Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette – Vibrant Refreshing Salad for Spring

Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette –Vibrant Refreshing Salad for SpringSpring Alive — Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette, Scallions, Crisp Apple, Toasted Walnuts

A perfect salad strikes a balance between crisp and tender, crunchy and soft, mild and bold, sweet, tart, pungent and bitter, creamy and textured. Spring Greens with Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette strikes that balance perfectly. The combination of both mild and bitter greens, thinly Continue reading

Cheese Quesadillas with Cilantro, Scallions and Two Cheeses

Cheese Quesadillas with Cilantro, Scallions and Two Cheeses

Cheese Quesadillas You’ll Love – Crisp, Creamy & Flavorful

Preparing for this past Saturday’s Bold Sauces Around the World cooking class (pictured above), I wanted to include a basic cheese quesadilla to serve with Mango Avocado Salsa. Easy enough to do. Or so I thought. The first quesadilla off the griddle was so disappointing. A soggy Continue reading

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Beet Salad – Gorgeous, Healthy, Delicious

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Beet Salad – Gorgeous, Healthy, DeliciousBalsamic Glazed Roasted Beet Salad
With Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Fresh Mint

I’ve always enjoyed beets. But this summer more than ever. The result of changing my method for roasting them. To highlight their naturally sweet and earthy flavor, I marinate and roast them in a savory balsamic vinegar marinade. This is also the key for the most Continue reading

Kale Tabouli with Pear Walnut & Pomegranate

Kale Tabouli with Pear Walnut & PomegranateKale Tabouli Salad – Refreshing, Festive & Flavorful

The jewel-like sparkle of Kale Tabouli, along with its ease of preparation, makes it an ideal salad for Thanksgiving and beyond. Kale Tabouli’s bright flavors from juicy pears, crunchy walnuts and sweet/tart pomegranate seeds provide a great counter to all the richness of Continue reading

Summer Vegetable Gratin w/ Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chard, Pesto

Summer Vegetable Gratin w/ Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chard, PestoSummer Vegetable Gratin – A Go-To Recipe for Late Summer Vegetables

With an almost overwhelming abundance of late summer vegetables in the garden or your CSA box, the ongoing search for new recipes continues. This recipe for a Summer Vegetable Gratin is a winner. Layering large amounts of eggplant, tomatoes, chard and basil makes one very flavorful gratin. Continue reading

Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Tomato, Avocado, Goat Cheese

Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Tomato & AvocadoGrilled Cheese Sandwich—A Perfect Comfort Food

Quick, easy to prepare and made from ingredients already in the house. That’s my current definition of a comfort food. A hot, toasty grilled cheese sandwich totally fits the bill. Juicy, ripe tomatoes Continue reading

Peperonata — Bold & Versatile Italian Stewed Sweet Peppers

Peperonata — Bold & Versatile Italian Stewed Sweet PeppersPeperonata — Appetizer, Side Dish, Pasta Sauce, Pizza Topping, Omelet Filling, etc.

“They look like worms.” Though, after one bite, Paul’s opinion changed to, “Delicious!” There’s nothing else quite like the sweet and savory taste of Peperonata. This colorful blend of sweet peppers stewed Continue reading