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Grilled Halloumi Skewers with Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

Grilled Halloumi Skewers with Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

Bronzed, Grilled Halloumi teams with Asparagus and Shallots  – in this easy preparation. Dazzle with a Balsamic Reduction with Local Spring Strawberries. When grilled, Halloumi has a golden brown, crispy exterior, a soft, gooey interior – and a wonderfully salty-savory flavor. The quick Balsamic-Honey reduction is enriched with a few tablespoons of crushed (minced) local […]

Karens's Very Veggie Pasta Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

Karen’s Very Veggie Pasta Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

THE pasta salad for any gathering, picnic or barbecue. Healthy Veggies surround Pasta and a Zesty Parsley Vinaigrette. See all my methods and tips for success! Perfect for your Memorial Day Celebration! Also See: 22 Spring Memorial Day Recipes How to make the BEST Pasta Salad: Choose the right pasta – a small sized on […]

Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Burger with Zesty Ranch

22 Spring Memorial Day Recipes

Fantastic, Healthy & Creative Recipes to Celebrate the Holiday with Friends & Family! See NEW: THE Pasta Salad you should be making! Nothing could be a more typical, totally American dessert than Strawberry Shortcake! I’ve reworked the ingredients using Rhubarb and Blueberries. The perfect ending to your Memorial Day Celebration. Let’s Get Cooking! Celebrate Memorial […]

Sesame Sea Scallops with Gingery Asian-ish Glass Noodles

Sesame Sea Scallops with Gingery Asian-ish Glass Noodles

Crispy Sesame Coated Scallops are teamed with Sweet Potato Noodles, a Gingery Dressing and a Bevy of Healthy Vegetables. Glass Noodles are naturally gluten free, beautifully slippery and a little chewy. This recipe is in Four Parts ~ You will learn: How to Cook Glass Noodles Perfectly Recipe for quick Gingery Asian-ish Dressing Simple & Quick […]

Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)

Karen’s Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)

A creamy stirred irresistible Risotto with the added sweetness of peas; purée adds color, texture and flavor! Coconut is subtle yet adds a complementary sweet-nutty edge. Risotto is a traditional Northern Italian dish, and a common way to cook rice in Italy. It’s a creamy & tender mixture made from a starchy short or medium-grained […]

Asparagus, Rice Noodle & Pulled Chicken Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Asparagus, Rice Noodle & Pulled Chicken Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

A Cool Asian Noodle Salad includes a healthy mix of ingredients and a Sensational Blender Sesame Dressing – Gluten Free What a delicious salad for Spring – especially when asparagus has been freshly harvested on a local farm. There are a few components of the salad that can be made AHEAD OF TIME! Cooked Rice Noodles: I […]

A cut piece of Greek Leek Pie, ready to eat

Karen’s Leek Pie (quiche) with a “Magic Crust”

A Creamy Savory Pie includes Sweet and Juicy Leeks dotted with Feta and Fresh Tarragon. It’s crustless! Gluten Free Flour is added to the custard and forms and unique magic crust! The “Magic Crust” forms on the bottom of the pie plate thanks to some flour in the custard. I have used Gluten Free Flour… […]

NEW RECIPE: Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie

Karen’s Appetizers / Hors d’oeuvres & Soups for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here – time to organize and cook delicious, homemade food! Here are my best-loved appetizers to make ~ from inventive to classics… with healthy twists! Cheesy Options: A crowd-pleasing Melty-Cheese Appetizer that’s easy to make and fun to eat! Sauté Red Onions low & slow, add apples and seasonings and simply top […]

Karen’s Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy

Karen’s Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey, Gravy and All the Sides to Make, Serve & Devour!

