer / Early Fall Tomatoes are put to great use in a wonderful simmered sauce you can savor well into Fall and Winter. Make my wonderful Ground Turkey “Meat Sauce” with Fresh Tomato Sauce too!

Fall Salad with Chèvre and Apples

Fall Salad with Chèvre and Apples

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.

Maple Zucchini Walnut Bread – Gluten Free

Maple Zucchini Walnut Bread – Gluten Free

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. Use a good quality natural maple syrup (not pancake syrup!!) You know – the kind with one ingredient: maple syrup! I used a Grade […]

Pesto Compound Butter over Grilled Swordfish with Slow-Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Peppers

Pesto Compound Butter over Grilled Swordfish with Slow-Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Peppers

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.

Grilled Peach Salad with Sweet & Sour Vinaigrette

Grilled Peach Salad with Sweet & Sour Vinaigrette

A Must Try Summer Salad ~  So simple, fresh & delicious! Summer peaches are sweet and juicy and their flavor intensifies on the grill. Simple Ingredients ~ Yellow and White Grilled Peaches, Toasted Hazelnuts & Almonds, Red Oak Lettuce, Little Gem Lettuce, Colorful Cherry Tomatoes and an Awesome Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette with Honey, Mustard […]

Summer Strawberry Salad with Walnuts, Feta and Maple-Walnut Vinaigrette

Summer Strawberry Salad with Walnuts, Feta and Maple-Walnut Vinaigrette

Seasonal Lettuces and Vegetables team with the Juiciest Strawberries with the perfect Zesty Vinaigrette

Mediterranean EVOO Herb & Corn Sauce for Chicken and Fish

Mediterranean EVOO Herb & Corn Sauce for Chicken and Fish

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!

Charred Sugar Snap Peas on the Grill with Hazelnut-Sesame Sauce

Charred Sugar Snap Peas on the Grill with Hazelnut-Sesame Sauce

Tender crisp with a smoky essence ~ these peas are finished with a zesty and spicy nutty sauce… time to heat up the grill! An AMAZINGLY Delicious Side Dish!! Add proteins and noodles you like for a complete meal.

Vanilla Ice Milk & Peach Melba Parfaits

Vanilla Ice Milk & Peach Melba Parfaits

A lightened-up vision of a favorite dessert. You won’t believe the texture and flavor of the Ice Milk!

Shrimp & Farmers’ Market Vegetable Sauté

Shrimp & Farmers’ Market Vegetable Sauté

A quick sauté using what’s local. Florida Pink Shrimp Team with Local Bi-Color, Striped Peppers and Purple Scallions. Delicious and Healthy! Shop Local – Visit a Farmers’ Market for the best quality, just-picked produce! A Quick and Healthy Stir-fry perfect for everyday cooking

Fabulous Fattoush ~ A Middle Eastern Salad with Vegetables and Toasted Bread

Fabulous Fattoush ~ A Middle Eastern Salad with Vegetables and Toasted Bread

There is nothing better than a Fattoush Salad in Summer with seasonal, glistening vegetables! Pita bread is toasted in the oven with olive oil and Za’atar seasoning and tossed into the salad. Finish with a Zesty Lemony Sumac Dressing This is a  wonderfully, healthy salad you can tailor to your taste… toss in fresh farmers’ […]

Fresh Cherry BBQ Sauce ~ Over Chicken & Veggie Kebobs

Fresh Cherry BBQ Sauce ~ Over Chicken & Veggie Kebobs

A fabulous Basting and Dipping BBQ Sauce to make During Cherry Season! A gorgeous color with Fresh Cherry Flavor. See recipe below for Chicken & Veggie Kebobs.

Rhubarb & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Rhubarb and Goat Cheese Bruschetta Over a Salad with Rhubarb & Shallot Vinaigrette

Three Rhubarb recipes come together in this marvelous, fresh salad with a Savory Bruschetta.  Rhubarb is one of those flavors that is deliciously addicting – Tart to the taste ~ an incredible ingredient to cook as the crimson color and heady perfumy scent stands out.

