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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 […]

Karen's Weeknight Simple Coconut Rice

Karen’s Weeknight Simple Coconut Rice

Fluffy yet Creamy Coconut Rice ~ the perfect Side Dish! Delicious, Vegan and a snap to make in less than 20 minutes. What to LOVE: Fragrant, Delicious with a lingering natural coconut flavor Cooks perfectly separated, yet a creamy texture – in less than 20 minutes! Never gluey or mushy Reheat beautifully! Options to add […]

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 […]

Karen's Roasted Vegetables with Tahini-Garlic Drizzle

Karen’s Roasted Vegetables with Tahini-Garlic Drizzle

How to Successfully Season, Roast and Serve an Assortment of Vegetables. Healthy and delicious – great for weeknight meal building, or serving a crowd. This recipe make a LARGE platter of assorted Vegetables! ~ Perfect for any holiday and can be made early in the day. Think: Easter, Passover, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Mother’s Day […]

Karen's Composed Chicken Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Composed Chicken Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

A thick Blender Dressing with healthful ingredients adorn this easy, tasty and visually beautiful Salad! Use a Rotisserie Chicken and slice – add Lettuces, Veggies, Walnuts, Green Goddess Dressing and a dusting of Pink Peppercorns A Comforting Healthful Chicken Salad made easy with Rotisserie Chicken Breasts *see what type of chicken I buy! Layer the […]

Speedy Greek Sautéed Shrimp with Fennel, Dill & Ouzo

Speedy Greek Sautéed Shrimp with Fennel, Dill & Ouzo

A wonderful shrimp sauté with a harmonious balance of flavors. Wonderful topped with Greek Feta Cheese, lots of Dill and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine. A Quick Sauté: Rub Shrimp with seasonings; set aside as you cook the vegetables Cook shrimps in EVOO until golden on both sides, but not cooked through Sauté Fennel […]

Goat Cheese Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette - Inspired by Alice Waters

Goat Cheese Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette – Inspired by Alice Waters

Goat Cheese Medallions are Coated with Crispy Quinoa over Lettuces and Vegetables and Drizzled with a Zesty Blood Orange Vinaigrette. Gluten Free. This vibrant salad is one of my favorites. My take on Alice Water’s Goat Cheese Salad served at Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA. Alice’s iconic salad coats the goat cheese medallions with breadcrumbs and […]

Karen's Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Karen’s Blood Orange Vinaigrette

A Tart- Sweet Vinaigrette with a Gorgeous Hue and lots of Zesty Favor! Simply whisked together. Adds a super pop of color to all your salad creations! A very juicy vinaigrette with just enough extra virgin olive oil to emulsify. I squeeze my own blood oranges! I like a little pulp in the vinaigrette. I […]

Karen's Moroccan Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Harissa Vinaigrette

Karen’s Moroccan Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Harissa Vinaigrette

Easy – Gorgeous & Healthy Roasted Carrots are topped with Sprouts & Endive and bathed in a Hearty Harissa Vinaigrette The EASY Method: Scrub Carrots, trim ends – add to a roasting sheet pan Add Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Chili Flakes Roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, turn over, cook 5 minutes more […]

Orange-Chipotle Glazed Salmon

Outrageous Orange-Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon

Salmon Fillets Beautifully Caramelize in a Pan for an Easy Weeknight Dish. The Zesty Orange-Chipotle Glaze doubles as a marinade – less work for you! It’s Citrus Season and oranges are bursting with juicy flavor! The Flavors: Rich citrus orange flavor from the Freshly Squeezed Juice and Orange Rind Smoky essence from the Chipotle Peppers […]

Easy Russet Fries with My Sazón Seasoning

Karen’s Oven Fries! Three Recipes: Seasoned Russets, Celeriac and Sweet Potatoes

My go-to weeknight staple… oven fries! Crispy and tender inside – cooks quickly and perfectly seasoned. Unlike fried potatoes -oven fries retain their vitamins and minerals Sazón Seasoned Russet Oven Fries: Crispy and Full Of Flavor – Toss with a little EVOO and my seasonings for the ultimate Oven Fries! Delicious Option: adding Parmesan & Parsley. […]

Sazón Seasoned Russet Oven Fries with parmesan & parsley

Easy Russet Oven Fries with My Sazón Seasoning

Crispy and Full Of Flavor – Toss with a little EVOO and my seasonings for the Ultimate Oven Fries! Option: adding Parmesan & Parsley. For a Vegan option, sprinkle on Nutritional Yeast, replacing the parmesan. Keep the skins on for extra fiber! With potatoes you get the energy, potassium (more than a banana) and vitamin C you […]

Karen's Cajun Celeriac Fries

Celeriac Oven Fries with Cajun Seasonings

A fabulous low-carb alternative to potatoes with a nutty-celery flavor. Roasted to perfection with golden edges and just the right amount of heat. Crispy and easy to prepare! Cut the Peeled Celery Root into batonettes (thick chunky-cut) – add them to boiling water to soften and cook for just 3 minutes; drain and pat completely […]