Thanksgiving is upon us ~ One of my favorite times to cook delicious food for friends and family. Here are my best-loved dishes to cook ~ classics with healthy twists! Also see: Karen’s Appetizers / Hors d’ouevres & Soups for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Desserts! My Favorite Scrumptious Holiday Recipes! Thanksgiving Recipes Start Here! I’ve got you covered […]

Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie

Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie

A crowd-pleasing Melty-Cheese Appetizer that’s easy to make and fun to eat! Sauté Red Onions low & slow, add apples and seasonings and simply top a wheel of brie and bake. THE Perfect Appetizer for Thanksgiving… and any holiday! Get the Party Started! To serve ~ have fun assembling, add the Baked Brie to a […]

Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

Thanksgiving Desserts! My Favorite Scrumptious Holiday Recipes!

Delicious Desserts – Something for Everyone! What would you think is the quintessential holiday dessert? See my picks – 18 to choose from. Creative &  Updated Classics with Healthy Twists! Something Apple: An impressive freeform type of apple pie – sliced apples are placed on a round of flaky dough, edges get folded over then baked until […]

Karen's Amazing Apple Galette

Karen’s Amazing Apple Galette

An impressive freeform type of apple pie – sliced apples are placed on a round of flaky dough, edges get folded over then baked until golden… so delish! Perfect for Thanksgiving!  I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving… and what desserts I want to make & serve. I though this recipe would be enjoyed by all ~ […]

Skillet Stir-Fried Blackened Green Beans

Skillet Stir-Fried Blackened Green Beans

Dip these irresistible Crunchy Blackened Green Beans into my Roasted Garlic Remoulade Dip with Bread & Butter Pickles! CRUNCH- FLAVOR + EASE… one of my favorite veggie dishes to make! Makes an interesting Side-Dish for your Thanksgiving Table too! Use any fresh beans you like – Green Beans and or Yellow Wax Beans… or a combination […]

Karen's Quick Butterflied Shrimp & Garlic

Karen’s Quick Butterflied Shrimp & Garlic

A simple recipe that is simply delicious! A good dose of thinly sliced garlic in a wine-butter-thyme sauce that’s comes together quickly. Serve on its own or toss with some pasta or crusty bread. Garlic Chives… if you have them, makes the dish special.  I served this delicious Garlicky Dish at my “Cooking with Garlic” […]

Thai Inspired Honeynut Squash Soup with a Toasted Rice Garnish

Karen’s 21 Fabulous Winter Squash Recipes!

It’s Winter Squash Season in Fall! Learn how to prepare and cook many varieties…in these well tested and modern recipes – 21 to choose from. Winter Squash is harvested in the fall and has a hard rind, which allows it to keep well for months. Summer Squash has a thinner, edible rind and is harvested in […]

Fall Crostini with Whipped Roasted Butternut Squash Goat Cheese and Fresh Figs

Fall Crostini with Whipped Roasted Butternut Squash Goat Cheese and Fresh Figs

THE Fall Appetizer – almost too pretty to eat featuring in-season Fresh Figs. Goat Cheese is whipped with Roasted Butternut Squash and topped with Fresh Figs, Maple-Balsamic Drizzle and Fresh Rosemary. Satisfying, Easy and Real Crowd Pleasers! Just filling enough with healthful ingredients. All About Crostinis: A crostini is a toasted bread appetizer or snack […]

Karen's Easy Baked Chicken Breast with Mustard, Apples & Honey

Karen’s Easy Baked Chicken Breast with Mustard, Apples & Honey

Juicy & Tender Chicken Breasts that are simple to prepare with wonderful complimentary flavors. Marinate, Season, top with Apple Slices & Bake. I’m LOVING the 3 ingredient Apple Cider Sauce for drizzling.  Three Easy Steps: Marinate the chicken in Coconut Milk and Grated Garlic Season the chicken with spices, a coating of grainy mustard and […]

A finished serving of Karen's Spaghetti alla Nerano: Zucchini & Pasta Lightened-Up

Karen’s Spaghetti alla Nerano: Zucchini & Pasta Lightened-Up

A total Ode to Stanley Tucci’s CNN “Searching for Italy” series which he shed light on this terrific dish in a hotel kitchen on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. I have ROASTED Zucchini instead of fried… and added lots to the final dish! Easy, economical and one you should master! When the actor Stanley Tucci visited Nerano, a […]

