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Rhubarb and Shallot Vinaigrette

Rhubarb and Shallot Vinaigrette

This Zesty Vinaigrette dresses up greens with an essence of Rhubarb. Make these delectable Bruschettas to serve with the salad

A tart-sweet flavor, perfectly thickened.

Strawberry Rhubarb Topping

Rhubarb is one of those flavors that is deliciously addicting…. pairs wonderfully with Strawberries. A tart-sweet flavor, perfectly thickened.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cottage Cheese Cheesecake with an Oat & Almond Press In Crust – Gluten Free

Strawberry Rhubarb Cottage Cheese Cheesecake with an Oat & Almond Press In Crust – Gluten Free

You’ll fall in love with the lighter texture of this amazing cheesecake. A simple topping with luscious Spring Rhubarb and Strawberries add just the right tart-sweet flavor and gorgeous color! The one dessert you will make over and over again this Spring. Delight Mom… the perfect Mother’s Day Dessert! Rhubarb is one of those flavors […]

Spring Asparagus Spears are cooked in Parchment Paper with Lemon Rind, Garlic, Tarragon and Butter ~ an easy method with delicious results

Spring Asparagus Cooked in Parchment Over Pasta

Spring Asparagus Spears are cooked in Parchment Paper with Lemon Rind, Garlic, Tarragon and Butter ~ an easy method with delicious results! A wonderful light dish which is simple to prepare. I love adding roasted Jerusalem Artichoke slices and Fresh Peas into the mix… see recipe. Loaded with Vegetables… actually more veggies than pasta!

Spring Grilled Asparagus Salad ~ Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing

Spring Grilled Asparagus Salad ~ Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing

The perfect Restaurant Quality Spring Salad! Choose fat asparagus and cook indoors in a grill pan – or outdoors in warmer weather. Mache Lettuce, Radicchio, Purple Spring Onions, Toasted Almonds, Fresh Mango Cubes, Blood Orange Slices and Grilled Fat Asparagus Spears all come together for a memorable, Restaurant-Syle Salad at Home.

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 soup; creamy and chunky and full of flavor!

Vegan Creamy Corn Chowder

A wonderful hearty soup; creamy and chunky and full of flavor! Take advantage of late summer corn – it’s been a wonderful season.

Carrots caramelize with the figs with a delectable just-sweet-enough glaze… all roasted in one pan

Roasted Carrots with Fresh Figs ~ Pomegranate Glaze and Pistachios

The perfect side dish for late summer ~ early fall. Carrots caramelize with the figs with a delectable just-sweet-enough glaze…  all roasted in one pan. A Vegan recipe. Here is a colorful, balanced side-dish that excites the palate rather than weigh it down. The perfect combination of roasted veggies & fruits with nuts, herbs and a zippy (well….zesty!) […]

Frozen Raspberry Marshmallow Pie with a Granola Crust

Raspberry Marshmallow Pie with Granola Crust

An Unbelievable, Simple Pie with only 4 ingredients and a press-in Granola Crust. Dream-like light filling with plenty of fresh raspberry flavor. I went Raspberry Picking in August – see these gorgeous raspberries, some with the stems still attached!

Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Bite-Sized, Team up with Creamy French Feta Cubes with a Zesty Vinaigrette for a Simple Summer Salad

Simple Tomato & Feta Salad with Dill and Radish Vinaigrette

Heirloom Tomatoes ~ Bite-Sized,  Team up with Creamy French Feta Cubes with a Zesty Vinaigrette for a Simple Summer Salad.  Just picked flavors of the smaller sized tomatoes, simply cut in half team with sliced cubes of French Feta, drenched in Fresh-Cut Dill – a goat’s milk variety made in France which is slightly drier and […]

A Quick Healthy Summer Meal Served Hot Off the Grill. Make the Zesty Gingery-Miso Dressing ahead for a speedy recipe.

Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple with Gingery-Miso Dressing

A Quick Healthy Summer Meal Served Hot Off the Grill. Make the Zesty Gingery-Miso Dressing ahead for a speedy recipe. Pineapple is wonderful grilled and adds natural sweetness to the dish.  

Fresh Corn and Roasted Tomato Salsa

Charred and stirred in a skillet, then cooled, this summer salsa packs a lot of flavor!

