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Best of the Mediterranean Cooking Class, March 10, 2024 - Leicht Greenwich CT

New Cooking Class: Best of the Mediterranean

I’m excited to introduce my next Cooking Class! “Best of the Mediterranean” Sunday, March 10, 1 – 3:30pm; Leicht Cooking Studio Greenwich  Menu and details are below. I’m focussing on the fresh flavors of this healthy cuisine from this magnificent region. It have been fun and enjoyable testing new recipes and hope you will enjoy this culinary […]

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 […]

Karen's Chicken, Wild Rice & Veggie Soup

Karen’s Chicken, Wild Rice & Veggie Soup

A Healthy & Hearty Soup loaded with vegetables – start by making homemade chicken broth…. nothing better than that! A nutrient-dense soup with good for you ingredients in every bite; so comforting. Pulled chicken teams with Wild & Brown Rice, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Carrots, Celery, Leeks and Fresh Corn  The Method: Cook in-bone Chicken Breasts […]

Toasted Coconut on Grapefruit Sherbert

Karen’s Valentine’s Day Delicious Desserts

14 Delicious Dessert Recipes to Fall in Love With! Creative, Crave-Worth and Lightened-Up Love is in the air with tempting recipes you can successfully make at home! NEW: Karen’s Vegan Milk Chocolate Pudding Creamy and delicious with added chopped toasted hazelnuts – easy, done in under 10 minutes! Perfect for Valentines Day! I’m adding Caramelized […]

Karen's Vegan Milk Chocolate Pudding

Karen’s Vegan Milk Chocolate Pudding

Creamy and delicious with added chopped toasted hazelnuts – easy, done in under 10 minutes! Perfect for Valentines Day! I’m adding Caramelized Sugar Shards with Freeze Dried Strawberries. See my pick for the BEST Vegan Milk Chocolate! It is not easy to find a good Vegan Milk Chocolate! Milk Chocolate contains milk… d-a-i-r-y! And almost […]

Caramel Sugar Shards with Freeze Dried Strawberries and Hazelnuts

Caramelized Sugar Shards with Freeze Dried Strawberries and Hazelnuts

A wonderful, beautiful confectionery decoration that is simple to make with a luminescent glow. Make one sheet and break apart to decorate cakes, cupcakes and – my milk chocolate pudding. So simple to prepare – make a GORGEOUS impact when broken into shards with a glass-like look. Has a stunning amber stained glass look – […]

Karen’s Roasted Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa

15 Super Bowl Party Food Recipes – And Yes – They’re a Little Healthier

Crowd-Pleasing Updated Party Foods with a Healthier Twist that all will enjoy. I might not be your source for Chicken Wing Recipes… BUT  here are some SPECTACULAR Game-Day party suggestions with Less Calories, Carbs, Sodium, Fat & Preservatives – Will help you feel good without sacrificing flavor! A nice shift from the same old appetizers and heavy, uninspired so […]

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 SazĂłn 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 SazĂłn 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. […]

SazĂłn Seasoned Russet Oven Fries with parmesan & parsley

Easy Russet Oven Fries with My SazĂłn 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 Ultimate Veggie Plant-Based Burger

These Burgers are Not Impossible to make and enjoy and Beyond Delicious! This Plant Based Burger is better than any store bought product without a bevy of unwanted ingredients. Gluten Free. Why Make your own Plant-Based Burgers? Use healthful real food, not chemicals – compared to processed commercial plant-based burgers Mine includes: Legumes: Lentils & […]

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 […]

Southwest Style Green Shakshuka with Hatch Chili Oil

My Favorite Brunch Recipes for New Year’s Day

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. Try these NEW RECIPES: Breakfast Fried Egg Tacos with Karen’s Bloody Mary Hot Sauce AND learn how to make you own fabulous Hot Sauce! […]

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 […]

Karen's British Shortbread Squares - Gluten Free

Karen’s Crisp & Crunchy Shortbread Squares – Gluten Free

An easy press-in dough recipe that produces a Crispy, Light & Buttery Shortbread. Cut into easy squares ~ eat & enjoy … drizzle them with chocolate, or crumble them into my Rocky Road Candy the way the Brits do! What make them Gluten Free? I’m using Oat Flour, Fine Almond Flour and a Gluten Free […]

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 […]

The BEST Russian Dressing for Roast Turkey & Beyond

Karen’s After Thanksgiving Recipes with your Leftovers

Here’s what I’m cooking up with the holiday’s leftovers. Soup, Salad, Throw-back Casserole, Tacos, Chef Salad, Savory Cranberry Chicken Thighs, The Best Russian Dressing for Roast Turkey and more – create new meals for the week with minimal effort.  NEW RECIPE! Perfectly Seasoned Chicken Thighs team with a luscious Cranberry Sauce with Rosemary & Thyme. […]

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Savory Cranberry Sauce (using your leftover cranberry sauce!)

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Savory Cranberry Sauce (using your leftover cranberry sauce!)

Perfectly Seasoned Chicken Thighs team with a luscious Cranberry Sauce with Rosemary & Thyme. Use up your leftover Chunky Cranberry Sauce for this lucious meal! (Mine has ginger and pineapple in it.)  Why I LOVE this Recipe: A great use for your leftover Cranberry Sauce (I know you have some!) Learn how to make CRISPY […]

NEW RECIPE: Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie

Karen’s Appetizers / Hors d’oeuvres & Soups for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here – time to organize and cook delicious, homemade food! Here are my best-loved appetizers to make ~ from inventive to classics… with healthy twists! Cheesy Options: A crowd-pleasing Melty-Cheese Appetizer that’s easy to make and fun to eat! SautĂ© Red Onions low & slow, add apples and seasonings and simply top […]

Caesar Salad Tacos with Parmesan Crisps

NEW Cooking Class: Holiday Hors d’oeuvres – From Tostadas to Tapas

Come join me for my next Cooking Class at Leicht Kitchen Studio, Greenwich CT. Get in the Holiday Spirit – learn & eat four tempting & delicious recipes in this beautiful modern kitchen. Space is limited, registration below.   Venmo: @Karen-Sheer Zelle: karen@azestforlife Or, you can kindly send me a check to: Karen Sheer 14 Montgomery Lane, […]

Karen’s Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy

Turkey Talk + Thanksgiving 2023 – All the Delicious Recipes!

