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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 & […]

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 […]

Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Burger with Zesty Ranch

21 Spring Memorial Day Recipes with NEW: Shortcakes with Rhubarb, Blueberries and Coconut Whipped Cream

Fantastic, Healthy & Creative Recipes to Celebrate the Holiday with Friends & Family! See NEW: Tender & Flaky Buttermilk Shortcakes are Split and Piled with Rhubarb and Coconut Whipped Cream with a touch of Blueberries for a Delicious Dessert. Nothing could be a more typical, totally American dessert than Strawberry Shortcake! I’ve reworked the ingredients […]

A Jar of Homemade Fig Jam with Rosemary

Karen’s Fresh Fig Jam with Rosemary

A Delicious Jam from Ripe Seasonal Figs – with a hint of Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Rosemary. So many uses! Spoon on toast – Create My Fresh Fig & Herb Balsamic Dressing – Use a Glaze for the Grill. I am a FIG Lover! Known for their aromatic and sweet flavor, I first fell in […]

Easy Rhubarb Glaze for Rhubarb Scones

Gluten Free Rhubarb Scones with a Rhubarb Glaze

Golden & Tender Triangles of Scone Heaven! Dotted with Almonds and Rhubarb and a Dynamite Easy Rhubarb Glaze. Double the Rhubarb Flavor! Spring Rhubarb is now available at your local market! Be sure to look for it at Farmers’ Markets and buy directly from the grower. Choose unblemished firm rhubarb stalks with a dark ruby […]

Simply Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Almonds & Lemon

How to Simply Roast Spring Asparagus with Garlic, Almonds & Lemon

Spring has finally arrived! Easy roasted asparagus is done in just 10 minutes. Roasting heightens the vegetable’s flavor – and the toppings add a nice crunch and some nutty & zesty flavor! Roast the spears in a 400 degree oven simply with extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. When almost done – add sliced […]

Karen's Irish Soda Bread Waffles

Karen’s Irish Soda Bread Waffles

All the flavor and crunch of Irish Soda Bread – but delicious waffles! Buttermilk based waffles with a boost of caraway seeds and raisins – great for breakfast, brunch, or the ultimate snack… I can’t stop eating them! Works perfectly with regular flour or gluten free!  The batter is enriched with Raisins and Caraway seeds […]

Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

Karen’s Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

A quick, delightfully crunchy cucumber salad with a Thai twist. Incredibly refreshing and pairs with many Asian main courses and soups.  Dried Thai Chilies are spicy! They have a red to walnut color, smoky and pungent in scent with a quick and biting in flavor. A distinct Thai cuisine “burn.” A quick, delightfully crunchy cucumber salad with a […]

Herbal Olive Tapenade with Preserved Lemons

Herbal Olive Tapenade with Preserved Lemons – And What To Do With It

This delicious Mediterranean Tapenade gets a Flavor-Boost from Lots of Green Herbs and Preserved Lemons. A fabulous Condiment to Savor. Serving Suggestions are endless! Easy to whip up in the food processor in seconds! Tapenade is a classic French appetizer and the very essence of Mediterranean flavors, a savory, earthy olive spread with tangy and herbal flavor. […]

Coconut Sable Cookies - heart shaped... perfect for Valentine's Day

Coconut Heart Shaped Sablé Cookie – Gluten Free

A delicious cookie for Valentine’s Day or whenever you want to create bakery quality cookies at home! Your choice of cookie cutter. Yes, you can use regular flour too! With a White Chocolate Glaze on half, top with Raspberry-Coconut mixture; no food coloring here! Sablés, also known as a French Butter Cookie or Breton Biscuit, are […]

Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa

Karen’s Roasted Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa

The Best Homemade Salsa features Kumato Tomatoes available year-round and prized for their sweet, juicy flavor and firm texture. With a dark-red brown hue and a blush of green – they will roast to a burgundy color… the perfect complement with the chipotle peppers. Kumato tomatoes luckily are available year round! My go-to tomato in Winter. What’s in the […]

Applesauce Streusel Loaf Cake - Gluten Free

Applesauce Streusel Loaf Cake – It’s Gluten Free

Delicious with Homemade Applesauce! Using my panty ingredients – this satisfying loaf cake features an oat-streusel topping and is dotted with natural dried cranberries. I’m craving comfort food right now – this loaf cakes smells marvelous as it bakes with hints of warm spices wafting through the kitchen. Comforting & Addictive!  Baked with healthful ingredients […]

Tuscan Marinated Mushrooms

Deeply fragrant mushrooms team with flavorful Tuscan spices – coated with a wine-lemon-olive oil marinade. Tangy, delicious, and easy to make. Small-plate sharing isn’t just a Spanish thing. The Italian version of tapas, known as cicchetti in Venice, stuzzichini in Southern Italy and antipasti to many Italian Americans, are great for passing around over a […]

Rosemary & Spice Mixed Nuts

Thanksgiving Appetizers, Mains, Sides & Desserts – I’ve Got You Covered!