Karen's Smoky Chili Seasoning & Rub

Karen’s Smoky Chili Seasoning & Rub

A well-rounded blend with four different chilies and spices that’s nice and smoky and perfectly blended with a good kick, but not fiery hot. I’m loving it rubbed all over chicken be roasted. Use with coarse salt when dry brining… amazing crispy skin results! Created to add a deep-smoky, spicy aura to many of your […]

Breakfast Fried Egg Tacos with Karen's Bloody Mary Hot Sauce

Breakfast Fried Egg Tacos with Karen’s Bloody Mary Hot Sauce

Wake up your taste buds with these savory tacos! Sunny side up fried eggs top tacos and a bevy of veggies and Mexican cheeses. Top with my homemade spicy hot sauce for the perfect chile-tang Why Do My Egg Yolks Look Super-Orange in Color? I use Pasture Raise Eggs! Free range hens that have access […]

Karen's Somewhat Spicy Bloody Mary Hot Sauce

Karen’s Somewhat Spicy Bloody Mary Hot Sauce

An Easy to Make At-Home Hot Sauce with a great tang and just the right heat! Addition of horseradish, celery seeds, worcestershire sauce and lime juice lends a definite Bloody Mary taste profile. Simple to Make! Add water to your Chili Flakes and let the flavor bloom I love these Sichuan Chili Flakes. Bright red, spicy and […]

Karen's Winter Pesto ~ Arugula + Parsley

Weeknight Cooking – My Favorite Recipes to Learn, Eat & Repeat

My favorite Weeknight Dinners you’ll want to make these over and over again… Weeknight cooking does not need to be bland, unimaginitive and boring – or take hours to prepare. Some inspiration if you are out of ideas – and cook the same dishes over and over again!  Here is what I like to stir […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Karen's Lemony Tahini Dressing

Karen’s Lemony Tahini Dressing

A Creamy Dressing for Salads, Pasta Salads – makes a great dip too for Crudités. Simply whisk in one bowl! Lemony & Garlicky with the addition of Sesame Tahini for a nutty edge. A delicious crisp salad with a smoky essence topped with Karen’s Lemony Tahini Dressing and Garlic Sourdough Toasted Breadcrumbs. Serve the dressing at […]

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 […]

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 Mexican Pulled Chicken Tinga – and how to make fabulous tacos!

Condiments for Flavor – The Little Things Makes the Dish!

Condiments! Yes, these powerhouse RECIPES will add flavor to a bland dish, or were created to enhance the flavor of food. And we all eat for flavor! Tinga Sauce:  Originating in Puebla, Mexico, Chicken Tinga is an adaptable and authentic dish made with shredded chicken in a hearty, spicy red sauce.  The dish likely originated […]

Grilled Asparagus & Hearts of Palm in a quilted pattern with Chimichurri Sauce on a vintage white plate

25 Inventive Spring Recipes – to Get You Cooking!

I’m all about Cooking with the Seasons! Get ready to take on Spring with my FAVORITE RECIPES including lightened-up options, creative first courses, tempting main courses and must-make desserts that. Celebrate this season’s bounty with 25 well-tested recipes! Spring Grilled Asparagus Salad ~ Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing Let’s start here – time to uncover the […]

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 Lemony Dukkah Seasoning

Karen’s Lemony Dukkah Seasoning

I’m adding a burst of natural zesty lemon flavor to traditional Egyptian Dukkah Seasoning. A bright multi-purpose blend – wonderful on salmon. What is Dukkah? (pronounced doo-kah) An Egyptian and Middle Eastern condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, and spices. It is typically used as a dip (adding olive oil) with bread or […]

24 Best Ever A Zest For Life Citrus Recipes

24 Best Ever A Zest For Life Citrus Recipes

Winter is the time for fragrant, juicy, vibrant citrus — now at their peak. I choose a variety to blend the complex flavors. Before Winter Ends – Take Advantage of a Multitude of Citrus to Brighten Every Recipe! Salmon in Parchment with Multi-Citrus Salsa Slow cooked Salmon with a Tart & Zesty Multi-Citrus Salsa is an easy meal […]

Peruvian Citrus & Herb Marinade with Aji Amarillo Peppers

Peruvian Citrus & Herb Marinade with Aji Amarillo Peppers

A zesty and pungent citrus marinade made in a blender with wonderfully spicy and fruity Aji Amarillo Peppers. Fabulous to flavor Chicken, Fish, Vegetables and Vegan Proteins. Perfect with my Grilled Chicken Paillard Salad. Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl – I add some parsley (or use cilantro) at the end for some […]