The Countdown to Thanksgiving is Upon Us – Create the most memorable meal with my creative, original & well tested recipes! See all: APPETIZERS, SOUPS, SALADS, SIDE-DISHES, TURKEY WITH THE BEST GRAVY & DESSERTS! Let’s Talk Turkey! What type of turkey buy? The different types of Turkeys available for Thanksgiving can be a little overwhelming… […]

Karen’s Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy

Karen’s Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey, Gravy and All the Sides to Make, Serve & Devour!

Thanksgiving is upon us ~ One of my favorite times to cook delicious food for friends and family. Here are my best-loved dishes to cook ~ classics with healthy twists! Also see: Karen’s Appetizers / Hors d’ouevres & Soups for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Desserts! My Favorite Scrumptious Holiday Recipes! Thanksgiving Recipes Start Here! I’ve got you covered […]

Karen's Duchess Potatoes with Butternut Squash Swirl

Karen’s Duchess Potatoes with Butternut Squash Swirl

Make these Gorgeous Potatoes ahead of time for the Perfect Thanksgiving Side-Dish. Enriched Mashed Potatoes are piped with a Butternut Squash Swirl for a Beautiful Presentation, that’s actually easy to make. Crispy outside, light & airy inside. A wonderful Potato Side-Dish I’m’Serving for Thanksgiving! How I came up with this Recipe: So, I’m writing my list […]

Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie

Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie

A crowd-pleasing Melty-Cheese Appetizer that’s easy to make and fun to eat! SautĂ© Red Onions low & slow, add apples and seasonings and simply top a wheel of brie and bake. THE Perfect Appetizer for Thanksgiving… and any holiday! Get the Party Started! To serve ~ have fun assembling, add the Baked Brie to a […]

Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

Thanksgiving Desserts! My Favorite Scrumptious Holiday Recipes!

Delicious Desserts – Something for Everyone! What would you think is the quintessential holiday dessert? See my picks – 18 to choose from. Creative &  Updated Classics with Healthy Twists! Something Apple: An impressive freeform type of apple pie – sliced apples are placed on a round of flaky dough, edges get folded over then baked until […]

Karen's Amazing Apple Galette

Karen’s Amazing Apple Galette

An impressive freeform type of apple pie – sliced apples are placed on a round of flaky dough, edges get folded over then baked until golden… so delish! Perfect for Thanksgiving!  I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving… and what desserts I want to make & serve. I though this recipe would be enjoyed by all ~ […]

Karen's Best Flaky Pie Dough

Karen’s Best Flaky Pie Dough

An easy to make and use pastry dough, makes a flaky pie crust! I use this trusted recipe for pies and galettes. See the beautifully risen, golden & crispy pie crust!  Tips for Pie Making Success: For a flaky and flavorful crust – add very cold butter cut into tablespoons. Use a pastry blender and […]

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 […]

Karen's Quick Butterflied Shrimp & Garlic

Karen’s Quick Butterflied Shrimp & Garlic

A simple recipe that is simply delicious! A good dose of thinly sliced garlic in a wine-butter-thyme sauce that’s comes together quickly. Serve on its own or toss with some pasta or crusty bread. Garlic Chives… if you have them, makes the dish special.  I served this delicious Garlicky Dish at my “Cooking with Garlic” […]

Karen's Plum-Raspberry Jam Oat Linzer Bars

Karen’s Plum-Raspberry Jam Oat Linzer Bars

An easy “press-in” dough recipe! Learn how to make homemade Plum Jam for the bars as well. Buttery, jam-filled bars based on the classic Viennese Linzer torte – dusted with confectioner’s sugar. I’m serving these delectable bars at my next Cooking Class! A Classic Recipe Updated into Easy-To-Make Bars! Linzer “Cookies” are named after a Linzer […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fall Salad with Chèvre and Pink Pearl Apples / Garlic Vinaigrette

New: Cooking Class “Cooking with Garlic” October 5th, Leicht Cooking Studio, Greenwich

My Next Cooking Class ~ Thursday, October 5, 2023   Cooking with Garlic  It’s an exciting menu, and I will be visiting The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival just prior to the class. Gift for you: A Head of Garlic for you from the festival! Learn to prepare delicious dishes using Garlic in many ways: raw, […]

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.” […]

Marinate a colorful array of Heirloom Tomatoes in my Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

Crazy for Heirlooms – 24 Tomato Recipes to Cook Now!

Summer is my favorite season – and Heirloom Tomatoes are my best-loved fruit (botanically.) See ALL the Recipes: Salads, Soups, Condiments, Fresh Tomato Sauce, Risotto and More! Salads Featuring Heirloom Tomatoes: Heirloom Tomatoes are at their peak right now – take advantage of their superior taste and beautiful hues. A wonderful summer pasta salad – […]

Karen's Cornbread Loaf with Jalapeño (I'm serving with my chunky plum jam!)

Karen’s Cornbread Loaf with Jalapeño

The perfect Cornbread Loaf recipe – rises high with a moist crumb, just the right sweetness and heat. I’m loving it with my Chunky Easy Red Plum Jam! Rises high and square with no high center dome. Slices beautifully; tender crumb with good structure. Here I toasted the cornbread loaf slice with crispy darkened edges… […]

Karen's EASY Chunky Plum Jam

Karen’s EASY Red Plum Jam

A delicious refreshing jam – wonderful natural fruit flavor shines through. Makes a great gift too! Try with Karen’s Cornbread Loaf with Jalapeño. In Summer it is easy to find sweet farm-fresh plums. What’s more palate pleasing than Jam on Toast? I got an idea… Jam on a slice of Cornbread Loaf! Use ripe, not […]

Candyland Marinated Tomatoes with Pasta & Halloumi Cheese

Candyland Marinated Tomatoes with Pasta & Halloumi Cheese

The Best Pasta Dish of the Summer Season! Marinated Candyland Tomatoes are tossed with Pasta, Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs, Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Softened Red Onions and Fresh Basil Leaves. These little cuties ~ Candyland Tomatoes (named after the classic children’s board game) are just about ½-inch in diameter – yet every bit is packed with super sweet, […]

