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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 […]

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 […]

Burst Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes over Pasta & Shrimp

Marvelous Recipes for Mother’s Day – A Zest for Life

Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with some delicious home cooking. Always healthy, inventive ~ using the finest ingredients. Spring seasonal flavors all will love! 27 Recipes to choose from. CREATIVE SALADS: 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 – […]

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 Gluten-Free Matzo Balls – Large and Mini

Karen’s Best of Passover Recipes 2024 ~ For the Seder and Beyond!

Healthful and Hearty Passover Recipes you can make with confidence. For the Seder and through the Eight Days… Brighten up the holiday with some creative, colorful and healthy dishes ~ from Soup to Dessert. Find all the inspiration you need here to plan a Passover menu that you and your guests will love. This recipe […]

Karen's Persian Love Cake Gluten Free

Karen’s Persian Love Cake – Gluten Free

There is a lot to LOVE about this cake! Rose water (my recipe) adds a bloom of floral notes to this super-moist cake adorned with pistachios and dried rose petals. Gluten free and adaptable for Passover.  I Simply ♥️ This Cake! Flavor: Lingering Rose Water essence/fragrance, floral notes but not overpowering Hints of Lemon and […]

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 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 […]

Classic french Onion Soup in white modern crocks on a wooden board with vintage linens

Best Winter Soups! Healthy, Comforting & Warming

21 Soups to Make right now in Winter’s Cooler Months. Creative, original soup recipes with wholesome ingredients bursting with flavor. A wonderful collection – get cooking! Oh-La-La ~ Warm up with a Classic Crock of Onion Soup with a Secret Ingredient – Shiitake Mushrooms! Using Vegetable & Chicken Broths – no beef broth. A bowl […]

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. […]

Peruvian Grilled Chicken Paillard with Citrus, Herb & Aji Amarillo Pepper Marinade

Fabulous Salads to make now in Winter

Healthful Salads using the Freshest Ingredients available in Winter. Hearty and loaded with fiber and natural goodness. Say NO to boring salads! Learn how to combine crisp ingredients with special vinaigrettes to make Winter blues a little more exciting & delicious!  Salads with Chicken: Packed with Zesty Flavor, Crunchy Texture – a Salad to Savor! […]

Spatchcocked Smoky Chili Seasoned Chicken

Karen’s Spatchcocked Smoky Chili Seasoned Chicken

A well seasoned Spatchcocked Chicken (flattened) that produces a crispy skin and unbelievable tender meat. Dry Brine for 24 hours, add whole lemon & garlic bulb halves and simply roast. So Delish! My Smoky Chili Seasoning & Rub adds incredible flavor! Which do you prefer Light or dark pieces? Both well seasoned and delicious. The Biggest […]

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 […]

Karen's Thai Tomato Coconut Soup with Lentils and Silken Tofu

Karen’s Thai Tomato Coconut Soup with Lentils and Silken Tofu

A creamy delicious Vegan soup that boasts a bevy of protein with Panang curry flavors. The toppings make it most special! Packed with healthy ingredients and zesty Thai seasonings.  Yes ~ Creamy Deliciousness… I blend half the soup until smooth, leaving some wonderful texture. Winter is here, and it’s SOUP-MAKING-TIME in my Kitchen! Love soup […]

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 […]

Holiday Rocky Road Candy - Gluten Free

2023 Holiday Cookies and Desserts that are Crave Worthy!

Get baking with my line up of Holiday Cookies & Desserts to Eat, Share & Enjoy! You’ll love my new Rocky Road Candy plus 22 more creative & delicious recipes. (Press on titles for recipes) For the holidays – do not miss: More Holiday Party Nibbles & Hors d’oeuvres for 2023 This classic Rocky Road recipe is studded […]

Holiday Rocky Road Candy - Gluten Free

Karen’s Holiday Rocky Road Candy – Gluten Free

This classic Rocky Road recipe is studded with nuts and marshmallows ~ makes many sliced squares for eating, serving & gift giving. I’m adding traditional Shortbread Chunks ~ see my Gluten Free delicious recipe! An Easy & Fun Recipe to make! Melted chocolate are encased with nuts, marshmallows & cubed shortbread. I do not use […]

Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

More Holiday Party Nibbles & Hors d’oeuvres for 2023

Must-Make Crave-Worthy Appetizers for People Who Love Party Food! 32 of them! Includes my favorite Creative & Healthier options from Latkes to Crostinis. Get the party started!  Latkes: Hanukkah Latkes are that ethereal treat; a potato mixture made by dropping large tablespoons into a skillet of shimmering, hot oil. Karen’s Best Latke Latkes are crispy, naturally […]

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 […]

Skillet Stir-Fried Blackened Green Beans

Roasted Garlic Remoulade Dip with Bread & Butter Pickles

A luscious southern-style remoulade sauce (a fancy-spiced flavored mayonnaise.) Use as a dip for my Stir-Fried Blackened Green Beans My version of an early Creole recipe. Because of the creamy texture and bevy of assertive ingredients, it’s easier to compare this version to the tartar sauce-like remoulade within classical French cuisine. Add some cool flavorings such as […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 Mosaic Carrot Kugel with Dill

Best Passover 2023 Recipes! Plus NEW: Karen’s Mosaic Carrot Kugel with Dill

Healthful and Hearty Passover Recipes you can make with confidence. For the Seder and through Eight Days… Brighten up the holiday with some creative, colorful and healthy dishes ~ from Soup to Dessert. Find all the inspiration you need here to plan a Passover menu that you and your guests will love. WOW-Factor! A light soufflé-like […]