Karen's Thai Basil Mince Chicken & Basil

Karen’s Thai Basil Mince Chicken Stir- Fry

A Stir-Fry with True Restaurant Quality Flavor! A redux of the Thai dish Pad Krakow Gai – with extra vegetables and totally Gluten Free. Comforting, savory, aromatic, and garlicky – can be as spicy as you like!! In Thai, pad means “stir-fried,” krapow means “holy basil,” and gai is “chicken,” so literally, “stir-fried holy basil chicken.” […]

Marinate a colorful array of Heirloom Tomatoes in my Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

Crazy for Heirlooms – 24 Tomato Recipes to Cook Now!

Summer is my favorite season – and Heirloom Tomatoes are my best-loved fruit (botanically.) See ALL the Recipes: Salads, Soups, Condiments, Fresh Tomato Sauce, Risotto and More! Salads Featuring Heirloom Tomatoes: Heirloom Tomatoes are at their peak right now – take advantage of their superior taste and beautiful hues. A wonderful summer pasta salad – […]

Candyland Marinated Tomatoes with Pasta & Halloumi Cheese

Candyland Marinated Tomatoes with Pasta & Halloumi Cheese

The Best Pasta Dish of the Summer Season! Marinated Candyland Tomatoes are tossed with Pasta, Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs, Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Softened Red Onions and Fresh Basil Leaves. These little cuties ~ Candyland Tomatoes (named after the classic children’s board game) are just about ½-inch in diameter – yet every bit is packed with super sweet, […]

White Peach & Raspberry Cobbler - Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

White Peach & Raspberry Cobbler – Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

A wonderful summer dessert when peaches are ripe & juicy! Perfectly sweetened with easy crispy yet tender drop biscuits. I love to serve with my Caramel Vanilla Bean Vegan Ice Cream Reasons to make this Cobbler: Quite easy to prepare: 2 Steps – Bake peach filling part way; Make cobbler topping, drop on top & […]

Karen's Spanish-Style Grilled Bread With Tomato

Karen’s Spanish-Style Grilled Bread With Tomato

Pan con Tomate: bread with tomato has never tasted so good! Grilled Garlicky Bread, Grated Heirloom Tomatoes with Topping Options I Love. Variation: Zucchini & Garlic topping!  A simple EASY recipe using stellar ingredients! The Method: Brush bread slices with a fruit olive oil Broil or grill bread until toasty and edges have blackened  Cut […]

Gluten Free Summertime Panzanella Tomato Salad

NEW Summer Cooking Class August 1, 2023 Leicht Greenwich

See my latest COOKING CLASSES here! I’m teaching a wonderful menu celebrating Summer’s Heirloom Tomato Bounty! Class held in the modern and roomy Leicht Kitchen Studio in Greenwich, CT Enjoy delicious food and up-close techniques and skills to make yourself an accomplished cook. Help participate, or sit back and enjoy four courses & a surprise […]

Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

A simple pasta dish LOADED with two kinds of Fresh Peas – simple sautéed with Garlic then folded with Pasta and a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce (which is cashew based.)                  How to Make a Pasta Dish Healthier? Add MORE VEGGIES!  There are almost as many peas in […]

Karen's Lemon-Oregano Marinade with Fennel Salad and Perfect Grilled Chicken

Fennel Salad and Perfect Grilled Chicken with Karen’s Lemon-Oregano Marinade

Packed with Zesty Flavor, Crunchy Texture – a Salad to Savor! A refreshing mix of Fennel, Vadalia Onions, Fresh Peaches, Local Cucumbers & Perfect Grilled Lemony Marinated Chicken TODAY ~ Here are Two Recipes! 1. Karen’s Lemon-Oregano Marinade 2. Fennel Salad and Perfect Grilled Chicken (that has been marinated in the Lemon-Oregano Marinade) Fennel has a […]

Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Corn, Green Bean & Tomato Salad

Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Corn, Green Bean & Tomato Salad