White Peach & Raspberry Cobbler - Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

White Peach & Raspberry Cobbler – Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

A wonderful summer dessert when peaches are ripe & juicy! Perfectly sweetened with easy crispy yet tender drop biscuits. I love to serve with my Caramel Vanilla Bean Vegan Ice Cream Reasons to make this Cobbler: Quite easy to prepare: 2 Steps – Bake peach filling part way; Make cobbler topping, drop on top & […]

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 […]

Karen's Mango Sorbet with Ginger & Turmeric

Karen’s Mango Sorbet with Ginger & Turmeric

A Creamy & Luscious Sorbet made with five ingredients ~ Fresh Mango, Ginger-Turmeric Tea, Pure Cane Sugar, Fresh Ginger and Lime Juice. Simple to prepare – silky texture! Tropical mangos making a smooth purĂ©e to create a refreshing sorbet treat with sweet fruit intensity. Using Tea in the recipe: Turmeric adds a nice color and earthy […]

Gluten Free Summertime Panzanella Tomato Salad

NEW Summer Cooking Class August 1, 2023 Leicht Greenwich

See my latest COOKING CLASSES here! I’m teaching a wonderful menu celebrating Summer’s Heirloom Tomato Bounty! Class held in the modern and roomy Leicht Kitchen Studio in Greenwich, CT Enjoy delicious food and up-close techniques and skills to make yourself an accomplished cook. Help participate, or sit back and enjoy four courses & a surprise […]

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 sautĂ©ed 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 […]

Karen's Lemon-Oregano Marinade with Fennel Salad and Perfect Grilled Chicken

Fennel Salad and Perfect Grilled Chicken with Karen’s Lemon-Oregano Marinade

Packed with Zesty Flavor, Crunchy Texture – a Salad to Savor! A refreshing mix of Fennel, Vadalia Onions, Fresh Peaches, Local Cucumbers & Perfect Grilled Lemony Marinated Chicken TODAY ~ Here are Two Recipes! 1. Karen’s Lemon-Oregano Marinade 2. Fennel Salad and Perfect Grilled Chicken (that has been marinated in the Lemon-Oregano Marinade) Fennel has a […]

Karen's Lemon-Oregano Marinade ~ with Perfect Grilled Chicken

Karen’s Lemon-Oregano Marinade ~ with Perfect Grilled Chicken

A Hearty & Zesty Marinade adds tons of tang and pungency to Chicken! Coat chicken with this zesty marinade for 2 hours – a flavor-bomb! Boneless chicken breast marinades for 2 hours to penetrate the lemony-herbal essence into the meat.  I like to use chicken tenderloins too! Steps for this RECIPE: Make the Lemon- Oregano […]

Burst Heirloom Tomato Sauce in skillet

NEW Summer Cooking Class – August 1, 2023 – Leicht Cooking Studio, Greenwich

NEW Summer Cooking Class August 1, 2023 Leicht Greenwich A wonderful menu celebrating Summer’s Heirloom Tomato Bounty! Enjoy delicious food and up-close techniques and skills to make yourself an accomplished cook. Help participate, or sit back and enjoy four course & a surprise hors’d oeuvre. Learn about Heirloom Tomatoes – which varieties are best and […]

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 CruditĂ©s. 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 […]

Coconut Milk Crème Brûlée with Roasted Strawberry Compote with Rum

Coconut Milk Crème Brûlée with Roasted Strawberry-Rum Compote

A lightened-up recipe with creamy deliciousness – a crackled sugar top is complemented with a fruity roasted sauce. These small sized Crème BrĂ»lĂ©es are the perfect indulgent dessert with less fat than traditional recipes… and no heavy cream!   Crème BrĂ»lĂ©e is French for “burnt cream” which refers to the caramelized sugar on top of custard. Perfect […]

Grilled Black Bass Fillets with Red Wine, Shallot & Rosemary Compound Butter

Grilled Black Bass Fillets with Red Wine, Shallot & Rosemary Compound Butter

Seasoned and Grilled Outdoors – the mild, sweet fish holds its shape! Add a slice of Delicious Red Wine Compound Butter and let it melt into delectable sauce Why I love this recipe: Perfectly Seasoned Black Bass Fillets served warm with a slice of colorful Red Wine Compound Butter – which melts into the fish and […]

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 […]

Skillet Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries & Tarragon

Skillet Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries & Tarragon

An easy skillet dish – Tender Chicken, Crispy Skin with a Hearty yet Light Pan Sauce with Plenty of Strawberries and Garnished with Tarragon Leaves. Irresistible! Balsamic Vinegar’s home turf of Modena is a small city in northern Italy located in the Emilia-Romagna region, which is also the birthplace of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. See below for […]

Roasted Asparagus & Shaved Heirloom Carrot Salad with a Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Asparagus & Shaved Heirloom Carrot Salad with a Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette / Recipes for Memorial Day

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 […]

Homemade Panko Popcorn Spiced Shrimp in parchment lined white bowl

Homemade Panko Popcorn Spiced Shrimp – they’re baked!

Crispy, Crunchy and Drenched in Homemade Panko Crumbs ~ these delicious morsels are baked on a rack, not deep fried. I’m craving something crispy & sweet yet savory – these Popcorn Shrimp fit the bill! Plunge them into this luscious & piquant Lemony Aioli Dip. Up close – in a parchment lined bowl ready to […]

Karen's Lemony, Garlicky Aioli Dip

Karen’s Lemony, Garlicky Aioli Dip

A delicious homemade creamy dip with zesty lemon flavor and a good dose of garlic! Whisk by hand for a superior Aioli. A delicious homemade creamy dip with zesty lemon flavor and a good dose of garlic!