Cedar Planked Salmon with an easy-to prepare Planked Salmon with Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata Pistachio Planked Salmon with Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata smothered on top

Cedar Planked Salmon with Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata

Cedar Planked King Salmon is an Easy Summer-Time Dish with a lush, smokey essence ~ the Flavorful Gremolata takes only minutes to prepare

Easy to prepare Gremolata ~ adds a blast of flavor with citrusy notes. Perfect for fish, vegetables, chicken and grains

Pistachio-Tarragon & Lavender Gremolata

Easy to prepare ~ adds a blast of flavor with citrusy notes. Perfect for fish, vegetables, chicken and grains. 

Frozen Boozy Watermelon Frosé - the drink of Summer!

Blender Watermelon Frosé

Frozen Watermelon & Coconut Milk Cubes and Rosé Wine with a Float of White Rum – Invite Some Guests… It’s Party Time. THE Drink of the Summer! Frosé is a wine-based summery slushie that’s cold and refreshing.

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

Layer the cherry salsa with the tortilla chips and cheeses and bake

Fresh Cherry Salsa

During the height of the “cherry season” ~ try this wonderful Cherry Salsa that’s tart, spicy with a hint of sweetness. Add to layers of tortilla chips and cheeses for the ultimate, updated NACHOS ~ YUM!

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.

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!

Chock full of flavor from the brine with mustard seeds, red pepper flakes and freshly cracked black pepper.

Karen’s Zesty Quick Dill Refrigerator Pickles

So fun to make – and delicious to eat. Pickles are stored in the refrigerator – no special equipment required. Chock full of flavor from the brine with mustard seeds, red pepper flakes and freshly cracked black pepper. Low in salt & sugar too! Gourmet quality you proudly make in your kitchen in less than 30 […]

Karen's Quinoa Tabbouleh - Vegetable Salad (Naturally Gluten-Free)

Karen’s Quinoa Tabbouleh – Vegetable Salad (Naturally Gluten-Free)

My version of they healthy Middle Eastern Salad spiked with a melange of Vegetables is tossed in a Zesty Lemony- Scallion Dressing. One of the healthiest salads you can eat. Refreshing and Addictive!

Simply Delicious ~ Wood Fired Infused Smoked Beets easily prepared on your grill. Finish the Salad with Petite Greens and a Zesty Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette.

Wood Fired Beet Salad with Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette

Simply Delicious ~ Wood Fired Infused Smoked Beets easily prepared on your grill. Finish the Salad with Petite Greens and a Zesty Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette. 

The Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Salad Bursting with Color and Flavor… It’s Berry-Good!

Fruit and Nut Salad with Kaniwa, Blueberries, Almonds and Kale

The Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Salad Bursting with Color and Flavor… It’s Berry-Good!

A beautiful bright color and an herbal-zesty flavor, made in a blender ~ use as a dressing and dip

Green Goddess Dressing and Dip

A beautiful bright color and an herbal-zesty flavor, made in a blender ~ use as a dressing and dip

shaved carrots combine with coconut, beets and mint leaves with a Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Carrot-Coconut-Mint Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Three recipe suggestions below using the Sesame-Ginger Dressing – which is also an awesome marinade!  

Skillet Succotash with fresh corn, lima beans, butter beans, (optional) multi-colored zucchini, caramelized shallots and a touch of jalapeño.

Karen’s Skillet Succotash

Succotash is a simple corn and beans sauté. A traditional dish of many Thanksgiving celebrations in New England – first developed by the Narraganset Indians in Rhode Island. Today, many chefs add ingredients that are local to them, or that complement the mix. 

Made from garden-ripe tomatoes, no cooking required. "Raw sauce" combines garden fresh tomatoes and seasonings in a blender

Garden Tomato Raw Sauce

Made from garden-ripe tomatoes, no cooking required. A fresh tasting sauce for pizza.

Beet, Tomato and Radish Salad ~ Beet Green Vinaigrette

A summer bonanza of colors and flavors! Use the beet greens to make an earthy and delicious vinaigrette

Steamed Spiralized Zucchini topped with a Pungent Sun Dried Pesto with Basil Leaves and Pine Nuts – A healthy low-carb delicious dish

Zucchini Noodles with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Steamed Spiralized Zucchini topped with a Pungent Sun Dried Pesto with Basil Leaves and Pine Nuts – A healthy low-carb delicious dish 

Ratatouille in Zucchini Cups with Herbal – Garlicky Crumbs

Ratatouille – Summer’s Classic Vegetable Stew

Fall in love with this Provencal Vegetable Stew with bright colors and bold, mellow flavors. A wonderful vegetable stew celebrating summer’s splendor. A plethora of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes simmered with herbs and spices.