Crispy Romaine with a smoky essence – topped with Farm Fresh Veggies, Lemony Tahini Dressing and Garlic Sourdough Toasted Breadcrumbs  A brilliant technique! Romaine Lettuce halves are grilled until slightly charred offering a gently smoky essence. Lettuce remains crispy ~ add a bevy of veggies, dressing, and crispy breadcrumbs for extra crunch & flavor. Elements of […]

Coconut Milk Crème Brûlée with Roasted Strawberry Compote with Rum

Coconut Milk Crème Brûlée with Roasted Strawberry-Rum Compote

A lightened-up recipe with creamy deliciousness – a crackled sugar top is complemented with a fruity roasted sauce. These small sized Crème Brûlées are the perfect indulgent dessert with less fat than traditional recipes… and no heavy cream!   Crème Brûlée is French for “burnt cream” which refers to the caramelized sugar on top of custard. Perfect […]

Cool Beet Soup with Kefir and Pickled Beet Stems

Cool Beet Soup with Kefir and Pickled Beet Stems

A Delicious Cold Blender Beet Soup with personality! Steam fresh beets – then whirl with healthy Kefir and seasonings – it’s that easy! Serve with garnishes that ARE ELEMENTS OF THE SOUP! Garnishes not only look pretty – they are elements of the soup! Topping with Fresh Dill, Sliced Garlic Scapes (so Spring), Pickled Beet […]

Skillet Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries & Tarragon

Skillet Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries & Tarragon

An easy skillet dish – Tender Chicken, Crispy Skin with a Hearty yet Light Pan Sauce with Plenty of Strawberries and Garnished with Tarragon Leaves. Irresistible! Balsamic Vinegar’s home turf of Modena is a small city in northern Italy located in the Emilia-Romagna region, which is also the birthplace of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. See below for […]

Roasted Asparagus & Shaved Heirloom Carrot Salad with a Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Asparagus & Shaved Heirloom Carrot Salad with a Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Local Asparagus Tips & Spears Team with Shaved Multi-Colored Carrots, Lettuces & Sprouts for a Delicious Composed Salad. Add Za’atar coated Mini Goat Cheese Balls and toss all with a Lemony Vinaigrette for an unforgettable salad! SEE 22 Inspirational MEMORIAL DAY RECIPES Here!!! I made this salad last night at my Cooking Class at Leicht […]

Weeknight Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi

My Favorite Shrimp Recipes & NEW: Homemade Panko Popcorn Spiced Shrimp (they’re baked!)

Shrimp is the most popular seafood! For good reason ~ they taste so good, are affordable and cook quickly, making meal preparation easy! Pictured: Homemade Panko Popcorn Spiced Shrimp. Crispy, Crunchy and Drenched in Homemade Panko Crumbs ~ these delicious shrimps are baked on a rack, not deep fried. All the buttery, garlicky and lemony […]

Karen's Spring Vegetable Fried Rice

Karen’s Spring Vegetable Fried Rice

Tossed with my favorite in-season Spring Veggies for a wonderfully healthy dish that’s delicious and fun to make. My method teaches the art of stir-frying – perfectly crisped rice with tender-crisp vegetables and Asian aromatics. Spring Veggies: I’m using Fat Asparagus, Fresh Peas (from the pod), Onions, Scallions, Leeks, Multi-Colored Heirloom Carrots, and Fresh Chives An essence […]

Karen's Spring Green Herbal Ranch Dressing & Salad

Karen’s Spring Green Herbal Ranch Dressing & Salad

A Light and Flavorful Blender Dressing with a Gorgeous Green Hue! Uses Four Fresh Herbs; Thai Basil, Mint, Parsley & Dill I think it is a good time to create a recipe that is simple, comes together in minutes and shows off beautiful Spring herbs and alliums (chives, onions & scallions.) If you can find […]