Karen's Mosaic Carrot Kugel with Dill

Karen’s Mosaic Carrot Kugel with Dill

A Delicious Veggie Side-Dish for Passover, Easter or anytime! A light soufflé-like kugel studded with colorful carrots that creates a mosaic look that’s stunning! WOW-Factor! A pretty simple recipe that produces a stunning kugel casserole – you cut in squares. The texture is light and airy – eggs surround the carrots (that are cubed 1/2″) […]

Egyptian Sheet Pan Dukkah Salmon with Veggies & Chickpeas

Egyptian Sheet Pan Dukkah Salmon with Veggies & Chickpeas

Weeknight delicious! Distinctive Dukkah Seasoning gets a revamp with Lemon Essence. Roast all on one pan. Top with a simple Minted Herb-Yogurt Sauce and Mint Leaves. A fabulous all-in one pan cooking perfect for weeknights, company and holidays… think Easter and Passover! Dukkah seasoning lends tons of Middle Eastern savory flavors to the salmon; the veggies and […]

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 […]

Gluten Free Corn Tortilla “Lasagne” with Green Veggies and Roasted Red Pepper Chile Sauce

Corn Tortilla “Lasagne” with Green Veggies and Roasted Red Pepper Chile Sauce

Naturally Gluten Free – A New twist on Lasagne!  Layer it up and enjoy an extra bevy of vegetables with three cheeses between the tortilla layers. Dried Guajillo Chiles enhance the zesty Roasted Pepper and Tomato Sauce with a mild kick. Elements of this Lasagne you will Love: Naturally Gluten Free using cut tortillas in […]

Karen's Roasted Pepper and Tomato Chile Sauce

Karen’s Roasted Pepper and Tomato Chile Sauce

Delightfully creamy & robust  – a nice mix of Red Roasted Peppers, San Marzano Tomatoes, Garlic and Guajillo Chiles. A versatile tomato based sauce with a spicy kick. Simple Ingredients: Roasted Red Pepper, San Marzano Tomatoes, Guajillo Chile Peppers, Garlic, Tomato Paste and Mexican Oregano. Guajillo peppers have a rich, slightly earthy, and fruity flavor profile with […]

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 Grilled Chicken Paillard with Citrus, Herb & Aji Amarillo Pepper Marinade

Peruvian Grilled Chicken Paillard with Citrus, Herb & Aji Amarillo Pepper Marinade

Glorious Flattened Chicken Breasts are bathed in a Zesty & Pungent Peruvian Citrus Marinade and simply grilled. Add lettuces and a raw vegetable salad for a  healthy meal. After a hour in the zesty marinade – the flattened chicken is simply grilled – it’s that easy! I have used a cast iron grill pan indoors […]

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

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

TINGA is a Mexican Specialty with pulled chicken in a full- flavored Chipotle-Tomato Sauce.  Moderately spicy and definitely smokey – top warm corn tortillas and add veggies of your choice such as Charred Corn & Onions, Avocado, Radishes and Herbs. Cotija cheese tops them off.  Great for a weeknight meal – or invite friends for […]

French-Style Cod & Vegetable Chowder

French-Style Cod & Vegetable Chowder

A healthy chowder with vibrant French flavors and colors. Loaded with vegetables and perfectly seasoned with French aromatics. Healthy & filling, yet light! Now, in Winter – this chowder really satisfies and tingles your tastebuds. Atlantic cod is sweet-flavored fish that absorbs surrounding flavors in a dish. So, most importantly we are going to season […]

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, […]

Southwest Style Green Shakshuka with Hatch Chili Oil

Great Recipes for New Year’s Day Brunch

Ring in the New Year with some Home Cooked Delicious and Healthy Food you make yourself! Stay in and enjoy a leisurely brunch – many recipes can be made ahead of time. My Newest Obsession! In between toasted Challah Bread lies Creamy Eggs, Shiitake “Bacon”, Sesame Kale Crisps, Cheddar Cheese and a Gochugaru Sauce. Your next favorite […]

Karen's Revamped Korean Egg Sandwich with Gochugaru Sauce

Karen’s Revamped Korean Egg Sandwich with Gochugaru Sauce

In between toasted Challah Bread lies Creamy Eggs, Shiitake “Bacon”, Sesame Kale Crisps, Cheddar Cheese and a Gochugaru Sauce. Your next favorite Brunch Dish ~ All the elements melt in your mouth surrounded by buttery crispy bread. My riff on this egg sandwich is named after the South Korean restaurant, Egg Drop. A Vegetarian Version […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Karen's Thai Chili Glaze & Dipping Sauce

Karen’s Thai Glaze & Dipping Sauce

A quick and flavorful Sauce and Glaze – It is sweet yet boasts a good amount of flavor from Garlic, Ginger, Chilis and Red Scallions. A wonderful DIP for Spring Rolls – fresh or fried. Be creative!! I’m using it as a GLAZE for Poached Salmon… also think as a glaze for chicken or veggies right off the […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

Korean Gochugaru Marinade combines this bright red chile powder: Gochugaru – a medium-spicy coating to drench chicken prior to grilling with additional garlic & ginger. Finger-Licking Good! If you like your chicken super-flavorful, good & spicy with an eye catching color – this recipe is for you! Let’s learn about Korean Gochugaru Chiles – and make a chile-laced marinade, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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