Modern Shrimp Louis: A Comeback for a Classic Dish

Mother’s Day Recipes

This Mother’s Day – Treat Mom to Some Healthy & Inspiring Home Cooking! If you have been making the same recipes for years… have I got some tempting ideas for you! Always healthy-forward, true ingredients & inventive. A super moist cake which rises high and dotted with seasonal rhubarb and warm spices. Easy to prepare! […]

Rhubarb Snack Cake with Cardamom & Ginger

Karen’s Rhubarb Snack Cake with Cardamom & Ginger

A super moist cake which rises high and dotted with seasonal rhubarb and warm spices. Whisk all in one bowl… irresistible! I have a special place in my heart for Rhubarb… ready to pick now through summer. My grandparents had plentiful rhubarb plants sprawling in their garden, and rhubarb pie was typically served after dinner. […]

Stewed Rhubarb Whipped Coconut Cream

Stewed Rhubarb Whipped Coconut Cream

The perfect little fruit- whipped cream great to adore Spring & Summer Desserts. Stewed Rhubarb is folded into Whipped Coconut Cream – dairy-free. Not too sweet – highlights rhubarb’s special tart special flavor. Easy to make – add chopped rhubarb to a pot with sugar and orange juice – bring to a boil, simmer just […]

Hibiscus Tea Poached Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce

NEW! Cooking Class in Greenwich CT

Please join me for an exciting Group Cooking Class! Teaching four Inspiring & Healthy Spring Recipes with many local ingredients. See my Contemporary Menu! Registration required, class size is limited. “I believe in delicious, homemade food to nourish us – and spend much of my day testing recipes and compile them for you. I’m obsessed […]

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 […]

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 Vegan "Crab Cakes"

Karen’s Vegan “Crab Cakes”

Healthy, Vegan & Delicious! Filled with Chickpeas, Artichoke Hearts and Hearts of Palm (which mimics the look of crab) ~ Herbs & Spices. Make minis for Hors d’oeuvres or larger ones for a delicious Main Course Meal. So much flavor in every Bite! Not fried – “pan fried” with just a touch of oil for […]

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 soufflĂ©-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 soufflĂ©-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″) […]

Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake with Crushed Raspberry Coconut Whipped Cream

Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake with Crushed Raspberry Coconut Whipped Cream

A Decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Indulgence with an Airy Easy Whipped Coconut Cream Topping with Crushed Raspberries Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Parve This is the showstopper cake I am making for Passover! Perfect too for Easter…or anytime you crave a dense yet light dose of chocolate indulgence. Decadent but not overly sweet flourless chocolate cake […]

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 […]

Strawberry Yogurt "Ice Cream" Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Fudge Cookie Thins - Gluten Free

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt “Ice Cream” Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Fudge Cookie Thins – Gluten Free

THE Perfect treat for Valentine’s Day! I’m pairing my Strawberry Frozen Yogurt with Mini Easy Double Chocolate Cookies for the perfect sized treat! Who wouldn’t love a HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SANDWICH?? Three Recipes! Karen’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Mini Double Chocolate Fudge Cookie Thins – Gluten Free (to eat and for ice cream sandwiches) Strawberry Yogurt […]

Karen’s Roasted Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa

12 Super Bowl Party Food Recipes – And Yes – They’re a Little Healthier

Crowd-Pleasing Updated Party Foods with a Healthier Twist that all will enjoy. I might not be your source for Chicken Wing Recipes… BUT  here are some SPECTACULAR Game-Day party suggestions with Less Calories, Carbs, Sodium, Fat & Preservatives – Will help you feel good without sacrificing flavor! A nice shift from the same old appetizers and heavy, uninspired so […]

Karen's Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Karen’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Enjoy by itself – or in an “Ice Cream Sandwich” with Double Chocolate Fudge Cookie Thins – or in little molds (cupcake liners.) THE Perfect treat for Valentine’s Day! All gluten free. Add some Freeze Dried Strawberries for an extra punch of flavor and color. So EASY! Simply add softened frozen yogurt to a regular […]

Mini Double Chocolate Fudge Cookie Thins (to eat and for ice cream sandwiches)

Mini Double Chocolate Fudge Cookie Thins – Gluten Free (to eat and for ice cream sandwiches)

Bakes like a cookie – tastes like a brownie! Love eating them off the pan, or sandwich with frozen yogurt or ice cream. Gluten Free. Can use regular flour too! Crispy edges and slightly chewy this EASY cookies are praised for their deep chocolate flavor, studded with dark chocolate chips. How to Make: Melt butter […]

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 […]

Karen's Natural Orange Oat & Nut Granola

Karen’s Natural Orange, Oat & Nut Granola

A Zesty & Crunchy Granola Loaded with Almonds, Pecans and Natural Orange Rind. Such an addictive flavor using Orange Oil for added flavor (yes a recipe for that too!) I LOVE making granola! I eat some every morning with yogurt and berries, yes – e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y! See that is is citrus season right now – I […]

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, […]

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 […]

Goat Cheese and Garlic Pâté with Walnuts and Chives ~ Balsamic-Honey Drizzle

Holiday Hors d’oeuvres – From Latkes to Tapas

The holidays are times to gather with family and friends ~ to bing cheer, and indulge with spectacular food. Try my inventive and Special Appetizer Recipes which are made to be crowd pleasers! Below are some of my favorite, well tested recipes for Holiday Hors d’oeuvres. Many can be made a head of time ~ for […]

Karen’s Flourless Chocolate Crackle Cookies

My Favorite Holiday Cookies + NEW: Toffee Holiday Bars

Get baking with my line up of Holiday Cookies to Eat, Share & Enjoy! 15 cookies to savor!  For the holidays – do not miss: Holiday Nibbles & Hors d’oeuvres 24 Amazing & Creative Recipes for People Who Love Party Food! A Perfect Shortbread Crust is topped with a toffee flavored topping rich with Natural Coconut, Crystalized Ginger […]

Toffee Bars with Coconut, Ginger and Almonds

Toffee Bars with Coconut, Ginger and Almonds

A Perfect Shortbread Crust is topped with a toffee flavored topping rich with Natural Coconut, Crystalized Ginger & Sliced Almonds. Perfect for the Holidays, Entertaining and Gift Giving! Crunchy tops, creamy filling with a buttery shortbread base – all will enjoy these! See all My Favorite Holiday Cookies here! These Toffee Bars are SUPER-EASY to make! […]

Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue

Holiday Nibbles & Hors d’oeuvres Plus NEW: Mediterranean Slow-Baked Appetizer with Feta, Colorful Peppers, Olives & Garlic

