Classic Hummus

  Don’t buy it.  Make it yourself.  More fun and flavor are to be had! If you normally read something like the above in a food blog or publication and think to yourself,  “sure, I should do that,” … but then, upon further and deeper thought, you say to yourself (honestly) … “Even though thatContinue reading “Classic Hummus”

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 balanceContinue reading “Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp”

Maple Almond Granola

It’s made up of pantry staples.  It’s a whiz to throw together.  It’s the first request from my sisters when they come visit. It’s GRANOLA.  I can’t tell you how many requests I get to make granola.  When my sisters came to visit a few weeks ago, this version made an appearance.  A very shortContinue reading “Maple Almond Granola”

Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

  Aside from having a name that sounds like the title of an old Grateful Dead concert tour, these turkey taco zucchini (or “Zuk” if you love abbreviating like I do) boats are fun and oh so tasty. Weeknight summer dinners are all about simplicity, beauty, and the use of the freshest ingredients.  Zucchini isContinue reading “Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats”

Pressed Italian Sandwich

  Food tastes better when eaten outdoors.  That’s just a universally known scientific fact. Some of my fondest memories have involved food being enjoyed outdoors.  Whether gathered around my dad’s grill listening to the sizzle of his famous chicken or ribs, twirling spaghetti on the patio of my favorite restaurant, or the simple pleasure ofContinue reading “Pressed Italian Sandwich”

Mexican Couscous Salad

  Here’s a simple one for ya.  No excuse for ya not to make this salad.  (I’m going to type “ya” in this post. Ya got it?) This salad is easy to prepare and even easier to gobble up.  Just combine the ingredients then toss and serve. I make this one constantly during the summerContinue reading “Mexican Couscous Salad”

Lentil Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta Cheese

Here’s a clever little twist I came up with.  I added a couple ingredients to this lovely lentil orzo salad recipe from my archives.  This time around, I topped it with sauteed shrimp and crumbled feta cheese.  Yeah, I hear ya … “Real clever, Emily.  Adding crumbled feta and sauteed shrimp to most anything willContinue reading “Lentil Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta Cheese”

Spring Greens with Grilled Chicken, Strawberries, Avocado, and Feta

  The classic example of seasonal fruit.  When strawberries are in season, I can not resist.  I say hello to these beauties during May and June when they’re plump, sweet, and juicy.  Then, I say goodbye until the following Spring.  Simply delicious this time of year.  Yup, I’m a strawberry snob and proud of it.Continue reading “Spring Greens with Grilled Chicken, Strawberries, Avocado, and Feta”

The Ultimate Bagel with Smoked Salmon and all the Fixings

  Holiday breakfast, game day eats, or the morning after things got a little carried away at the bar.  A wonderful late night indulgence, my personal fav.  Also, the perfect no-cook spread for entertaining.  The ultimate bagel wears many hats, and they all look stylish. Here’s how to put on your “entertaining” hat:  The morningContinue reading “The Ultimate Bagel with Smoked Salmon and all the Fixings”

Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

  Zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) are healthy, light, and delicious.  Another plus, the gorgeous presentation these luscious strands of goodness make. I use a vegetable spiral slicer or julienne peeler to make zoodles.  If you don’t have one of these “fancy” kitchen tools, use a box grater or cut zucchini by hand into small strips,Continue reading “Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)”