Spring Grilled Asparagus Salad ~ Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing

Spring Grilled Asparagus Salad ~ Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing

The perfect Restaurant Quality Spring Salad! Choose fat asparagus and cook indoors in a grill pan – or outdoors in warmer weather. Mache Lettuce, Radicchio, Purple Spring Onions, Toasted Almonds, Fresh Mango Cubes, Blood Orange Slices and Grilled Fat Asparagus Spears all come together for a memorable, Restaurant-Syle Salad at Home.

A light Fall Salad with crunchy textures dressed with a Zesty-Lemony Vinaigrette with Confit Garlic

Fall Salad with Pears, Pomegranate Seeds and Zesty Garlic Confit Vinaigrette

A light Fall Salad with crunchy textures dressed with a Zesty-Lemony Vinaigrette with Confit Garlic A delicious and healthy Fall Salad with Caramelized Pears, three Greens, julienned Purple Carrots, Pecan Halves, Pomegranate Seeds and an awesome Zesty Garlic Confit Vinaigrette. Serve with my Garlic Cheesy Toast (with Garlic Confit)

Crispy Eggplant roasted in the oven teams with Romaine, Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, a Zesty Dressing and plenty of Basil

Eggplant Parm Salad: Deconstructed

Crispy Eggplant roasted in the oven teams with Romaine, Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, a Zesty Dressing and plenty of Basil ~ a satisfying and interesting twist! Eggplant turns out crispy with a creamy, soft center. Not fried but oven-roasted with lots of flavor from the sourdough breadcrumbs, parmesan reggiano cheese and oregano. 

An Unbelievable, Simple Pie with only 4 ingredients and a press-in Granola Crust. Dream-like light filling with plenty of fresh raspberry flavor.

Raspberry Marshmallow Pie with Granola Crust

An Unbelievable, Simple Pie with only 4 ingredients and a press-in Granola Crust. Dream-like light filling with plenty of fresh raspberry flavor. I went Raspberry Picking in August – see these gorgeous raspberries, some with the stems still attached!

Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Bite-Sized, Team up with Creamy French Feta Cubes with a Zesty Vinaigrette for a Simple Summer Salad

Simple Tomato & Feta Salad with Dill and Radish Vinaigrette

Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Bite-Sized,  Team up with Creamy French Feta Cubes with a Zesty Vinaigrette for a Simple Summer Salad.  Just picked flavors of the smaller sized tomatoes, simply cut in half team with sliced cubes of French Feta, drenched in Fresh-Cut Dill – a goat’s milk variety made in France which is slightly drier and […]

My version of they healthy Middle Eastern Salad spiked with a melange of Vegetables is tossed in a Zesty Lemony- Scallion Dressing.

Karen’s Quinoa Tabbouleh – Vegetable Salad (Naturally Gluten-Free)

My version of they healthy Middle Eastern Salad spiked with a melange of Vegetables is tossed in a Zesty Lemony- Scallion Dressing. One of the healthiest salads you can eat. Refreshing and Addictive!

Simply Delicious ~ Wood Fired Infused Smoked Beets easily prepared on your grill. Finish the Salad with Petite Greens and a Zesty Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette.

Wood Fired Beet Salad with Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette

Simply Delicious ~ Wood Fired Infused Smoked Beets easily prepared on your grill. Finish the Salad with Petite Greens and a Zesty Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette. 

This fresh, seafood-rich trendsetter recipe of the early 20th century takes on a modern flair with Fresh (not frozen) Pink Shrimp and a Zippy Louis Sauce

Modern Shrimp Louis Salad

A Comeback for a Classic Dish! This fresh, seafood-rich trendsetter recipe of the early 20th century takes on a modern flair with Fresh (not frozen) Pink Shrimp and a zippy Louis Sauce 

IS BLACK THE NEW BROWN? The ultimate antioxidant salad loaded with great taste, texture and color.

Black Rice Salad with Raw and Roasted Vegetables, Feta Cheese and Oregano-Citrus Vinaigrette

IS BLACK THE NEW BROWN? The ultimate antioxidant salad loaded with great taste, texture and color.

Fresh Spring produce shines in this quiche with a simple cracker crumb base and truffled cheddar cheese to compliment. Go-Green!