As we say goodbye to 2022 and welcome a new year – the kitchen can be a place to create, mingle and experience wonderful festive foods. 24 Must-Make Crave-Worthy Appetizers for People Who Love Party Food! Let’s start with a CHEESY selection – recipes that incorporate cheese in various ways. A wonderful and easy appetizer […]

Mediterranean Slow-Baked Appetizer with Feta, Colorful Peppers, Olives & Garlic

Mediterranean Slow-Baked Appetizer with Feta, Colorful Peppers, Olives & Garlic

A wonderful and easy appetizer for the holidays all will enjoy! Spread on toasted bread and soak up all the amazing flavors. Cooks slowly in the oven until the peppers actually melt into the olive oil. Serve with toasted pita triangles or toasted baguette slices. Mediterranean Cuisine has bright, fresh flavors ~ mostly plant food […]

Karen’s Butternut Squash, Apple, Leek & Goat Cheese Frittata

Karen’s Butternut Squash, Apple, Leek & Goat Cheese Frittata

A light and flavorful frittata that has plenty of vegetables, apples, cheeses & eggs. Creates beautiful Mosaic Layers! Baked until puffy with a creamy-like texture – a meal in itself! The recipe that keeps giving! I can’t stop eating this frittata! Reheats brilliantly! Makes 9 BIG wedge portions. Great for lunch, a light dinner, snack, brunch… […]

Roast Turkey & Veggie Mexican-Style Hard Shell Tacos recipe

After Thanksgiving Recipes with your Leftovers And NEW: Karen’s Russian Dressing for Turkey

Here’s what I’m cooking up with the holiday’s leftovers. Soup, Salad, Throw-back Casserole, Tacos, Chef Salad, The Best Russian Dressing for Roast Turkey and more – create new meals for the week with minimal effort.  This easy and ZESTY Russian dressing features just 3 Ingredients! Perfect for dipping turkey, slathering on a sandwich or tossing […]

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 […]

Karen’s Marsala Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Here IS MY MUST-MAKE GRAVY RECIPE

As your turkey is going in the oven for the big holiday – Make your gravy magnificent these few tricks & methods! Karen’s Marsala Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving OVERVIEW – this is what you will do: METHOD (with turkey): Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scatter the carrots, celery, onions, shallots and garlic on the bottom […]

Karen’s Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy Recipe

Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy

How to cook the perfect turkey, stuffing and gravy. I have developed this recipe after years in the kitchen. You will use this recipe over and over again!  Karen’s trusted Turkey recipe. Detailed instructions that are easy to follow. Isn’t it all about the gravy? Aromatic roasted vegetables on the bottom of the pan, with […]

oast Turkey with Marsala Gravy, Sautéed Asparagus with Cranberries and Almonds and Layered Purple & Ivory Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving 2022 MAINS & SIDE-DISHES “MY FAVORITE RECIPES”

Thanksgiving is upon us ~ One of my favorite times to cook delicious food for friends and family. Here are my best-loved dishes to cook ~ classics with healthy twists! Main Dishes and Sides: (Next week Appetizers, Soups and Desserts!) Your New Thanksgiving Side Dish! Sweet & Nutty Delicata Squash layered with a Zesty Cider […]

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Aged Gouda – Maple Syrup Glaze recipe

Thanksgiving Overview: What to Cook Right Now & NEW Sautéed Spinach with Pine Nuts & Lemon

The Countdown to Thanksgiving is Upon Us – Create the most memorable meal with my creative, original & well tested recipes! See all: Appetizers, Salads, Side-Dishes, Turkey with the BEST Gravy and Desserts. The perfect Easy SautĂ© for a Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish. Great to master for weeknight meals too. Large leaf spinach pairs with […]

Sautéed Spinach with Lemon, Garlic & Pine Nuts

Sautéed Spinach with Lemon, Garlic & Pine Nuts

The perfect Easy SautĂ© 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 […]

Cheddar and Herb “Pennies” ~ Savory Shortbread Crackers on a marble platter

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

Thanksgiving is almost here – time to organize and cook delicious food! Here are my best-loved dishes to cook ~ classics with healthy twists! Today: Appetizers, Soups & Desserts NEW! Chocolate Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust – Vegan (Gluten Free too)  A wonderful decedent but not-too-rich pie with a press-in crust with a chocolate […]

Chocolate-Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust - Vegan

Chocolate Caramel Pie with Granola Coconut Crust – Vegan

A wonderful decedent but not-too-rich pie with a press-in crust with a chocolate base and caramel top layer. Finished with coconut whipped cream, honey-sugared peanuts and toasted coconut flakes. Love at first bite! Gluten Free too! Is this a delicious pie that just happens to be Vegan? ALL will enjoy this one! I cleverly use […]

Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Your New SIDE DISH for Thanksgiving! Sweet & Nutty Delicata Squash layered with a Zesty Cider Reduction and Topped with Sourdough-Parmesan-Thyme Breadcrumbs that bakes up Crispy & Golden. Yes ~ can be made a few days in advance! Pairs well with all your Thanksgiving Mains. How to Make this Recipe: Prepare Cider-Honey-Butter mixture. Cut Delicata […]

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 […]

Karen's Chunky Apple Maple Jelly on a Goat Cheese Crostini

Karen’s Chunky Apple Maple Jelly

So Simple and Irresistibly Delicious! The Key is two different Apples and a dose of really good maple syrup. Slather over your morning bread, for use as a topping for crostini as I did. A Chunky Jelly that’s definitely a little syrupy and ready to slather!  I’ve used a Macoun Apple (soft) and an Heirloom Hudson Golden […]

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 […]

Garlic Cheesy Toast with Garlic Confit

Garlic Cheesy Toast with Garlic Confit

This Garlic Toast takes garlic bread to a new level! Sourdough Bread gains flavor from the outdoor grill – kissed twice with garlic… Garlic Confit Oil and Softened Garlic Confit Cloves A little soft on the inside, crispy around the edges…not quite a “toast” ~ just the most DELICIOUS garlic bread/toast you ever had! And, […]