Karen’s Butternut Squash, Apple, Leek & Goat Cheese Frittata

Karen’s Butternut Squash, Apple, Leek & Goat Cheese Frittata

A light and flavorful frittata that has plenty of vegetables, apples, cheeses & eggs. Creates beautiful Mosaic Layers! Baked until puffy with a creamy-like texture – a meal in itself! The recipe that keeps giving! I can’t stop eating this frittata! Reheats brilliantly! Makes 9 BIG wedge portions. Great for lunch, a light dinner, snack, brunch… […]

oast Turkey with Marsala Gravy, Sautéed Asparagus with Cranberries and Almonds and Layered Purple & Ivory Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving 2022 MAINS & SIDE-DISHES “MY FAVORITE RECIPES”

Thanksgiving is upon us ~ One of my favorite times to cook delicious food for friends and family. Here are my best-loved dishes to cook ~ classics with healthy twists! Main Dishes and Sides: (Next week Appetizers, Soups and Desserts!) Your New Thanksgiving Side Dish! Sweet & Nutty Delicata Squash layered with a Zesty Cider […]

Sautéed Spinach with Lemon, Garlic & Pine Nuts

Sautéed Spinach with Lemon, Garlic & Pine Nuts

The perfect Easy Sauté for a Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish. Great to master for weeknight meals too. Large leaf spinach pairs with golden sliced garlic, lemon rind and toasted pine nuts. Why Large Leaf Fresh Spinach? These leaves have a thicker wall – will not wilt as easily as “baby spinach” found in bags, which […]

Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Your New SIDE DISH for Thanksgiving! Sweet & Nutty Delicata Squash layered with a Zesty Cider Reduction and Topped with Sourdough-Parmesan-Thyme Breadcrumbs that bakes up Crispy & Golden. Yes ~ can be made a few days in advance! Pairs well with all your Thanksgiving Mains. How to Make this Recipe: Prepare Cider-Honey-Butter mixture. Cut Delicata […]

Sunchoke & Squash Soup Recipe

SOUPS ON! My Favorite Soups to Make Right Now

15 Soups to Make right now and into Winter’s Cooler Months. Creative, original soup recipes with wholesome ingredients bursting with flavor. A wonderful collection to try… before I send out all the Thanksgiving essential recipes! Sunchokes lend a creaminess to warm soups, perfectly paired with the velvety smooth Kabocha Squash for a wonderful Fall & […]

Thai Inspired Honeynut Squash Soup with Toasted Rice Garnish

Thai Inspired Honeynut Squash Soup with a Toasted Rice Garnish

My Favorite New Soup of the Season – Perfectly Seasoned and Quite Easy to Prepare. The fabulous creamy texture of Honeynut squash makes a velvety soup – Thai spices from an unexpected place – in a little can… how convenient! Roasted Honeynut Squash is added to a quick base of onions, shallots, ginger and garlic […]

Karen's Chunky Apple Maple Jelly on a Goat Cheese Crostini

Karen’s Chunky Apple Maple Jelly

So Simple and Irresistibly Delicious! The Key is two different Apples and a dose of really good maple syrup. Slather over your morning bread, for use as a topping for crostini as I did. A Chunky Jelly that’s definitely a little syrupy and ready to slather!  I’ve used a Macoun Apple (soft) and an Heirloom Hudson Golden […]

Garlic-Garlic Vinaigrette

Garlic-Garlic Vinaigrette (with my “Garlic Crisp” Recipe for Salads)

I’m Crazy About Garlic! This Amazing Zesty Vinaigrette uses Garlic Three Ways. Minced Garlic ~ Softened Garlic ~ Garlic Oil. Tangy, Garlicky – Liquid GOLD! Drizzle Over Salads and more. My Garlic-Garlic Vinaigrette uses GARLIC THREE WAYS: Raw Garlic; finely chopped Quick Garlic Confit; softened peeled cloves gently cooked in olive oil (a milder flavor […]

Perfectly cooked Garlic Crisps

Karen’s Garlic Crisps

Easy Garlic Chips baked in the oven until crispy and sweet, never bitter. A great accompaniment to toss onto salads, pasta and soup. When your craving an extra Garlic Kick – these crisps are sure to please! Simple to prepare. Sure, you can patiently cut garlic into thin slices… but this gadget does wonders! Leifheit […]

