Greek Salad — Fresh, Vibrant, Easy

Greek Salad— Fresh, Vibrant, EasyAll the Right Stuff for a Superb Greek Salad

Such incredible abundance and variety of beautiful produce this time of year. Colorful, filled to overflowing displays at farmers’ markets with late summer’s bounty. All the right stuff for a superb Greek Salad: ripe, sweet and juicy tomatoes, cool, crisp cucumbers and full-flavored herbs. Continue reading

Green Bean Salad w/ Tomatoes & Herbs

Green Bean Salad w/ Tomatoes & HerbsInspiration from the July Garden

Last week we celebrated the first raspberries. We enjoyed them unadorned, delighting in their succulence and flavor. This week we’ve felt equally content eating just-picked green beans, fresh tomatoes and herbs in an improvised Green Bean Salad. All inspired by a hanging garden of green beans and our first few ripe and luscious tomatoes. Continue reading

Watermelon Salad w/ Arugula, Feta & Greek Olives

Watermelon Salad w/ Arugula, Feta & Greek OlivesThe Sweet, Salty, Hot & Sour Flavors of Watermelon Salad

You know what watermelon tastes like. Cool and refreshing, satisfyingly juicy and sweet. It’s all those things and more when combined with the salty, hot and sour flavors in Watermelon Salad. An amazing transformation takes place. Continue reading

Sun-Dried Tomato & Greek Olive Tapenade

Sundried Tomato Greek Olive TapenadeThe One-Minute Appetizer
It doesn’t get much faster or easier than preparing this recipe for a boldly flavored Sun-Dried Tomato and Greek Olive Tapenade (ta-pen-AHD). Okay it may take a couple of minutes if you count the time for setting out some crackers Continue reading

Greek Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew w/ Spinach, Kalamatas & Feta

Greek Cauliflower, Chickpea Stew w Spinach, Kalamatas, Feta (c) jfhaugen“Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.” —Mark Twain

One-Pot Wonders
There’s something about one-pot meals that are so nurturing. Guess that’s why I often prepare soups and stews and stir-fries—everything altogether in one pot with all the flavors harmoniously blended. After cooking 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

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