Karen’s Garlic Confit ~ A Silky, Spreadable Condiment

Karen’s Garlic Confit ~ A Silky, Spreadable Condiment

Garlic Confit is a “must have” recipe for every cook. Luscious softened garlic surrounded by a blend of healthy oils. Use the cloves and garlic- infused oil for a subtle yet rich flavor. Ok – I’m obsessed with garlic! I rarely cook without it. Nicknamed “the stinking rose” – it’s the most common flavoring agent in […]

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 […]

Karen's Quick & Easy Maple Caramel Sauce

Karen’s Quick & Easy Maple Caramel Sauce for Desserts

A Quick Sauce – Great for Drizzling over Desserts and Ice Cream. Use only real maple syrup – I have used barrel aged Vermont maple syrup. Three main ingredients – So quick & easy to prepare! Heat Real Maple Syrup with butter Add Coconut Cream and simmer until thickened and reduced ~ 5 minutes. Sprinkle […]

corn pudding with cheddar & chipotle crust in vintage casserole

Last Days of Summer: What to Cook This Week

Sumptuous Summer Recipes to Cook Before Fall – The BEST OF Corn, Tomatoes, Peaches & Basil! These fresh ingredients are still in full-swing abundance at Farmers’ Markets and local stores. CORN: I haven’t had a bad ear of corn all summer! Absolutely the best Summer Corn Pudding! Use just picked corn for a side dish […]

Summer Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers, White & Yellow Corn, Roasted Chickpeas, Chopped Parsley with a Ginger Dressing

Quinoa Salad with Nectarines, Corn, Cucumber, Roasted Chickpeas and a Ginger Dressing

A Simple Summer Salad with Big Flavors! Quinoa is cooked fluffy with turmeric and local farm- fresh ingredients gets a topping of a quick Gingery Dressing. Not only is Quinoa Gluten Free – but  is so simple to cook! I add Turmeric for color and health values. Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a type of edible seed […]

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 Raspberry Sherbet with White Chocolate Shavings

Karen’s Raspberry Sherbet with Shaved White Chocolate

A flavor explosion with beautiful color and texture. This simple Sherbet has just the right sweetness and is so refreshing! The perfect treat to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Totally loving the white chocolate shavings mixed-into the sherbet.  What is Sherbert (you might be thinking…) ? Sherbet is not quite ice cream and […]

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. PurĂ©ed 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 […]

Custard Rice Pudding with Berries

Karen’s Custard Rice Pudding with Berries

The Ultimate Comfort Food –  Baked Creamy Rice Pudding made with Jasmine Rice – Enriched with Coconut Milk. I’m serving the rice pudding with red & golden raspberries from a farmers’ market and a drizzle of blackberry sauce.  I found these sweet & delicious raspberries at my local farmers’ market grown By Smith’s Acres Farm in […]

The finished blackberry sauce to drizzle over the custard rice pudding

Karen’s Quick Blackberry Sauce

I love this quick blackberry sauce for drizzling on many desserts – especially my Custard Rice Pudding with Berries. Make the sauce when the blackberries taste sweet and not too sour. Drizzle this on everything… Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Cakes and Crepes! Enjoy! Karen I love this quick blackberry sauce for drizzling on many desserts […]

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 […]

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 Fresh Summer Pea Pesto

Summer Pesto Recipes and NEW: Fresh Pea & Basil Pesto!

Ah…Pesto in Summer – I’m blending Fresh Peas from their pods with traditional pesto ingredients for a creamy and earthy flavor – a Pesto you will love! English Peas – are known for their sweet flavor and bright, beautiful green color. These need to be shucked from their pods… the prize is inside. Find them […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Burger with Zesty Ranch

22 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 […]

Shortcakes with Rhubarb, Blueberries and Coconut Whipped Cream

Shortcakes with Rhubarb, Blueberries and Coconut Whipped Cream

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 using Rhubarb and Blueberries. The perfect ending to your Memorial Day Celebration – or anytime […]

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 […]

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 […]

Burst Heirloom Tomatoes Over Pasta with Shrimp in vintage bowl

Mother’s Day Recipes – Let’s Celebrate Mom!

Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with some delicious home cooking. If you have been making the same recipes for years… Have I got some tempting ideas for you! Always healthy, true ingredients & inventive. Something for everyone! Brunch Ideas ~ Main Courses ~ Creative Salads ~ Something Sweet for Mom Brunch Ideas ~ In Season […]

Shrimp Salad with Roasted Pepper Mayonnaise

Shrimp Salad with Roasted Pepper Mayo & Veggies

A light and delicious salad… Perfectly Cooked Colossal Shrimp paired with a Roasted Pepper Mayonnaise with Crunchy Corn & Celery with Roasted Pepper Strips tossed in. Learn to make Mayonnaise from scratch! Not difficult if you follow my step-by-step recipe ~ Roasted Peppers, Garlic, Vadalia Onions are blitzed in for flavor. Why make your own […]

Rhubarb & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

13 Rhubarb Recipes! And NEW: 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! I have a special place in my heart for Rhubarb… ready to pick now through summer. My grandparents had plentiful rhubarb plants sprawling in their garden, and rhubarb pie was typically served after […]

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 […]

Salmon Steaks with Basil & Macadamia Pesto

Salmon Steaks with Basil & Macadamia Nut Pesto

Elegant Roulades of Boned Salmon Steaks with a Pink Peppercorns Crust are Topped with a Delicious Basil & Macadamia Nut Pesto. Perfect for a special gathering! Yes – you can use Salmon Steaks or Salmon Filets as well! This method – rolling into roulades makes a boneless – most tender, melt-in-your-mouth delectable “Salmon Steak.” Once you […]

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.