Go Green Spring Quiche with Truffled Cheese

Fresh Spring produce shines in this quiche with a simple cracker crumb base and truffled cheddar cheese to compliment. Go-Green!

shaved carrots combine with coconut, beets and mint leaves with a Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Carrot-Coconut-Mint Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Three recipe suggestions below using the Sesame-Ginger Dressing – which is also an awesome marinade!  

Skillet Succotash with fresh corn, lima beans, butter beans, (optional) multi-colored zucchini, caramelized shallots and a touch of jalapeño.

Karen’s Skillet Succotash

Succotash is a simple corn and beans sauté. A traditional dish of many Thanksgiving celebrations in New England – first developed by the Narraganset Indians in Rhode Island. Today, many chefs add ingredients that are local to them, or that complement the mix. 

Beet, Tomato and Radish Salad ~ Beet Green Vinaigrette

A summer bonanza of colors and flavors! Use the beet greens to make an earthy and delicious vinaigrette

Ratatouille in Zucchini Cups with Herbal – Garlicky Crumbs

Ratatouille – Summer’s Classic Vegetable Stew

Fall in love with this Provencal Vegetable Stew with bright colors and bold, mellow flavors. A wonderful vegetable stew celebrating summer’s splendor. A plethora of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes simmered with herbs and spices.

Spinach & Frisee Salad with French Baguette topped with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Swirl

Spinach & Frisee Salad with French Baguette topped with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Swirl

30 Minute Strawberry Jam (no pectin)

  Making  jam is fun, has less sugar and no preservatives – with true fruit flavor. See recipes using strawberry jam too!

Grilled Sugar Snap Peas & Radishes

Turn the grill on high – add some market-fresh veggies and your new favorite side dish or summer salad awaits!  

Rhubarb Tart ~ Shortbread Cookie Crust

As summer fruits are still ripening, taste the marvelous, special flavor of Rhubarb in this easy to make (promise!) fruit tart

Brown Rice Risotto with Spring Vegetables

Short brown rice make a creamy risotto and gets a boost of color from a bounty of Spring Vegetables.

Homemade Applesauce – My Favorite

Homemade Applesauce – My Favorite

My favorite applesauce, a little apple peel adds a touch of pink color!

Stuffed Squash with Fruit and Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

A recipe for Detox – Pump up you servings of fruits, vegetables and grains…naturally

Kabocha Squash and Goat Cheese Quiche – Gluten Free Pastry

Homemade quiche with Fall Flavors – Kabocha Squash is roasted then blended with the filling ingredients for a gorgeous orange hue and velvety texture- topped with Roasted Eggplant. Make with my perfect Gluten- Free Flaky Crust.

Summer Gazpacho in Two Easy Steps

Ah Summer Tomato Gazpacho! A blender base is topped with Summer Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Herbs… Simply Divine!

Cool Cucumber- Kale Blender Soup with Apricots and Walnuts

My go-to cold soup in summer! Cool and Refreshing. A dose of Probiotics and Fiber in every spoonful.

Raw Slaw

The best coleslaw ever!! Raw summer market vegetables chopped with a light, creamy dressing (non dairy) ~ perfect addition to any BBQ menu.

Heirloom Tomato and Melon Salad with Goat Cheese and a Date – Balsamic Dressing

Vegan Strawberry “Ice Cream” with Cashew Brittle

Kick off Summer with this creamy, delicious Guilt-Free Strawberry Ice Cream dessert!

Grilled Corn in the Husk with Tomato-Basil Butter

It’s Barbecue Season! Baste corn with bursting flavor – cover with husk and grill outdoors. Add crumbled feta cheese to the grilled corn if desired

Spring Salmon Brochette Salad with Minted Lime Dressing, Toasted Quinoa and Pistachios

Summer Zucchini, Walnut and Olive ~ Whole Grain Pasta with Lemon Zest

Zucchini is plentiful and at it’s peak of flavor. Combine with toasted walnuts, select olives, walnut oil and shaved aged cheese… add some lemon rind for a piquant zest.

Spiced Grilled Chicken Open-Faced Sandwich Topped with Gruyere Fondue and Butternut Squash & Apple Jelly

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