Chicken Marbella

The briny-sweet combination of prunes, capers and olives is what makes this dish so special. I was introduced to the original recipe from Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukin’s The Silver Palate cookbook back in the early 80’s and it has been my “go to” recipe when I need an easy, yet impressive, meal for family…

Happy New Year with Pork and Sauerkraut

For many families, pork and sauerkraut is a traditional New Year’s day meal. I can’t remember a New Year’s day without it. I make this dish once a year using a lean pork loin instead of a pork roast and add onions and apples to cut the saltiness of the kraut.

Pistachio-Berry Bars

Holiday cookies are such a treat and when they’re easy to make and also good for you, how can it get better? Dorie Greenspan is famous for her cookies and I fell in love with this one. Made with only 5 ingredients and it combines the flavors of ground pistachios and fresh raspberries, what’s not…

Pan-Seared Tofu with a Sweet and Sour Sticky Glaze

Firm tofu gets coated in cornstarch then pan-seared until browned on both sides. The sweet and sour sauce gets added to the seared tofu and as it sizzles in the hot pan, it creates a thick, glossy glaze that adheres to the tofu. This is a fast and easy way to make intensely flavored tofu…

4-Ingredient Apple Cake

Only 4 ingredients are needed to make this cake! Eggs, whole wheat flour, apples and brown sugar. The moistness of the apples allows you to skip added fat or oil and whipping the eggs and brown sugar incorporates air into the batter so you don’t need a leavening agent like baking powder. You can add…

Simply Delicious Fish and Fennel Stew

Satisfying meals don’t have to include countless ingredients. A couple of pantry staples and a few fresh finds can make for a delicious dish. I presented a cooking workshop featuring five-ingredient meals where the participants learned how to cook fast and healthy recipes consisting of five ingredients or less. Here’s a sample of one of…

Harissa Scrambled Tofu with a Refreshing Cucumber Salad

I was thrilled to discover Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Ottolenghi Simple. The recipes in this book are designed to keep the ingredient lists short and cooking techniques simple. This recipe is a vegetarian twist on scrambled eggs. As he mentions in the recipe, double or triple the harissa onions because they keep in the fridge for…

Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Egg Salad

If you’re getting bored with typical salads, try this flavorful combination of roasted cauliflower, hard boiled eggs in a curried yogurt dressing. It’s another winner from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Ottolenghi Simple.

No-Knead Whole Grain Beer Batter Bread

If you have flour in your pantry and beer in your fridge, you can make this bread! This recipe is a no-knead, no yeast, whole grain bread you can make in under an hour! Start your day with a toasted slice, serve it alongside your salads and soups, or spread a slice with some nut…

Creamy Yogurt Cheese

Yogurt cheese, or strained yogurt, is a method of removing the liquid or whey from the yogurt to create a thick, creamy, slightly tangy “cheese” that is similar in texture to cream cheese. Labneh is a strained yogurt used in many Middle Eastern cuisines and is served as a savory dip, drizzled with olive oil…

Baked Feta and Tomatoes (TikTok pasta) over Bucatini

Most of us have heard of, watched, and maybe even made this TikTok recipe. I wanted to lighten it up. The original version uses way too much feta cheese. A serving of the TikTok pasta is packing your arteries with a 1/2 block of feta cheese which is 4 ounces! That’s enough cheese for 4…

Zucchini Ribbon Pizza with Walnuts and Parmesan

One of my favorite series of cookbooks is from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. What I love about her books is that she makes cooking healthier so easy! Her recipes are more of an assembly of ingredients. You can mix and match ingredients and her measurements are more of a suggestion rather than a rule….