Karen's Pine Nut Macaroon Cookies - includes "almond paste" you make

Karen’s Pine Nut Macaroon Cookies – includes “almond paste” you make

Delicious Soft Pine Nut Cookies with a Crispy Exterior ~ Perfect for Passover & Easter. Naturally Gluten Free. These are EASY and FUN to Make! Many recipes you will see add purchased almond paste – it’s all in my recipe. Here you start swirling almonds and sugar, add egg white and pure almond extract – […]

Passover Quinoa Pilaf with Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas

Passover 2022 Recipes plus NEW: Quinoa Pilaf with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas & Mint

Healthful and Hearty Passover Recipes you can make with confidence. 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. A Big Batch Side-Dish (serves 12) That Pairs Well With All […]

Passover Quinoa Pilaf with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas & Mint

Passover Quinoa Pilaf with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas & Mint

A Big Batch Side-Dish That Pairs Well With All Your Passover Main Courses. Fluffy Quinoa with Onions, Leeks and  Spring Veggies, adorned with Fresh Mint – all will love! Add lots of mint leaves at the end… not just a garnish but part of the dish. Quinoa for Passover… Why Not? I always have had […]

Homemade Chicken & Veggie Burgers with Maple Glazed Shallots and Roasted Tomato Ketchup

Homemade Chicken & Veggie Burgers with Maple Glazed Shallots and Roasted Tomato Ketchup

The Best Homemade Healthy Burgers brimming with Veggies and topped with addictive Maple Glazed Shallots… and a recipe for Homemade Ketchup with Canned Plum Tomatoes! For BEST Chicken Burgers – grind fresh chicken and then form into patties with veggies and seasonings. Use a food processor and pulse chicken tenderloins and boneless, skinless chicken thigh […]

Homemade Roasted Ketchup with canned plum tomatoes

Karen’s Roasted Tomato Ketchup

How to Make Homemade Ketchup Year-Round: Use Italian Canned Plum Tomatoes! I just couldn’t wait for ripe summer tomatoes ~ so I created this recipe using the best quality canned tomatoes. I love making my own ketchup, not too sweet with savory intense flavors. You can whirl it smooth or leave slightly chunky. The First […]

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 […]

Little Gem Salad with Cara Cara Caesar-ish Dressing with Garlic Parmesan Toasts

18 Zesty Citrus Recipes

Before Winter Ends – Take Advantage of a Multitude of Citrus to Brighten Every Recipe! Slow cooked Salmon with a Tart & Zesty Multi-Citrus Salsa is an easy meal cooked in a Parchment Package. Produces tender salmon with a sauce baked in! Make the season bright this year with the freshest jewel toned citrus. A great […]

Skillet Chili-Shrimp and Blackened Green Beans with Blood Orange Butter Sauce

Skillet Chili-Shrimp and Blackened Green Beans with Blood Orange Butter Sauce

A Simple Skillet Dish with Big ZESTY Flavors – perfect for a weeknight meal, special enough for company. Who doesn’t love a quick Shrimp SautĂ©? This dish boasts tons of flavor with Chili Seasoning, Blackened Green Beans and a delectable French Style Butter sauce a-la “beurre blanc.” BUT lighter…lightened-up with just a few tablespoons of […]

Hot & Sour Soup - Thai Style

Karen’s Thai-Style Hot & Sour Soup

A Thai twist on the beloved Chinese soup – best made at home with the freshest ingredients! Tips on how to adjust the heat so it’s just right! Totally worth your time… yummy! Gluten Free.  Hot and Sour Soup is a tradionally is a Chinese soup that’s savory, spicy and tangy – its flavor is incredibly […]

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. […]

Valentine's Day Treat: Grapefruit Sherbert & Coconut Heart Sable Cookies

Valentine’s Day Treat: Grapefruit Sherbet & Coconut Heart SablĂ© Cookies

Three Ingredient Grapefruit Sherbert is Creamy Vegan Delicious! Add a Coconut SablĂ© Cookie frosted with a white chocolate glaze and topped with raspberry coconut for the perfect dessert for you & your loved ones!  What is Sherbert (you might be thinking…) ? Sherbet is not quite ice cream and not quite sorbet. It is made […]

Glorious Grapefruit Sorbet with Three Ingredients - Vegan

Glorious Grapefruit Sherbert with Three Ingredients – Vegan

Red Ruby Grapefruit Juice – with pulp is combined with Coconut Milk and Pure Cane Sugar. Churns to a light and creamy sherbert with a zesty, fruit flavor that is not too sweet and totally refreshing! What is Sherbert (you might be thinking…) ? Sherbet is not quite ice cream and not quite sorbet. It […]

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

Coconut Heart Shaped SablĂ© 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! SablĂ©s, also known as a French Butter Cookie or Breton Biscuit, are […]

Karen’s Roasted 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 […]

Pistachio Crusted Branzino with Grapefruit Salad

Pistachio Crusted Branzino with Grapefruit Salad

A Restaurant Quality meal you can make at home! Featuring Pistachio Crusted Fish with a Grapefruit-Butter Sauce and Composed Grapefruit Salad You’ll love this salad: See the linked Salad Recipe: Composed Grapefruit Salad with Ginger-Grapefruit Vinaigrette Try it on top of the pistachio-crusted fish.. or by itself! “SuprĂŞme” refers to the classic culinary technique of […]

Composed Grapefruit Salad with Ginger-Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Composed Grapefruit Salad with Ginger-Grapefruit Vinaigrette

A Mix of Healthy Lettuces with Ruby Grapefruit Segments Lacquered with a Zesty Citrus Vinaigrette As you know, I love the flavor and tang of Citrus Fruits! This simple composed salad takes just minutes to prepare. Start by whisking the Ginger-Grapefruit Vinaigrette – I like using Red Ruby Grapefruit Juice for its punch of crimson […]

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 […]

Asian Glass Noodle Stir-Fry With Too Many Vegetables

Asian Glass Noodle Stir-Fry With Too Many Vegetables

You’ll slurp up these Gluten Free Sweet Potato Noodles with Vegetables Galore! Crispy, Crunchy & Chewy with a Soy-Chili-Citrus Sauce – Delish!  A flavorful soy-chili-citrus sauce is cooked with a bevy of vegetables and silky-chewy Glass Noodles (made with sweet potato starch.) A flavor explosion – gluten free, vegan and dairy free. Topping are an […]

Southwest Green Shakshuka with Hatch Chile Oil

Southwest Style Green Shakshuka with Hatch Chili Oil

What to eat on New Years Day! Gather the ingredients you will need and pump up the green antioxidants in this one-pan dish. Healthy and satisfying with mild heat. My favorite Brunch recipe! Also see: Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres , Pick-Up Appetizers & Nibbles for amazing New Year’s Eve ideas! With the surge for global cuisine […]

Karen's Red & Green Hatch Chili Oil

Karen’s Hatch Chili Oil

A quick infused oil with lingering mild heat. Dried Red & Green Hatch Chiles are infused with a fruity olive oil. Lends a mild kick and an extra boost of Southwestern flavor. Dried Red & Green Hatch Chiles are infused with a fruity olive oil. Lends a mild kick and a Southwestern flavor.

