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Chicken and Veggie Tacos with Mulato Chile Sauce

Chicken and Veggie Tacos with Mulato Chile Sauce

Delicious with Authentic Flavors!Warm and Zesty Grilled Chicken & Vegetables are bathed in a Flavorful Chile Sauce. Filling ingredients: Marinated chicken tenderloins, portobello mushrooms, red onions, fresh corn and cotija cheese. Experiment with ingredients you have on hand or love! The flavor profile of Mulato chiles is a bit sweet with hints of smoky chocolate, […]

Karen’s Mulato Chile Sauce

Karen’s Mulato Chile Sauce

An Authentic Sauce for tacos and versatile for many Mexican creations! Mulato Chiles are dried Poblanos. The name Poblanos pays homage to the native region these chiles were first cultivated which is a city in Mexico called Pueblo.The flavor profile of Mulato chiles is a bit sweet with hints of smoky chocolate, licorice, cherries and […]

Artichokes à la Grecque in a white bowl

Artichokes à la Grecque

Spring Recipe: the French version of an antipasto-style vegetable preparation with intense zesty flavors. Learn how to prepare fresh seasonal artichokes!  Vegetables à la grecque is a French dish ~ vegetables are typically slightly pickled in a broth of vegetable stock and wine. I’m swirling in a little butter and serving with fish; great over pasta too! […]

Tomato Risotto – Northern Italian Style

Tomato Risotto – Northern Italian Style

Delicious and Creamy!! I’m using Three Tomatoes – Peeled Plum Tomatoes, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Fresh Sliced Cherry Tomatoes. 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 rice. Arborio is the most popular short-grain […]

Karen's Weeknight Lemon Chicken

Karen’s Weeknight Lemon Chicken

In the style of French “Francaise” ~ this is an updated version, a recipe every cook should master! Easy to make gluten free and for Passover using matzo cake meal. The chicken is very tender, coated with a zesty lemon butter sauce.

Karen’s Gluten Free Matzo

Karen’s Gluten Free Matzo

In my test kitchen, I used carefully measured gluten-free “flours,” pulsed the ingredients in a food processor, rolled and cut the dough, then cooked each piece for a moment in a hot cast iron skillet until it slightly blackened. Finally, the matzo crackers were baked in the oven at a low temperature, just to crisp […]

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew with Pantry Ingredients

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew with Pantry Ingredients

An Aromatic Stew made with pantry ingredients: chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, diced tomatoes in juice, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste, Add fresh ingredients you have – potatoes carrots, onions, spinach and cupboard Mediterranean spices.

Tagine Chicken with Apricots, Dates and Chickpeas

Tagine Chicken with Apricots, Dates and Chickpeas

A Moroccan feast! Perfectly balanced with aromatic spices. “Tagine” recipes are slow-cooked savory stews rich with delicious Mediterranean spices such as, saffron, cumin, cloves and cinnamon. You’ll love the Mediterranean flavors in this one pot good-for-you stew! A rich broth with chopped tomatoes, chicken stock, carrots and chunks of dried dates & apricots with aromatic […]

Bolognese Sauce with Tempeh and Mushrooms: It’s Vegan!

Bolognese Sauce with Tempeh and Mushrooms: It’s Vegan!

This Plant-Based Sauce is a lightened up, hearty and delicious! A recipe to master. Tempeh is a staple protein source and perfect for a vegetarian and vegan diet – a great substitute for meat… really grabs flavors! Cooked with classic techniques: Sweating, Sautéing and Braising.

Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

Sautéed Shrimp in a Hearty Garlic Herbal Butter Sauce Skewered with a Cube of Sourdough Bread to Soak up the Flavors A Simple Scampi Sauce – I’ve added a boost of flavor with fresh herbs, scallions and jalapeño. The perfect Holiday or Party Appetizer! 

Baba Ganoush with Roasted Peppers

Baba Ganoush with Roasted Peppers

Fabulous & Smokey Eggplant Mediterranean Dip & Spread you’ll keep making and enjoying! Healthy and Delicious. A recipe all good cooks should master – the perfect healthy nosh or appetizer.

