Middle Eastern Meatballs in a Spiced Tomato Sauce

Meatballs are versatile, fast and easy. You can change up the protein, using ground chicken or turkey breast, lean ground beef, tofu, whole grains, nuts, seeds or beans. The mix of seasonings you choose creates a specific flavor profile; Mexican inspired with chili powder, cumin and cilantro; Italian using Parmesan cheese, garlic, oregano and basil…

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Dates, Onions and Tomatoes

While traveling in Greece a few summers ago, I enjoyed the simple convenience of souvlaki. A Greek version of fast food. Souvlaki is meat or chicken marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and herbs, skewered, grilled and served with pita bread and tzatziki (a yogurt and cucumber sauce). This December Redux Recipe (Recipe Redux is…

Holiday Cranberry Bread

Cranberry bread is an easy, healthy, holiday treat that can be served as an afternoon snack, a healthy dessert or a fast, “out the door” breakfast. Fruit breads are simple (made with ingredients you have on hand) and easy (mix and bake) making them a perfect baking choice during this busy holiday season. I especially…

Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest

Holidays would not be the same without pizzelles. I make them every year and have experimented with many different recipes, trying to create the perfect pizzelle. I’m very fortunate to have been given an old family recipe from my friend and fabulous cook, Lynda. It has become my favorite. There are a few things to…

A Chopped Birthday Party

My daughter turned 26 last week and she requested a Chopped birthday party. If you’re not familiar, Chopped is a cooking competition on the Food Network. She wanted to reproduce the show in a party format so we stocked the kitchen with food, organized utensils and invited lots of friends to cook, judge, cheer and…

Hearty and Healthy Vegetable Soup

I’ve been posting several soups and stews because I find myself cooking these warm, one-pot dishes this time of the year. They are are easy, nutrient-packed, and just what you want on a  cold winter day. Don’t be discouraged by the lengthy list of ingredients. When I make vegetable soup, I like to throw in…

Curry Coconut Soup with Tofu and Sweet Potatoes

There are several layers of flavors in this meatless stew making it a winner in vegetarian circles. The mild taste of tofu works well in this dish because of all of the flavor-forward ingredients.  The prep will require you to chop several vegetables but overall, this is a fairly quick, one pot dish that’s ready…