Natural Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies

Holiday Cookies! Plus NEW: Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies

Get baking with my line up of Holiday Cookies to Eat, Share & Enjoy! You’ll love my new Mexican Wedding Cookies – 2 flavors:  Strawberry or Gluten Free Double Chocolate! Plus 10 more creative cookie recipes. (Press on titles for recipes) For the holidays – do not miss: Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres , Pick-Up Appetizers & Nibbles These […]

Natural Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies

Natural Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies

These addictive melt-in-your-mouth cookies are getting a flavor revamp with crushed freeze dried strawberries. Enjoy these powdered sugar-dusted, crunchy, nut-filled cookies ~ a true holiday treat! I have named these cookies ” Mexican Wedding Cookies” yet similar cookies called Snowball Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes and sometime Mexican Wedding Cakes. The cookies have a distinctive tangy strawberry essence without artificial […]

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies

Enjoy these Gluten Free powdered sugar-dusted, crunchy, nut-filled cookies filled with walnuts, cocoa powder and chopped dark chocolate. Gluten free never tasted so good! Enjoy these Gluten Free powdered sugar-dusted, crunchy, nut-filled cookies filled with walnuts, cocoa powder and chopped dark chocolate. Gluten free never tasted so good!

Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres , Pick-Up Appetizers & Nibbles

Stress free entertaining: Christmas, New Years Eve and New Year’s Day. Get cooking with these Well-Tested Recipes. Creative, Healthy and Inspiring. The holiday season continues as we ring in the new 2022 year! 16 Must-Make Crave-Worthy Appetizers for People Who Love Party Food! Let’s start with a CHEESY selection – recipes that incorporate cheese in […]

Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue

Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue

A killer appetizer!! These pop-in-your-mouth meatball~crostini~marinara bites are topped with a flowing, easy fontina cheese fondue. Spinach & Chicken Meatballs have a light texture and roast beautifully. Recipe makes 50 miniature Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizers with Fontina Fondue. Can also freeze some mini meatballs for another use. This recipe can be made gluten free using gluten […]

Spinach & Chicken Meatballs in vintage skillet

Totally Homemade Spinach & Chicken Meatballs

Loads of Spinach mixed in to Freshly Ground Chicken – that you grind! This makes the most delicious and nutritious meatballs with an amazing texture. Recipe makes 50 medium sized meatballs or – 35 plus 30 miniature for hors d’oeuvres. I make a big batch here – eat some for the week, tuck the rest away […]

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

How to Make the BEST Potato Latkes! & After Thanksgiving Recipes for your Leftovers

Just when we have digested the Thanksgiving dinner (and leftovers the entire weekend) – Chanukah is here! And it’s time to enjoy some crispy latkes. There is still time to creatively use up your tasty leftovers… see below. Enjoy Potato Latkes this week ~ learn the tricks of a crispy yet light potato pancake. There are many interesting flavor combinations. […]

Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

After Thanksgiving Recipes with your Leftovers

Here’s what I’m cooking up with the holiday’s leftovers. Soup, Salad, Throw-back Casserole, Tacos, Chef Salad, Frittata and more – create new meals for the week with minimal effort.  After Thanksgiving – besides dunking roast turkey into russian dressing (homemade of course) I crave this soup! It’s zesty lemony flavor with many vegetables mingling in […]

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 […]

Lightened-Up Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Lightened-Up Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée

A cracked caramel-sugar top with a creamy chocolate dessert underneath. Made entirely with milk, not a drop of heavy cream! Lightened-Up: Creamy, decadent and delicious… decadent but not too rich! Ingredients for Chocolate Crème BrĂ»lĂ©e ~ Port Wine soaked Cherries optional  I really love all custard-y sweets – there are dozens of culinary desserts based on […]

Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy

Thanksgiving 2022 – Mastering Turkey & Gravy PLUS All the SIDES

Make the most flavorful turkey with a memorable gravy you will make every year. See my tricks and hints! Plus – let’s also get serious with a Creative & Healthy Mix of Crave Worthy SIDE DISHES. It’s all about the gravy! Learn how to make a dark, caramelized and flavorful gravy – and it’s not […]

Sunchoke & Squash Soup Recipe

Sunchoke & Kabocha Soup with Fabulous Garnishes

Sunchokes lend a creaminess to warm soups, perfectly paired with the velvety smooth Kabocha Squash for a wonderful Fall & Winter Soup. A great festive yet simple recipe for Thanksgiving. Vegan. I love serving soup on Thanksgiving! Why not try serving a soup with appetizers in individual shot glasses? A simple soup with 6 yummy garnishes! […]

Pistachio Allspice Shortbread - Brits call "Biscuits"

Pistachio-Allspice “Biscuit” Shortbread – Ode to Ted Lasso

A delicious melt-in-your-mouth shortbread you will love! And wouldn’t Rebecca from the Ted Lasso television series approve? Here are traditional British Biscuits, in America they are Shortbreads – revived with nuts & spice. While watching Apple TV’s series Ted Lasso, I would wonder as Ted (Jason Sudeikis) drops off a little pink box of biscuits to Rebecca […]

Fantastic Fennel Parmesan in a black baking pan

Fantastic Fennel Parmesan

Perfectly sliced Roasted Fennel is getting topped with Garlicky Bread Crumbs, Tomato Sauce, Fresh Cut Tomatoes and topped with Shaved Parmesan. A Lightened-Up Veggie Parmesan!  Fennel is delicious raw – thinly sliced and tossed into salads. When cooked, fennel softens, the flavor becomes sweet and mild with a luscious creamy texture. Similar to anise, fennel […]

Double Garlic Pizza with Roasted & Chopped fresh Garlic

Garlic Garlic Pizza!

Karen’s Perfect Pizza Dough is topped with a Roasted Garlic purĂ©e, 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, […]

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