Incredibly tender and moist, bursting with fresh blueberries, and creamy ricotta, these muffins are topped with a decadent streusel and served with a zesty lemon curd. Impeccably delicious balance of sweet, tart, creamy and crunchy, they are the perfect treat for brunch, breakfast or just a snack.
Simple tomato and pesto tarts make for a great summer appetizer or light dinner. Super easy, and yet impressive, the store-bought puff pastry topped with citrusy and herby goat cheese, cherry tomatoes and pesto get a final flourish of spicy microgreens tossed in Basil EVOO.
Perfect for feeding a crowd! A good mezze platter or grazing board is filled with veggies, pita, assorted spreads and dips and offers a little something for everyone! Often considered an appetizer, in most of the eastern Mediterranean it can become the entire meal!
This is soooo easy!! Just sear sweet, juicy summer peaches wrapped in salty pancetta until crunchy, drizzle with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze, and serve! The perfect marriage of sweet and savory making a crispy, juicy, easy and delicious summer appetizer.
Set up like a cookie but moist like a muffin this is really the best part of a muffin – the top, disguised as a cookie. Filled with delicious blueberry flavor and topped with a blueberry reduction.
Creamy, savory, light, this Italian sauce or ragu made without any tomatoes, is inspired by our recent trip to Umbria, Italy. The traditional trinity of onion, carrot and celery adds flavor and the salty pancetta and rich chicken thighs combine to create a luscious and tasty entrée.
Bright Mediterranean inspired flavors, nutritious veggies, lean protein and a creamy yogurt sauce all combine to create the ultimate meal prep or satisfying quick dinner. These Greek inspired meatballs (keftedes), are paired with typical mezze components to create a healthy meal.
Tender shrimp, aromatic lemongrass, rich coconut milk and Thai curry come together inside a parchment packet to create amazing flavor with little effort. Cutting open the parchment packets releases the wonderful fragrance of the aromatics and coconut – heavenly!
This easy, semi-homemade approach to jam and oat bars are ready in about 20 minutes and taste fabulous. I love the buttery yet savory and fruity taste of the oatmeal crumble and the versatility of changing out the flavors of preserves or even using lemon curd to easily make a variety of bars.
Store bought pie crust, canned pumpkin puree, Holiday Spice flavored maple syrup and just a tad more spices create this irresistible smooth, creamy pie that is amped up further by a Bourbon Barrel aged maple syrup whipped cream. AAAH, my tastebuds are in heaven!
Smoked salmon, bagels and cream cheese go so well together, especially when topped with some sliced red onion and capers. But what if you are hosting vegetarians – well I decided to make a tomato lox marinated in tamari, smoked EVOO and kelp powder to replicate those wonderful flavors.
Cauliflower rubbed with a chakalaka mix characterized by a spicy seasoning of crushed chili and fragrant spices is a delicious, distinctive and a fabulous addition to your dinner table. Paired with a cooling mint sauce, you can serve this as a side or as I have with couscous, to make a healthy dinner.
Tender black pasta cloaked in a garlicky, chunky diced tomato sauce that is ready in less than 20 minutes but tastes like it has simmered much longer thanks to the dehydrated Arrabbiata spice mix. Add a burst of fresh basil to the party, and your tastebuds will be dancing tonight!
Easy baked cinnamon crisps are made from flour tortillas that are magically transformed into crunchy bites of yumminess. Served with fresh delicious fruit for a healthy twist along with delectable drizzles of almond crème, pistachio creams AND the sweet tang from a hazelnut vinegar reduction, this dessert balances decadence without over-indulgence.
Fiesta Carrot rice is really not rice at all, but finely riced or grated carrots to which sweet corn, protein-rich black beans, aromatic garlic and onion, and citrusy cilantro are added. It is all drizzled with a not to be missed Jalapeño crema that is addictive!
Full of the flavors of summer, this potato side goes well with everything from steaks, grilled chicken, and even burgers. The fresh feta adds a saltiness and tanginess to this creamy dressing that balances perfectly with the hint of spiciness from the arugula, garlic and radish.
Indian flavors, Middle-Eastern hummus and Mexican tacos come together in a fusion of amazing flavors and textures that will excite your palate. Every bite leaves you wanting more!
I spent many years in Providence, RI and regularly visited a local, authentic Vietnamese restaurant where I always ordered Nime Chow -- Fresh Spring rolls, or Summer Rolls (among other things). Not the fried ones but the light, delicate ones that are filled with fresh shrimp and crisp veggies.
These black bean burgers are bold, hearty, high in protein and chock full of flavor! Added bonus, they are so very easy to make.
A traditional French composed salad is usually artfully arranged on a platter versus tossed, creating an elegant presentation. It is easy to make with much of the prep work done ahead of time, so it is a great salad for a dinner party or weeknight meal.
Spiced potatoes and cauliflower with turmeric, cumin, green chilies, and ginger is one of my favorite Indian dishes and, for me the ultimate comfort food.
A shrub (no not that beautiful bush in your yard) is a cocktail (or soft drink) made popular in the American Colonial Era that combines a fruit, vinegar and sugar, to which carbonated water is added, and to which you can also add alcohol if you choose.
Growing up in India, this meal was one Mom made when we were having lots of people over. You basically make noodles, a coconutty Burmese gravy or sauce, and an array of contrasting toppings and accompaniments. Serve it family style and everyone customizes their bowl to their own liking
For those of you who know me, you know that summer is my favorite season. But, as soon as fall hits, I can’t wait to make this orange, cinnamon and all spice cake. Not only will you love the flavor, but you will also love how divine it makes the whole house smell.
A Spanish chilled soup that is gazpacho’s lesser known, but thicker, creamier cousin! A fabulous no-cook option for a week night.
Summer trifecta – zesty lemon, sweet corn, herby basil, plus al dente pasta all tossed in a luscious sauce of puréed corn. A perfect weeknight meal.
Olive oil makes exceptionally good cakes particularly when you use a light, fruity oil such as Arbequina that adds flavor without too much pepperiness. If you’ve never made an olive oil cake, BE BRAVE and give this one a try – I think you will fall in love with how tender, light and moist it is.