Fabulous Fall Vegetable Soup with Lentils & Buckwheat

Fabulous Fall Vegetable Soup with Lentils & Buckwheat

All your Fall Favorite Veggies with Two Gluten Free Grains (one is actually a seed) – Health in a Bowl! SOUPS ON ~ Warm up with this chunky & hearty broth soup: chop, stir, simmer – ENJOY! Use Vegetable broth for Vegan. I love to make a healthy Vegetable Soup in the Fall using what’s growing […]

Karen’s Garlic Confit ~ A Silky, Spreadable Condiment

Karen’s Garlic Confit ~ A Silky, Spreadable Condiment

Garlic Confit is a “must have” recipe for every cook. Luscious softened garlic surrounded by a blend of healthy oils. Use the cloves and garlic- infused oil for a subtle yet rich flavor. Ok – I’m obsessed with garlic! I rarely cook without it. Nicknamed “the stinking rose” – it’s the most common flavoring agent in […]

Karen's German Pink Pearl Apple Cake

Karen’s German Apple Cake with Pink Pearl Apples

Welcome Fall! Time to bake with freshly picked sweet & tart apples. An easy and delicious butter-moist cake is “sunken” as the apples are fanned and placed over the batter, which then rises up around them as the cake bakes. Top with my Maple Caramel Sauce for a little decadence! These Pink Pearl Apples are […]

Very Veggie Summer Grilled Pizza

Karen’s Very Veggie Grilled Summer Pizza

Summer is a Wonderful Time to Grill Pizza! All Vegetables Have Local-Picked Flavor. My simple pizza dough recipe is easy to work with and gets blackened on the grill.  Use VEGGIES you like… I have used a mix of: Fairy Tale Eggplant (the little guys), Zephyr Zucchini, Yellow Pattypan Squash, Red Onion, Red, Orange & […]

The No-Cook Yellow Tomato Sauce with another type of Pasta : Greek Long Macaroni

No-Cook Heirloom Yellow Tomato Sauce with Pasta

For Tomato Lovers! A simple and delicious sauce – serve over pasta with plenty of basil leaves. Puréed Tomatoes team with sliced cherry & oblong Heirloom Tomatoes with Cooked Garlic Cloves in Olive Oil – a light and flavorful “No-Cook” Sauce! What is a No-Cook Tomato Sauce? The skins are not removed and the sauce is […]

Summer Roasted Cod with Caramelized Zucchini & Tomatoes

Summer Roasted Cod with Zucchini & Tomatoes and a Fresh Garlicky Breadcrumb Topping

All Roasted on a Single Sheet Pan – Incredible Caramelized Vegetables Surround Fresh Garlicky Breadcrumb Roasted Cod.  A healthy and delicious dinner when vegetables are at their peek of flavor.  I’m loving the flavors that accompany this perfectly roasted Cod! The freshest summer veggies – summer squash, zucchini & heirloom tomatoes (my favorite!) are roasted until […]

Gluten Free Summertime Panzanella Tomato Salad

20 Best Summer Salads! And NEW: Karen’s Summer Greek Salad with Peaches & Fennel

My collection of FABULOUS, Creative & Healthy Salads for Everyday and Special Occasions. The freshest ingredients produce the most flavorful salads! Summer salads are about mixing up nature’s bounty ~ “the true taste of summer!” I’ve added Fresh Summer Peaches and Fennel (found at a farmers’ market) to classic ingredients of the Greek Salad. Adds […]

Karen's Greek Salad with Peaches and Fennel

Karen’s Summer Greek Salad with Peaches & Fennel

I’ve added Fresh Summer Peaches and Fennel (found at a farmers’ market) to classic ingredients of the Greek Salad. Adds interesting flavors and natural sweetness. I use crispy Romaine Lettuce, Local Red Leaf Lettuce, Heirloom Tomatoes, Purple Peppers, Red Onions, Colorful Radishes, Cucumbers, Kalamata Olives, Sheep Milk Feta, Dill and Parsley. The Salad is Topped with […]