Blackened Halibut with Cajun Seasonings and Caper Remoulade

Blackened Halibut with Cajun Seasonings and Caper Remoulade

Homemade Cajun Seasonings encrust Fresh Halibut finished with a Quick Caper Remoulade Sauce. Try with my Dirty Rice recipe too.

Karen’s Best Cajun Seasoning Blend

Karen’s Best Cajun Seasoning Blend

The most flavorful Cajun Seasoning Blend with a nice spicy kick! See the important ingredients that make it special. Salt-free ~ add salt when needed.

Beet Tzatziki Sauce with Spiced Chicken Skewers

Beet Tzatziki Sauce with Spiced Chicken Skewers

Healthy and Oh-So Colorful! A Zesty But Light Sauce enriches many recipes and perfect with my Grilled Chicken Skewers. This is a versatile sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to many Mediterranean dishes. You can also slather it on your sandwiches; or simply use it as a dip with warm pita and your favorite vegetables.

Cold Tomato Bread Soup with Basil (Karen’s take on “Salmorejo”)

Cold Tomato Bread Soup with Basil (Karen’s take on “Salmorejo”)

THE Summer Soup to devour! Healthy and delicious ~ a lightened up version with personality, creaminess and flavor. Vegan. My Cold Tomato Bead Soup with Basil is a take on the Andalucia region’s famous soup: Salmorejo from Spain. The ingredients are few – ripe, dark red vine ripened tomatoes are a must.

Mediterranean EVOO Herb & Corn Sauce for Chicken

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.

Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms with Tomatillo Salsa Topping

Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms with Tomatillo Salsa Topping

Delectable with Mexican Spices – these caps are stuffed with flavor! Lots of colorful vegetables and ground turkey.

Thai Coconut Ginger Chicken in an Instant Pot

Thai Coconut Ginger Chicken in an Instant Pot

Stewed Chicken is so tender and delicious in an Instant Pot! This is a favorite recipe of mine I thought I would share. What’s for dinner?? Make this fabulous Thai flavored recipe and eat it for days (reheats wonderfully!) The chicken stays succulent in this rich sauce… but not heavy or too caloric. I always […]

Grilled Pineapple Salsa a la Plancha

Grilled Pineapple Salsa a la Plancha

This vibrant salsa with a bright and fresh taste adds pizzaz to many meals. (Yes you can just devour with a spoon! ) Easy to prepare – pineapple cooks on a seasoned cast iron skillet until beautifully caramelized and golden.

Luscious Tomatillo Sauce

Pressed Grilled Chicken with Luscious Tomatillo Sauce

Lightening up after the Holidays ~ Marinated, Pressed Grilled Chicken with a Zesty Tomatillo Sauce over Quinoa with Veggies – low in calories, high in flavor

Crab Tostadas Bites with Avocado-Cucumber Mash

Crab Tostadas Bites with Avocado-Cucumber Mash

For the recipe: Make Crisp Corn Tortilla Triangles / Lump Crab Salad / Avocado-Cucumber Mash

Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

A Hearty, Healthy & Zesty Soup using 2 cups of diced freshly roasted turkey from your Thanksgiving feast. Make again using leftover chicken!  Instead of classic orzo rice, I have use a medium grain white rice… Calrose rice. It has great natural thickening properties, which is what I love. This soup has tons of vegetables […]

Glazed Hoisin Salmon with Pine Nuts

Glazed Hoisin Salmon with Pine Nuts

A quick and easy meal with amazing flavor! Make my homemade Hoisin Sauce… a game changer for any cook! Shaved Carrot Slaw is colorful, crunchy and delicious. A wonderful weeknight meal, and special enough for company.