Finish writing your grocery lists with some of these classic, inventive and healthy recipes for Thanksgiving!  Appetizers! Some light nibbles while your guests are arriving, drinking, toasting and anticipating the holiday meal. Simple to make – roll mixture into a log – chill, slice & bake! Top with garden herbs for an elegant touch. A […]

Double Garlic Pizza with Roasted & Chopped fresh Garlic

Garlic Garlic Pizza!

Karen’s Perfect Pizza Dough is topped with a Roasted Garlic purée, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, dollops of Ricotta Cheese & Marinara and Chopped Garlic. Fresh Oregano & Basil with a pinch of Hot Pepper Flakes add to this crave-worthy Pizza! Back from the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival – Garlicky Pizza is what I’m craving to use […]

Kabocha Squash Soup with Apples and Cashew Crema ~ Vegan

Flavors of Fall – 20 Irresistible Squash & Apple Recipes!

Here to inspire you – what to cook that is in season right now! Comforting & nutritious recipes prepared with seasonal ingredients to warm you up from the inside and make you enjoy the fall season at its fullest. Cook & Bake with confidence with my healthy and well-tested recipes. Press on the green titles for all […]

Peppers with Sesame Seeds, Shallots and Hazelnuts in French Clay bowl

Sesame Blistered Shishito Peppers – Mine are Multi-Colored!

An amazing, fun & delicious EASY appetizer and side dish – these charred peppers are addictive and healthy! When pan-roasted the skin of the shishito pepper becomes blackened, resulting in an amazing smoky flavor. Pick one up and nibble to the stem! These Super-Trendy Peppers are on many restaurants menus as they are a wonderful, […]

Raspberry Glazed Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah and beyond!

Karen’s Raspberry Glazed Honey Cakes

The Most Delicious Honey Cake with a Secret Ingredient… Dates! Made in Large Texas Tins and Glazed to Perfection. Parve (non dairy) for Rosh Hashanah and Gluten Free. See some interesting modern recipes for the holiday on the bottom.  The coming of Rosh Hashanah signals Jewish cooks everywhere to get ready to bake their much-loved […]

Two Poke Bowls with rice, tuna & summer veggies

Poke Bowl with Fresh Tuna, Rice & Summer Veggies

Combine Asian umami flavors and great quality tuna with a dash of local veggies for color and taste. A light summer meal that is a snap to prepare! No two Poke Bowls are alike! I would say Marinated Ahi (Sushi Grade Tuna) and Steamed short grain rice are the start – the base of the […]

Shortbread Linzer Thins sandwiched with Tomato Jam

Savory Cheese Shortbread Linzer Thins with Tomato Jam

A creative play on the beloved “Linzer Cookie”  – savory, cheesy melt-in-your-mouth shortbread sandwiched with Tomato Jam! Your company will be amazed! I’m turning the Linzer Cookie upside down – what is traditionally a sweet cookie is now a savory upscale treat! To make the shortbread thins: Roll this easy dough out 1/8 inch thin. […]

Sesame Coated Falafel in Pita Bread with Tahini Sauce

How to Make Falafel at Home – With Zesty Tahini Sauce

A Middle Eastern plant-based healthful fritter does not need to be deep fried. See my method for pan-frying and then finishing in the oven for the tastiest falafel! Gluten Free. Crispy & Crunchy with tender insides and bold flavors – enjoy making them at home!  Falafel is a fantastic vegan-friendly meal that is packed full of […]

Stacked Parmesan Crisps with assorted seasonings

Parmesan Crisps – Master Recipe with Flavoring Suggestions

These are so easy, crunchy & delicious! The crisps are made with grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and your choice of seasonings (I have many suggestions!) Easy Parmesan Crisps can be made into these clever Caesar Salad Tacos. Crush these crisps on top of salads, side dishes like risotto – anywhere you crave a rich Umami flavor-boost. It’s […]

Swiss fondue done right with the addition of garlic and chives. Serve with my amazing Mini Dinner Rolls with Flaky Salt!

Karen’s Cheesy Swiss Fondue with Garlic & Chives

While fondue might be the ultimate party food- I’m in the mood for it’s silky, stingy texture and assertive flavor, and have decided to have a fondue night at home. Indulgent, okay just a little, but it only sounds fancy – it’s incredible simple to make! I really got into the idea and decided to […]

Karen’s Master Dinner Mini Roll Recipe

I’m making these dinner rolls in a circular wreath pattern to serve and dunk into my Classic Cheesy Fondue. Simple and fun to make with a wonderful smell wafting though the kitchen as the rolls bake! See my recipe: Karen’s Cheesy Swiss Fondue with Garlic & Chives

A wonderful dark chocolate cookie that are naturally gluten free – there is no flour in these!

