Poached Cod in Tomato Broth with Crispy Shallots

How to cook fish correctly seems to be a question for many people. The fear of overcooking or undercooking stops many from attempting to make fish at home. This recipe, adapted from Alison Roman, takes all the guesswork out of cooking fish. Since the fish simmers slowly in a tomato broth, it’s less likely to…

I Can’t Believe There’s No Cheese” Cheese Sauce

A cheese sauce you can use to make creamy mac and cheese but there’s no cheese! Amazingly, without incorporating any cheese into this sauce, you can create the same savory flavor of regular cheese. The ‘cheese’ flavor comes from a perfect blend of ingredients that includes cooked potatoes, onion, carrot, pre-soaked cashews (the only step…

Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

If you are looking for a Mediterranean-inspired dessert, here you go! I was pleasantly surprised how well the flavors of rosemary and lemon compliment each other in a dessert. This cake is light and not too sweet so it’s a wonderful choice for an afternoon treat or a light, after dinner dessert. The heart-healthy olive…

One-Pot Pasta with Zucchini and Herbs

Yes, you can cook this recipe in one pot, no extra skillet, bowl or colander to clean. One-pot recipes simplify cooking, making it easier to put a meal together when time is really tight. I have to admit, I’m usually a little skeptical of one-pot recipes because I’m never sure if they’ll work. This one…

Grilled Zucchini and Halloumi on Toasted Sourdough

Halloumi, where have you been all of my life? After seeing this Cypriot cheese featured on several blogs recently, I finally decided to give it a try. Halloumi is a firm, salty cheese traditionally made from sheep and goats milk. When eaten cold, it’s rather plain with a rubbery texture but when grilled, this is…

Summer Corn and Zucchini Chowder

I was right out of college and wanted to learn how to cook so I signed up for a class with a focus on healthier cooking. It was taught by Robin Rifkin, an inspirational woman who continues to work in the food and nutrition community in Philadelphia. This was one of the first recipes I…

Warm and Creamy Dark Chocolate Almond Dip with Fresh Fruit

When my kids were little, this was our favorite after school fruit dip and even though my kids are in their early 30’s, we are still making it! I’ve tweaked it along the way. Our original version was made with peanut butter and chocolate syrup but the more grown up version uses almond butter and…

Chocolate Peanut Butter “Light” Cream

True confessions. I love sweets, especially ice cream! Instead of my usual after dinner bowl of ice cream, I decided to make a batch of “light” cream using frozen bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder. It’s delicious! And it definitely satisfied my sweet tooth even though there’s no added sugar! Ripe, frozen bananas provide the…

A Cretan Salad, Dakos

I discovered this simple, yet so delicious, salad while visiting Crete several years ago and I knew right away I would be making it when I got home. It’s easy to assemble and is a wonderful salad to make in the summer when tomatoes are bursting with flavor. The base of the salad is a…

15-Minute Shrimp Tacos

This recipe cuts a few corners without sacrificing flavor and nutrition. By using a taco seasoning packet instead of making your own blend of seasonings and a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw mix, you can pull these tacos together in 15 minutes. Frozen shrimp should always be in your freezer because you can defrost them quickly…

Kale Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Feta and Pistachios

Our garden is overflowing with kale this year (a nice problem to have) so this has become my “go to” salad. It’s fast and easy with only 4 ingredients that compliment each others flavors and textures, soft and salty feta, sweet and juicy strawberries, slightly bitter kale, and crunchy pistachios. I love kale because it’s…

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Buttermilk and Herbs (so refreshing!)

Please don’t skip this recipe because you are unsure of the ingredients. It’s truly a delightful treat on a hot summer day. The buttermilk serves as a tangy, creamy base for an interesting cast of ingredients. Cucumbers, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs create a balance of flavors that work beautifully together. This soup gets better…