Gluten-Free Cacio e Pepe (pasta with pepper and grated cheese)

Cacio e Pepe is a quick and tasty Roman Pasta Dish with a creamy, stirred peppery sauce ~ which is getting a little makeover. I’ve added roasted zucchini and chopped garlic to the traditional recipe ~ delicious! This gluten-free spaghetti is the best I’ve tried… use traditional pasta too. I’ve changed up the classic recipe (yes, […]

Zesty Sumac - Lemon Dressing

Zesty Sumac- Lemon Dressing

A tart an aromatic dressing, perfect for Mediterranean Salads. Pomegranate Molasses adds a boost of flavor and color. Sumac has a lovely, nearly purple color, and a tart flavor that is reminiscent of vinegar or lemon

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’ […]

Crispy Onion Bhajis with Grated Mango Chutney

Crispy Onion Bhajis with Grated Mango Chutney

Pan fried and similar to a fritter, these pop-in-your-mouth treats are simple to make and well worth the effort. Indian seasonings add a punch of flavor – and they are Vegan and Gluten-Free! Bhajis are crispy little fritters – mine are pan-fried, not deep fried. Little morsels packed with flavor and spice!

Quick Scallion Kimchee

Quick Scallion Kimchee

The perfect condiment to add flavor and a layer of heat to many foods. Try it with my Spring Minty Pea Soup

Hummus and Grilled Veggie Tacos with Corn Salsa

Hummus and Grilled Veggie Tacos with Corn Salsa

My favorite hard shell Tacos filled with Za’atar seasoned Hummus and brimming with colorful Vegetables just off the grill. Corn Salsa adds a layer of natural sweetness, heat and crunch. A wonderful meal for a weeknight or special enough for company – these Vegan and Gluten-Free Tacos are healthy, delicious and have great visual appeal! […]

Yogurt Marinated Chicken, Lebanese-Style Garlic Sauce, Harissa Sauce and Pickled Turnips come together for the ultimate Middle Eastern Feast at home

Grilled Lebanese Chicken with Yogurt & Spices

Yogurt Marinated Chicken, Lebanese-Style Garlic Sauce, Harissa Sauce and Pickled Turnips come together for the ultimate Middle Eastern Feast at home. Here is my version of a similar dish: Shish taouk or tawook (chicken kebab) – a Lebanese staple. It is quite a common chicken bbq dish in virtually every Middle Eastern country, and a popular street-food. […]

A little condiment with big, bold flavors

Karen’s Quick Harissa Sauce / Paste

The main ingredients in this zippy and zesty Harissa are chili peppers, red bell pepper, caraway seeds, cumin and extra virgin olive oil. Can alter the spiciness… the pungent and earthy flavor of  the caraway seeds make it special.. and quite versatile! A quick sauce, packed with flavor and gorgeous color. Keep some in the fridge […]

You must try this Lebanese-Style Garlic Sauce – a bold alternative to mayonnaise.

Easy Lebanese Garlic Sauce

You must try this Lebanese-Style Garlic Sauce – a bold alternative to mayonnaise. Called “toum” –  a delicious condiment and can be used as a dip, spread or whisked into many culinary creations. The addition of a little steamed potato, insures the sauce does not break, and tames the garlic’s pungency a bit. This pungent garlic flavor is […]

A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate.

Incredible Mole Chicken & Vegetables on the Stovetop

A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. Slow and even stovetop heat produces succulent ingredients. A one-pot meal… it’s all in there ~ chicken, vegetables, garbanzo beans and a complex just-spicy-enough mole sauce.

A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate.

Incredible Instant Pot Mole Chicken & Vegetables

A Mexican style rich stew with chicken, lots of vegetables, spices, tomatoes, chiles, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. An Instant Pot (easy pressure cooker) produces succulent ingredients. A one-pot meal… it’s all in there ~ chicken, vegetables, garbanzo beans and a complex just-spicy-enough mole sauce.

A few bites of heaven ~ this Spanish tapas recipe has authentic Spanish flavors with sautéed sliced cremini mushrooms, a smoked paprika aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and topped with Spanish Mahón cheese

Spanish Tapas with Mushrooms, Smoked Paprika Aioli and Mahón Cheese

A few bites of heaven ~ this Spanish tapas recipe has authentic Spanish flavors with sautéed sliced cremini mushrooms, a smoked paprika aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and topped with Spanish Mahón cheese

Potato Scaled Fish - oh so French.. oh so delicious!