Flourless Chocolate Crackle Cookies

I just love the contrast of the deep-dark chocolate and the snowy white crust of powdered sugar on these chocolate crackle cookies.

Butternut Squash Latkes - A new twist for your Potato Pancake repertoire.

The Best Butternut Squash Latkes! (an updated “potato” pancake)

A new twist for your Potato Pancake repertoire.Butternut squash with warm spices makes a delicious sweet latke that is perfect for Chanukah or anytime! Gluten Free adaptable. Latkes are that ethereal treat; a potato mixture made by dropping large tablespoons into a skillet of shimmering, hot oil. Enjoy year-round! The trick for a perfect latke is twofold: […]

Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – They’re Gluten Free!

Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – They’re Gluten Free!

Decadent and Delicious! These bake up crispy with a deep-chocolate flavor. Feel free to use any nuts you like. Gluten Free.. you would never guess. These biscotti are only a tad sweet and can be ground for the crust of a cheesecake!

Karen's Easy Honey Peanuts

Karen’s Easy Honey Peanuts

Delicious Honey Peanuts coated last minute with a little sugar. Simple and fun to make. Caution: These are addictive!! The perfect nosh! Also use as a garnish for a dessert like my Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Biscotti Crust and Honey Peanuts

Yummy Pumpkin & Oatmeal Pancakes

Yummy Pumpkin & Oatmeal Pancakes

Delicious and loaded with healthy ingredients with tips on how to cook a pumpkin and make homemade Pumpkin Puree.

Amazing Apple Crumb Cakes with Cardamom and Ginger

Amazing Apple Crumb Cakes with Cardamom and Ginger

Apple season is here – and these cakes are divine! Enjoy for dessert, a snack or for the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah A delicious cake with a bit of honey, these cakes are layered with sliced apples and a crumb topping The perfect fall dessert – I’m serving with Coconut Whipped Cream I’M OBSESSED […]

Mediterranean Stuffed Shishito Peppers

Mediterranean Stuffed Shishito Peppers

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

Cheddar and Herb "Pennies" Gluten Free Option Too!

Cheddar and Herb “Pennies” ~ Savory Shortbread Crackers (yes, gluten free option too!)

Simple to make – roll mixture into a log – chill, slice & bake! Top with garden herbs for an elegant touch. A revised recipe from the 1950’s – these popular Cheesy Shortbread “Pennies” are the perfect little crackers with big flavor. Fabulous for snacking and company! Crispy and full of flavor. Aren’t they beautiful? […]

Honey Walnut Banana Bread ~ Gluten Free

Honey Walnut Banana Bread ~ Gluten Free

Gluten Free (I tell all my tricks) Moist and Delicious! I’m making it today using my mini loaf pans which offers a full, beautiful rise. Mash some bananas ~ leave some in chunks for the ultimate banana bread! I am always tweaking recipes – reducing sugar (mostly refined sugars which spike our blood sugar) if […]

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 […]

Karen’s Creamy Hummus with Harissa

Karen’s Creamy Hummus with Harissa

Harrisa is a flavor-bomb sauce/condiment and pairs wonderfully with mellow hummus.

Maple Zucchini Walnut Bread – Gluten Free

Maple Zucchini Walnut Bread – Gluten Free

A delicious and moist Gluten Free Zucchini Quick Bread using Maple Syrup three ways ~ in the bread, glaze and glazed walnuts. Not too sweet with healthful ingredients. Easily made vegan. Use a good quality natural maple syrup (not pancake syrup!!) You know – the kind with one ingredient: maple syrup! I used a Grade […]

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe ~ THE Spread for Everything!

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe ~ THE Spread for Everything!

This spread has so many culinary uses. Great served with good crackers and crudités ~ use also as a sandwich spread, a burger topper or a stuffing for vegetables. The possibilities are really endless. Pimento Cheese: Adds a cheesy, slightly spicy flavor and creamy, dreamy texture to multitude of tasty things

Peanut Butter Energy Bites – with Chocolate Drizzle

Peanut Butter Energy Bites – with Chocolate Drizzle

The ultimate healthy pop-in-your-mouth treat filled with energizing ingredients. The perfect Valentine’s Day recipe for giving and enjoying! Simple to make ~ these bites are loaded with nutrients to keep you going during the day, or the perfect not-too-sweet, pop-in-your-mouth treat I love for dessert.

Karen's Homemade Weekday Granola

Karen’s Homemade Weekday Granola

Not too sweet, low in fat – perfect for everyday eating and snacking!

how to make the best Curry Coconut Slow Roasted Nuts

Curry Coconut Slow Roasted Nuts

Raw cashews are soaked for easier digestion and are cooked in a slow oven until golden and crispy. Coat with sweet and savory seasonings: curry powder, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, smoked paprika, pink sea salt, coconut nectar, coconut palm sugar and unsweetened shredded coconut

Rosemary & Spice Mixed Nuts

Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds and Brazil Nuts are roasted in a slow oven until fragrant and lightly golden. Kissed with fresh rosemary and a hints of a sweet-salty flavor. No overwhelming flavors, all complement each other.