Grilled Chicken and Corn Lettuce Wraps / Satay Sauce / Cucumber Salsa

Summertime is all about light, fresh meals, and these chicken and corn lettuce wraps fit the bill exactly. Loaded with lush flavors and textures – the perfect recipe to master… and enjoy!

Burrata and Summer Tomato Parfaits

Rich, buttery, creamy Burrata Cheese is sliced and layered with summer Cherry Tomatoes, Pesto Vinaigrette and Basil Leaves. Simply layer in a stylish glass – and lavish the bright flavors

Spinach & Frisee Salad with French Baguette topped with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Swirl

Spinach & Frisee Salad with French Baguette topped with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Swirl

Strawberry Vinaigrette

A zesty dressing, not too sweet, with a kick of garlic and chipotle

30 Minute Strawberry Jam (no pectin)

  Making  jam is fun, has less sugar and no preservatives – with true fruit flavor. See recipes using strawberry jam too!

Grilled Sugar Snap Peas & Radishes

Turn the grill on high – add some market-fresh veggies and your new favorite side dish or summer salad awaits!  

Rhubarb Tart ~ Shortbread Cookie Crust

Rhubarb Tart ~ Shortbread Cookie Crust

As summer fruits are still ripening, taste the marvelous, special flavor of Rhubarb in this easy to make (promise!) fruit tart

Grilled Halibut with Fresh Blueberry Salsa

Liven up Simple Grilled Fish with a snappy, slightly spicy, a touch sweet, Blueberry Salsa. Perfect for a lovely weeknight dinner, lavish lunch or for company. 

Summer Pad Thai with Eggplant and Corn

I’m loving a home made Pad Thai with loads of local summer veggies! Toss in fresh mint, peanuts and bean sprouts for a fresh crunch.

Summer Gazpacho in Two Easy Steps

Ah Summer Tomato Gazpacho! A blender base is topped with Summer Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Herbs… Simply Divine!

Ricotta Pastry Cream for: Raspberry Tart with Ricotta Pastry Cream – Gluten Free

Cool Cucumber- Kale Blender Soup with Apricots and Walnuts

My go-to cold soup in summer! Cool and Refreshing. A dose of Probiotics and Fiber in every spoonful.

Lightened-Up Peach Crisp

A delicious Summery Peach Crisp that’s lightened- up with a Crisp Oat Topping with Oats, Pecans and Coconut. A smile with every bite guaranteed!

Heirloom Tomato and Melon Salad with Goat Cheese and a Date – Balsamic Dressing

Vegan Strawberry “Ice Cream” with Cashew Brittle

Kick off Summer with this creamy, delicious Guilt-Free Strawberry Ice Cream dessert!

Sugar Snap Pea and Green Garlic Pesto

This special pesto is used as a base on Naan Bread (or Pizza) -top with some Shrimp, Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and some Sugar Snap Peas This special pesto is used as a base on Naan Bread (or Pizza) -top with some Shrimp, Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and some Sugar Snap Peas

Super Crunch Salad

Produce is coming into its peak season – indulge in nature’s finest offerings with this super hydrating, super crunch salad! Pair with super-refreshing Carrot Sorbet!

Quick Refrigerator Pickles – Asian Style

Super Easy, Super Crunchy ~ Super Delicious!

Grilled Corn in the Husk with Tomato-Basil Butter

Grilled Corn in the Husk with Tomato-Basil Butter

It’s Barbecue Season! Baste corn with bursting flavor – cover with husk and grill outdoors. Add crumbled feta or cotija cheese to the grilled corn if desired

Homemade Rhubarb Vinegar

Homemade Rhubarb Vinegar

A lovely ruby colored versatile vinegar with a lingering flavor of Rhubarb

Scallops with Home Made Rhubarb Vinegar Butter Sauce

Scallops with Home Made Rhubarb Vinegar Butter Sauce – Mashed Jerusalem Artichokes and Charred Asparagus

Smoked Pesto

Adds a distinctive smokey note which does not overpower. A great year-round pesto, and handy in cooler months when basil is not as plentiful.

Rhubarb Granita with Infused Spices and Flavors – Cloves, Cardamom and Orange

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