Potato Scaled Fish – Inspired by Paul Bocuse

An elegant way to prepare fish – try my foolproof recipe to cook this classic dish. Paul Bocuse, the father of French gastronomy inspired the dish… I have added a wonderful Brown Butter-Garlic Drizzle with Parsley Oil Yes – you can learn how to prepare this Classic French Dish, for you, your loved ones or […]

An Instant Pot transforms this Tandoori Chicken into a fall-off-the-bone delicious delight!

Fabulous Tandoori Chicken in an Instant Pot

New Year’s Cooking Resolution: Try Something New. An Instant Pot transforms this Tandoori Chicken into a fall-off-the-bone delicious delight! Recipe given for oven method too.

Homemade chili powder with Guindilla Chiles and Pasilla Negro Chiles

Karen’s Homemade Chili Powder

Use the kick of chili peppers with complementary spices to create lively Mexican or Tex Mex fare. Mildy spicy ~ better than store-bought… you grind it fresh! Used as a spice to add pungency or piquancy and flavor to dishes. Homemade Chili Powder adds authentic essence and a freshly ground chili flavor that’s only mildly […]

Basil, Kale & Chive Pistou

An Herbal Pistou ~ Basil, Kale and Chives with garlic and extra virgin olive oil processed to a creamy paste. Adds a zesty and flavorful essence to soups, brushetta, pasta, vegetables and more! Similar to Pesto, but without nuts. Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese is optional…delicious without.

A wonderful, hearty and healthy Vegetable Soup with Mediterranean ingredients.

Mediterranean Vegetable Soup

Here is how I make a wonderful, hearty and healthy Vegetable Soup with Mediterranean ingredients. This is a guide… use the ingredients you have or prefer to your taste. Easily made gluten-free.

Zesty Caribbean Flavors in the meatballs and this creamy, addictive sauce! Gluten- Free and Dairy Free.

Spiced Caribbean Chicken Meatballs in Coconut Milk Gravy

Zesty Caribbean Flavors in the meatballs and this creamy, addictive sauce! Gluten- Free and Dairy Free. A wonderful main course or the ultimate appetizer.

White Chicken Chili makes a delicious meal full of mildly-spicy Chili Flavor, Red Lentils, Butternut Squash and Chicken.

Chicken-Lentil Chili with Butternut Squash

White Chicken Chili makes a delicious meal full of mildly-spicy Chili Flavor, Red Lentils, Butternut Squash and Chicken. This light & tasty chili gets and extra flavor-pop with my Raw Tomatillo Salsa

A Zesty Salsa with an extraordinary- fresh flavor.

Raw Tomatillo Salsa

A Zesty Salsa with an extraordinary- fresh flavor. Choose tomatillos that are ripe, firm  with a nice vibrant green color.

A Zesty Sauce and Dressing. Great on a stir-fry, grilled proteins or over a salad

Gingery-Miso Dressing

A Zesty Sauce and Dressing. Great on a stir-fry, grilled proteins or over a salad

Grilled Eggplant Rolled with an Herbal Ricotta and Creamy Burrata Cheese Filling and Baked with a Zesty Marinara.

Grilled Eggplant Rollatini with Garlicky Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping

A Summer Pleasure: Grilled Eggplant Rolled with a Herbal Ricotta and Creamy Burrata Cheese Filling and Baked with a Zesty Marinara. Add some crunch and interest with a Garlicky-Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping. Lightened-Up Vegetarian Comfort Food! A lighter touch~ Eggplant is grilled, not fried. A crisp topping adds just the right touch. I’ve used Gluten- Free Breadcrumbs.

Gluten-Free Flour in the Gnocchi dough is easy to handle – yes… you can do this!

Gluten-Free Ricotta & Spinach Gnocchi

Gluten-Free Homemade Gnocchi ~ Worth the effort, fun to make and DELICIOUS! Gluten-Free Flour in the dough is easy to handle – yes… you can do this! Recipes for Brown Butter Sauce and Garlic Scape & Basil Pesto

A lovely melange of seasonal vegetables with cherry tomatoes, and three types of peppers

Jamaican Triple Pepper Sauté

A lovely melange of seasonal vegetables with cherry tomatoes, and three types of peppers

A spicy Jamaican mixture including hot chili peppers, allspice, cinnamon, and thyme.