Homemade Kale Chips with miso and cashews are crunchy with an addictive flavor

Spicy Red Kale Chips with Cashews and Miso

Crispy, light & flavorful – these chips are quite easy to make. The ultimate healthy snack! Recipe: Baked and RAW Make a flavor paste~seasoned topping and simply massage into leaves and bake. An explosion of flavor!

Massage into the kale leaves – the Tahini Sesame paste with Za’atar Seasonings

Tahini Sesame Kale Chips with Za’atar Seasonings

Crispy, light & flavorful – these chips are quite easy to make. The ultimate healthy snack! Recipe: Baked and RAW Middle Eastern Flavors are rubbed into the leaves and baked until crunchy. An explosion of flavor!

Portobello Pizzas with Slow Baked Cherry Tomatoes and topped with Basil Leaves and Crispy Baked Kale Ribbons

Portobello Mushroom Pizzas with Crispy Kale Ribbons

Magnificent Meatless Monday Recipe! Roast the mushroom caps (on a rack – they don’t get soggy!) add Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Slow Baked Cherry Tomatoes and top with Basil Leaves and Crispy Baked Kale Ribbons Mushrooms have a heavenly “meaty” texture and savory, irresistible “Umami” flavor. The perfect lunch, side dish, snack, dinner or appetizer […]

Perfect for snacking, and makes a Pie Crust more delicious than graham cracker crumbs!

Karen’s Granola for Snacking & Pie Crust

Perfect for snacking, and makes a Pie Crust more delicious than graham cracker crumbs!

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.

A wonderful and flavorful dip with hints of miso, orange, ginger and sesame

Japanese Style Eggplant Dip with Miso, Orange and Shichimi Togarashi Seasoning

A wonderful and flavorful dip with hints of miso, orange, ginger and sesame

A simple nut crunch snack that is SIMPLE (really!) to prepare and totally irresistible. Puffed Brown Rice adds lightness and crunch – a pinch of tumeric and chili flakes adds interest and a touch of heat.

Karen’s Cashew Cluster Crunch

A simple nut crunch snack that is SIMPLE (really!) to prepare and totally irresistible. Puffed Brown Rice adds lightness and crunch – a pinch of tumeric and chili flakes adds interest and a touch of heat.

Sweet Potato Tater-Tots with Tortilla Crumbs ~ Hot Sauce Honey-Butter Glaze and Blue Cheese Dip

The perfect vegetarian appetizer for your Super Bowl party – Crispy tater-tots with a healthy profile. Rolled in multi-grain tortilla chips and baked- served with a Honey-Hot Sauce-Butter Glaze and Blue Cheese Dip. Move over chicken wings… Vegetarian and Gluten-Free.

Pumpkin Scones with Pecans, Cranberries and Coconut

Pumpkin Scones with Pecans, Cranberries and Coconut

Bakery quality scones! Barely sweet and irresistible – made from your pantry ingredients… with a secret ingredient: coconut milk.

Karen's All American Cornbread

Karen’s Cornbread

A simple and yummy cornbread, which is gluten-free adaptable.

Matzo Granola with Fruits and Nuts

Prepare yourself for the crispiest, crunchiest, most delectable granola you’ve ever had. Kosher for Passover and gluten-free, too!

Karen’s Gone Crackers – Foolproof Gluten-Free Seeded Crackers

Homemade crispy and delicious crackers, gluten-free, dairy free and sugar free…delicious!

BLT & C Crostini ~ Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese

It’s soon Game-Day. The ultimate Easy Super Bowl Appetizer ~ Girls & Guys alike will devour!

Homemade Applesauce – My Favorite

Homemade Applesauce – My Favorite

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

Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip

Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip

Dip Into This!  A Updated, Healthy Roast Garlic and Onion Dip Need a dip for the weekend game-day get together that doesn’t break the calorie bank? A real crowd pleaser  – there won’t be any leftovers! This is a REDUX recipe – a healthier version of Lipton Soup Mix Dip

Zucchini, Quinoa and Walnut Bread

A lightened up version of the beloved zucchini bread. Use half the sweetner, and less oil with the addition of quinoa for fiber, protein and crunch. Extra walnuts lend an earthy flavor.  

Karen’s Sprouted Spelt and Sesame Homemade Crackers

Healthy Homemade Crackers! Spelt can be easier to digest then wheat, making it a nice choice for us who are gluten-sensitive.  I used only spelt flour in my cracker recipe for a savory, nutty whole-wheaty flavor.

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