Appetizers, Salads

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… Continue reading Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

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Main Course Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Seafood Recipes

Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

  I'm a pesto loving fool.  I'm also a tomato loving fool.  Thankfully, this dish has 'em both (plus super cool spiraled zucchini noodles).  I'm a fool in love, and in this particular instance I'm referring to my dinner. What do I love about this dish (other than the pesto and tomatoes?): The harmonious balance… Continue reading Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

Main Course Recipes

Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Here I go again.  Overhauling one of Grandma's classic recipes.  I just can't help myself. Grandma's consists of ground beef, a pack of onion soup mix, and a ketchup-brown sugar glaze.  I lightened it up, and increased the flavor (sign of the times).  Mine has ground turkey, spinach, ricotta, parmesan, onion, garlic, herbs and spices.… Continue reading Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Appetizers, Grilled Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Grilled Caprese Salad

  Here's a recent dialogue I had with a caprese salad.  (What, you don't talk to your food?  What, your food doesn't talk back?)  ME: Oh, caprese.  You are the embodiment of simple and delicious.  You make me happy.  There's no way you could be any better.  CAPRESE: GRILL ME! When my food speaks to… Continue reading Grilled Caprese Salad

Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Caprese Mac and Cheese

  Mac and Cheese in August?  I'll take it, but with a summer spin.  Even during these warm months, I still need a big bowl of cheesy, noodley goodness. I think we all do. For this batch of goodness, I combined mozzarella, sharp white cheddar, parmesan, and cream cheese to make a velvety smooth sauce.… Continue reading Caprese Mac and Cheese

Appetizers, Snacks, Vegetarian Recipes

Easiest Bruschetta Ever

Sometimes, it's as easy as combining freshly baked bread, a ripe tomato, and basil.  Pour yourself a glass of white wine, and the perfect afternoon snack or light lunch is served.   Ingredients: 2 slices of fresh bread, lightly toasted (or not, your preference) 1 ripe tomato, sliced 2 fresh basil leaves, torn 2 tsp… Continue reading Easiest Bruschetta Ever

Pasta Recipes, Seafood Recipes

Summer Spaghetti with Shrimp

  I LOVE PASTA!  That's all there is to it.  I try to minimize my carb intake, especially at night.  That being said, sometimes I have to give in to my craving for a big bowl of pasta.  In the summer months, this dish is perfect.  I know perfect is a strong word, but really,… Continue reading Summer Spaghetti with Shrimp