Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

  “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” Laura Ingalls Wilder was right on. The freshness of your ingredients – heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, fresh basil – make this simple salad so beautiful and delicious. Ideal for late summer gatherings with friends or family.  Pair with a […]

Asparagus, Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

  I have to give you an excuse for going over a month between blog posts.  Would you believe I spent the last month in French Polynesia, retracing the last years of impressionist painter Paul Gauguin?  I wouldn’t either. (I’ll save that for next year.) How about the fact that my good friend, chef Mario […]

My Favorite Morning Smoothie

I should trademark this phrase. ‘My Favorite Morning Smoothie.’  It’ll undoubtedly be the upcoming title of a new band,  a popular song, or political podcast.  Alas, for now, it shall be the modest title of my most recent post. (Don’t any of you go stealing it!) In addition to being low in calories and high […]

How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto

  Are you reluctantly saying goodbye to summer?  Here’s my perception. Whip up a large batch of homemade pesto.  Then freeze it.  IN ICE CUBE TRAYS!! (yes, that deserved the double exclamation point).  We all love the smell and taste of fresh basil pesto.  We need it during the non summer months.  That said, here’s […]

Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing

  Chicken salad is so subjective.  Everyone thinks of something a little different when they hear those two words. Everyone has their favorite way to prepare it.  I wouldn’t dare claim this recipe as “the best” or “the greatest.”  I’ll be political here.  What I will tell you?  This is the way I like it […]

Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing

  The classic wedge salad is making a comeback.  The revolution is happening in your kitchen.  Not a steakhouse. Believe it. A hunk of super crisp iceberg lettuce soaked in creamy homemade ranch dressing and topped with crispy bacon, scallions, tomatoes, crumbly blue cheese, and freshly cracked black pepper.  It may not be the healthiest […]

Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing

  This post is gonna be short and sweet.  No need to elaborate on the “process” involved in making this dressing.  Just know that you should never be afraid to make your own.   Tangy, herbaceous, and refreshing … after making this recipe, you will never go back to the store-bought stuff.  Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing […]

Baked Brie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Thyme

  Appetizers for dinner.  Appetizers for dinner!!!  Little nibbles of deliciousness throughout the evening.  When dinner is done “appetizer style,” I’m happy.  Paired with a glass of red wine, appetizers for dinner can’t be beat. I love this healthier take on baked brie.  This recipe ditches baked brie’s typical buttery filo or puff pastry shell, […]

Green Beans with Feta and Pine Nuts

  I could have eaten the entire bowl of these green beans.  Seriously, all 2 pounds of them!  (Maybe I did…and maybe I’m proud of it.)  These crisp green beans are paired with salty feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, and sweet red onions.  A big time crowd pleaser. This is a great side dish to […]