Custard Rice Pudding with Berries

Karen’s Custard Rice Pudding with Berries

The Ultimate Comfort Food –  Baked Creamy Rice Pudding made with Jasmine Rice – Enriched with Coconut Milk. I’m serving the rice pudding with red & golden raspberries from a farmers’ market and a drizzle of blackberry sauce.  I found these sweet & delicious raspberries at my local farmers’ market grown By Smith’s Acres Farm in […]

The finished blackberry sauce to drizzle over the custard rice pudding

Karen’s Quick Blackberry Sauce

I love this quick blackberry sauce for drizzling on many desserts – especially my Custard Rice Pudding with Berries. Make the sauce when the blackberries taste sweet and not too sour. Drizzle this on everything… Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Cakes and Crepes! Enjoy! Karen I love this quick blackberry sauce for drizzling on many desserts […]

Karen's Shaved Asparagus White Pizza

Karen’s Shaved Asparagus White Pizza

Asparagus adds a veggie element and texture to the Perfect White Pizza! Make 2 pizzas loaded with flavor with wonderful Shaved Asparagus with Garlic, a White Sauce underneath and Three Cheeses. The AT-HOME Pizza Craze is on fire! Thanks to the many new Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven & Portable Pizza Ovens on the market […]

Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

Quattro Colore Beet Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

I can’t get enough of the earthy-sweetness of Beets! Especially in summer when they are just pulled from the ground in a myriad of colors.  A Simple Beet Salad Showing Off Their Natural Glorious Colors. Four different colored beets are sliced with a pungent vinaigrette and pickled onions. For the Quattro Colore Beet Salad – […]

Corn Salad with Browned Butter Vinaigrette

Corn Salad with Browned Butter Vinaigrette

Fresh Corn off the Cob teams with Heirloom Green Tomatoes and tossed with a Nutty & Toasted Brown Butter Vinaigrette. Fresh Zesty Flavors with Crunch! A treasured Summer Recipe. I like this color combo – minimalist; just yellow & green. These tiger striped green heirloom tomatoes are incredibly sweet and low in acid. The vinaigrette […]

Karen's Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend on perfectly cooked grilled chicken over naan bread

What To Cook Right Now in Summer: First Week of July

Summer is finally here – that means fresh Fruits & Veggies Galore! Time to get out and enjoy the grill and enjoy the BBQ season. Here is a sample of some Summer Recipes I’m excited to make now – Using the season’s freshest ingredients. Always Lightened-Up with Health in mind. Get Grilling with these two […]

Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes on platter with basil

Karen’s Puttanesca Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

Intensely Flavored Rice Salad with Mediterranean Flavors: Olives, Onions, Garlic, Capers and Fresh Herbs – Served Cold or Room Temperature.  A wonderful side dish or light lunch! Terrific addition to Summer Meals & Picnics. Next week – Look for my FAVORITE SUMMER RECIPES to make right now! Summer Tomatoes will soon be ready to be […]

A serving of Asparagus Frittata with Roasted Peppers & Dill

Asparagus Frittata with Roasted Peppers & Dill

A light and flavorful casserole that is layered with vegetables, cheese, eggs & herbs. Baked until puffy with a creamy-like texture – a meal in itself! A light dish – with a very creamy consistency with beautiful layers & color contrasts. Serve as a meal with a seasonal salad – for lunch – for brunch […]

Karen’s Cajun- Style Blackened Redfish with Summer Herbs in a Cast Iron Skillet

Karen’s Cajun- Style Blackened Redfish with Summer Herbs in a Cast Iron Skillet

Cajun Seasoning Enlivens Red Fish – Blackened in Minutes in a Cast Iron Skillet. Glazed with a Browned Butter Pan-Sauce with Garlic and Many Summer Herbs. See my Recipe: Karen’s Best Cajun Seasoning Blend MY RECIPE has all the flavor – yet not using all the butter of typical recipes. Chef Paul, who I have admired, […]

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