Karen's Winter Pesto ~ Arugula + Parsley

Karen’s Arugula & Parsley Winter Pesto

A Vibrant Green Pesto with non-traditional ingredients but with all the bite and bursting with flavor. A brilliant pesto with a little peppery, spicy and nutty taste. Anytime can be Homemade Pesto Time! Use the best quality Arugula & Flat Leaf Parsley, I choose organic.  Not just for wintertime – but brilliant in Spring and […]

Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola Parfaits with Yogurt & Berries

Natural Orange, Oat & Nut Granola Parfaits with Yogurt & Berries

Layer Karen’s Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola with Yogurt and Berries in wine glasses or flutes. Perfect for Breakfast, Lightly Lunch, a Snack or Brunch.  Layer as you like! I use non-sweetened yogurt, raspberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries and clementine orange slices (they are small sized with a deep orange hue.) You will find the right […]

Spicy Citrus Chili Shrimp

Spicy Citrus Chili Shrimp and What to Do With Them

An easy and pungent marinade transforms Shrimp with intense flavor. Simply grill with sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet. Add a simple glaze or use as part of a Spa Salad with Roasted Veggies, Rice Noodles and an Asian Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette. A Lightened-Up Version!   Lightened Up and Delicious! For a Light Spa Salad – Serve […]

Citrus Chili Shrimp and what to do with them

Karen’s Spa Asian Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette

A blast of flavors with a citrus essence – a flavorful vinaigrette! Lighter in calories; with less oil. So many uses… I love it drizzled over my Spa Salad with Spicy Grilled Citrus Shrimp & Rice Noodles. High on flavor…lower in calories! A very ZESTY Vinaigrette that can add flavor to so many composed salads, […]

Karen's Gochujang Mild Chili Hot Sauce

Karen’s Mild Gochujang Mild Hot Sauce made with Gochugaru Chili Flakes

A “Mild” well-balanced Hot Sauce with enormous flavor. So simple to make you’ll be amazed! A juicy mix ~ includes fresh red peppers and tomatoes for natural sweetness and Gochugaru Chili Flakes. The drizzling options are endless! Gochugaru are Korean Chili Flakes – are vibrantly red in color and has a mild to moderate spicy taste […]

The BEST Russian Dressing for Roast Turkey

The BEST Easy Russian Dressing for Roast Turkey & Beyond

This easy and ZESTY Russian dressing features just 3 Ingredients! Perfect for dipping turkey, slathering on a sandwich or tossing in a salad. Includes Mayonnaise, Ketchup and Karen’s “Shaken” Italian Dressing. Here’s How I like my Russian Dressing: One part Mayonnaise – I use Organic without Natural Flavorings One part Ketchup – I use Organic without […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hibiscus Tea Poached Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce

Hibiscus Tea Poached Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce

Hibiscus Tea Ofers a deep pink color with sweet and tart flavors – the perfect base for poaching Salmon. Glaze the finished fish with Thai Chili Sauce then spoon over a Creamy Tzatziki.  This recipe has it all! Moist & Delicious Poached Salmon in a colorful Hibiscus Tea Liquid (Court Bouillon) – perfect for cooking […]

Herbal Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce

Quick Herbal Tzatziki Sauce

This Creamy Yogurt Sauce is light, tangy and zesty with herbal notes. Cucumbers are quickly salted, then patted dry and added to the mix. This Creamy Yogurt Sauce is light, tangy and zesty with herbal notes. Cucumbers are quickly salted, then patted dry and added to the mix.

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 […]

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, […]

Spring Salad with Grilled Chicken and Homemade Fig-Balsamic Dressing

Fresh Fig & Herb Balsamic Dressing (using my Fig-Rosemary Jam)

A delicious and aromatic dressing, slightly thickened & sweetened. A restaurant quality dressing best made when figs are in season. The recipe starts with this jam! (see the recipe) Ingredients in this Fabulous Salad: Grilled Sliced Chicken Breast (I brushed some Fig Jam on top just off the grill), Organic Red Butter Lettuce, Watermelon Radish, […]

A gorgeous display of Grilled Vegetables and Ginger-Sesame Sauce

Karen’s Ginger-Sesame Sauce – and what to do with it!

For Dipping, Slathering and Basting – THE Sauce that makes all taste better. Packed with flavor, very low in calories & fat – ginger lends a naturally spicy kick…and a multitude of healthy benefits! Ginger-Sesame Sauce for Dipping & Beyond – tangy with a roasted note and slightly sweet  It’s super easy to make! Add […]

Karen's Basil & Macadamia Nut Pesto

Karen’s Basil & Macadamia Nut Pesto

A Delicious & Easy Pesto using Toasted Macadamia Nuts. Adds a rich and buttery flavor. Whirl in a food processor until creamy with some texture. So simple! Beyond tossing with pasta – the uses are endless! A Delicious & Easy Pesto using Toasted Macadamia Nuts. Adds a rich and buttery flavor.

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