Kohlrabi Fries

I experimented with kohlrabi over the winter, making kohlrabi fritters, and my husband loved it so much he wanted to grow it in his garden this year. Our kohlrabi is ready to harvest so this time around I’m making kohlrabi fries. The trick to kohlrabi is trimming it’s rough, irregularly shaped skin without losing too…

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 pesto. Needless to say,…

Light and Refreshing Summer Sips

Now that the weather is finally cooperating and we are enjoying our outdoor spaces, I thought I would continue the theme of light and refreshing summer drinks by rounding up some of my favorite cocktails.  My previous post of herbal peach iced tea is perfect for the entire family. These summer beverages are a bit…

3-Ingredient Peachy Iced Tea

My friend and neighbor recently reminded me of this deliciously refreshing peach tea that she introduced me to many years ago. It was a favorite of mine but through the years, it dropped off my recipe radar. So when she kindly shared some with me the other day, I knew I had to share it…

Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

A family favorite at many Memorial Day and 4th of July parties, this dessert is light, delicious, and extremely fast and easy to prepare. There really is no recipe. Use a store-bought angel food cake (tear into pieces), a large box (5.1 ounces) of cook and serve or instant vanilla pudding (prepared as directed with…

Roasted Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Trapanese)

While I was listening to a cooking podcast, a chef was asked how to use canned tomatoes and almonds that were sitting in the caller’s pantry. His answer, make Pesto Trapanese. I was unfamiliar with this Sicilian pesto made from tomatoes and almonds so I did a quick google search and found many different ways…

Whole Grain Black Bean Burgers

I hesitated to post this recipe because of the longish list of ingredients but it’s mostly things you probably have in your fridge and pantry. These bean burgers get their texture from a mixture of whole grains. I suggest using a blend of grains like barley, Kamut, farro and some wild rice because these grains…

No-Knead No Yeast Whole Grain Beer Bread

If you happen to still have flour in your pantry and some beer in your fridge, here’s a no-knead, no yeast, simple bread and you can make in under an hour! Slice and toast this hearty, whole-grain bread to serve alongside your salads and soups or spread with some nut butter for breakfast or a…

Carrot Cake for Breakfast (Yum)!

This vegan carrot “cake” can certainly stand in as a no added sugar dessert but I prefer to have it for breakfast. It’s filled with nutritious ingredients like whole-grain oat flour, raisins, dates and a healthy dose of beta-carotene rich carrots. The “frosting” is simply a blend of dates, cashews and a splash of vanilla….

One Pot Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas

When you can cook a meal in one pot, count me in! I found this recipe from Bon Appetit (BA) and loved the use of pantry staples. Chickpeas stand in as plant-based protein, canned tomatoes add sauciness and of course, pasta is the ultimate comfort food. The original recipe from Bon Appetit does not have a…

Cooking From Your Pantry

Things are very uncertain right now. We are practicing social distancing, and restaurants in the area are closed for dine-in service. Whether or not we want to, we are cooking and eating at home. Some of us find solace in cooking, the act of feeding our families, that tiny bit of control we have in…

Pantry Practical Chickpea Salads

As we all find ourselves eating at home, coming up with creative ways to use our freshly stocked canned goods becomes a new challenge. Here are two ways to whip together an easy bean salad using chickpeas or any canned bean on your shelf. Canned beans are a hearty source of plant-based protein, rich in…