4 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate Fall

Autumn equals pumpkin and in my family that means pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin bread pudding. If I can add pumpkin to a recipe, it’s on the menu. When my kids were little (and big), it was not unheard of for pumpkin pie to show up on the breakfast table (of course…

Fast and So Simple Golden Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Here’s a fool-proof, express way to make creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes. These steam in the bag potatoes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Cook the potatoes in the microwave as directed (about 6 minutes). Cut them in half and pan saute them with a drizzle of olive oil. Toss with chopped…

Butternut Pear Soup from forest feast

There are many versions of butternut squash soup recipes circulating this time of the year but this is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast (a special shout out to Catherine and Josh for introducing me to this cookbook). It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a…

Cretan Salad: Dakos

This Cretan salad is a favorite of mine. I enjoyed it while visiting Crete a few years ago but had difficulty recreating it because I could not find the thick, crunchy bread, called rusk, which is used for the base of the salad. After a tip from a client of mine, I found a Greek…

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast

Eating and preparing Mediterranean food on the Mediterranean is this dietitian’s dream. I got my Mediterranean culinary fix on a recent trip to the Amalfi coast with my husband. We both enrolled in a cooking class at the Villa Maria Cooking School high up on the mountain in the beautiful town of Ravello. Talk about…

Roasted Tofu and Green Beans with Honey-Sesame Dressing

Cooking everything on one sheet pan is my favorite way to get dinner on the table fast with minimal clean-up. You can roast almost any type of vegetable or protein on a sheet pan, tossing them with a homemade or store bought sauce or just olive oil, salt and pepper. For a delicious vegetarian meal,…

Turkey, Apple Sausage Patties with Fennel and Sage

Are your eggs at breakfast feeling a little lonely? Bacon and sausage are not the healthiest partners for our eggs but I found a delicious way to get sausage back on your plate. These apple turkey sausage patties have that quintessential sausage taste from fresh sage and fennel seeds without the unwanted nitrates, nitrites, extra…

Elevated Marinara

I’ve made many tomato-based sauces over the years but this is hands down the best marinara I’ve ever made. This recipe, which I adapted from Cookinglight.com, makes a rich, intense killer sauce. The difference is that it’s baked in the oven rather than simmered over the stove. Full disclosure, I did use my husband’s award…

Habanero Hot Sauce

Habanero peppers are HOT. One tiny bite sets your mouth on fire so it’s a challenge to use them in a recipe. My husband’s pepper plant produced a peck of these fiery orange bundles (don’t let their cute, lantern-like looks fool you). With all this heat, hot sauce seemed like the best option. This sauce…

90 Second Dinner for Breakfast Bowl

Dinner for breakfast. I like the concept suggested by this month’s Recipe Redux team. Many of us get in the rut of choosing traditional breakfast foods (cereal, muffins, pancakes, bagels and waffles) that start our day with a large dose of refined carbohydrate and added sugar. A savory breakfast is a low sugar, high protein,…

It’s Pesto Time!

If I had to pick a scent that screams summer, it would be the aroma of fresh basil. I use this fragrant summer herb, straight from the garden, as an unexpected pop of flavor in sandwiches and salads, sprinkled on pizza and eggs and of course as the star ingredient in fresh tomato sauce. Needless…