Karen’s Amazing Jerk Chicken

This Jerk Marinade EXPLODES with Flavor! A spicy Jamaican mixture including hot chili peppers, allspice, cinnamon, and thyme.

Fresh Cherry Salsa over layered Nachos in a vintage pan

Layered Cheese Nachos with Fresh Cherry Salsa

These nachos is very satisfying and craveable. Fresh Cherry Salsa adds tart-sweet and spicy notes – addicting!!

A twist on the Spanish “Tortita” ~ these vegetable griddle cakes are delicious.. you can’t eat just one!

Corn and Zucchini Tortitas

A twist on the Spanish “Tortita” ~ these vegetable griddle cakes are delicious.. you can’t eat just one! With good-for you ingredients, chock full of zucchini, corn, scallions, jalapeño, feta, grated parmesan and a generous mound of fresh dill. Eat alone, with your favorite salsa, or, as my mother would do- sour cream.

Smoked garlic and maple smoked cheddar make it special. Perfectly paired with grilled shrimp over creamy stirred grits. Parsley joins basil in the pesto mix.

Karen’s Smokey & Cheesy Grits

Smoked garlic and maple smoked cheddar make it special. Perfectly paired with grilled shrimp over creamy stirred grits. Parsley joins basil in the pesto mix.

Better than store-bought bottled – yes you can make your own BBQ sauce at home!

Karen’s All Natural Smokey Apricot-Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Better than store-bought bottled – yes you can make your own BBQ sauce at home! This is the best down-home All American Barbecue Sauce!

Asian-Style Satay Sauce made with Sunflower Seed Butter for a nutty-sweet flavor, yet NUT FREE.

Sunflower Satay Sauce ~ for Noodles and Grilled Chicken Skewers (Peanut-Free)

Asian-Style Satay Sauce made with Sunflower Seed Butter for a nutty-sweet flavor, yet NUT FREE. Easy blended sauce for Noodles and Grilled Chicken Skewers. Top with Sunflower Seeds and Sunflower Sprouts!

A delicious and versatile sauce topped with a yogurt marinated grilled chicken kebob. Spice up your palate! The sauce is Vegan.

Marinated Chicken Kebabs – Indian Style

Marinate the chicken overnight for the best flavor.. don’t forget to soak your bamboo skewers!

This delicious chutney provides a great balance to a rich, spicy curry. Grating the mango creates an interesting texture.

Sweet and Sour Grated Mango Chutney

This delicious chutney provides a great balance to a rich, spicy curry. Grating the mango creates an interesting texture.  Wonderful served with Crispy Onion Bhajis.

It's mildly spicy, creamy, savory flavor makes it more than just delicious… it’s addictive!

Karen’s Butter Chicken

Most Probably the Best Known of all Indian Dishes ~ It’s mildly spicy, creamy, savory flavor makes it more than just delicious… it’s addictive! Note: I use coconut milk instead of heavy cream in many classic recipes… I think it’s delicious. This recipe is well worth the time – the second time you prepare it, it […]

A bevy of vegetables enrich this soup, ginger and garlic add a boost of flavor

Chicken in the Pot Soup with Many Vegetables, Rice Noodles and Fresh Ginger

Comfort Soup in a Bowl. Gluten-Free.

Soaking dried porcini mushrooms is key to this soup. The liquid is a beautiful deep brown color and lends ton of flavor.

Mushroom Soup with Chestnut and Cashew Cream

A hearty and healthy warming soup loaded with umami — yum! I like sauteing two kinds of fresh mushrooms (many locally sourced) for a nice flavor contrast; shiitake and cremini. Vegan and Gluten-Free

Yes, even the cherished recipe for guacamole can be modified, respectfully, for a deeper flavor and other favorable nuances.

New Guacamole with Roasted Zucchini and Lime Zest

A luscious and velvety Guacamole! Lower in fat but high in flavor – add some roasted zucchini for the perfect blend! Yes, even the cherished recipe for guacamole can be modified, respectfully, for a deeper flavor and other favorable nuances.

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