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

Asparagus, Leek & Spinach Frittata

Asparagus, Leek & Spinach Frittata“Olive oil … asparagus … if your mother wasn’t so fancy,
we could shop at the gas station like normal people.”

Homer Simpson

I said I wouldn’t do it
Last week I wrote that while I turned my attention to gardening, my postings would only be once a week . . . unless I couldn’t help myself Continue reading

Roasted & Marinated Beets

Roasted, Marinating Beets(c) jfhaugenBeets in the summer, beets in the fall;
Beets in the winter may be best of all!

Roasted and Marinated Beets by themselves, as stars in a salad with goat cheese and walnuts or as a side vegetable with polenta or other grains are great ways to enjoy beet’s vibrant purple-crimson color, earthy-sweet taste, smooth texture and nutrition Continue reading

Fig Black Olive Walnut Tapenade

Fig, Black Olive &Walnut Tapenade Ingredients (c) jfhaugen

Healthful & Delicious
Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres

“May the Calendar Keep Bringing
Happy Holidays To You.”

As the calendar brings us closer to Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, so it also brings happy holidays with an increase in parties and gatherings from now until New Year’s Day. With more and more of us eating cleaner and healthier diets, there also comes a quandary around the holidays—what to prepare and what to eat that is both healthful and delicious Continue reading

Watercress, Belgian Endive & Pear Salad with Goat Cheese, Shallot-Mustard Vinaigrette & Maple-Glazed Walnuts

Watercress, Endive, Pear Glazed Walnut Salad w/ Shallot Mustard Vinaigrette “There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”     

 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, maybe 15 minutes, but those are sacred minutes for eating a pear. Its texture becomes velvety, moist and glistens in the light. And its luscious, heavenly fragrance and  flavor are the essence of “pearness.” Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash w/ Sautéed Vegetables, Kalamata Olives & Feta Cheese

Baked Spaghetti Squash (c) jfhaugenA Curious New Vegetable

Friends of ours grow the most beautiful spaghetti squash and even better, they share their abundance with us, along with their hard-neck garlic, raspberries and rhubarb Continue reading