Apple Fennel Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese

If you’re searching for a delicious, easy, crowd-pleasing fall salad, I found one for you. This salad is a hit every time I make it and I plan to feature it at my next cooking demonstration. The fennel adds a light anise crunch which compliments the strong, bold flavor of the blue cheese which plays…

Better Black Bean Burgers

Veggie burgers are often hit or miss. I do like several frozen varieties but I wanted to find one I could make at home with little fuss. Several of the recipes I tried were either bland or dry but this black bean burger fromĀ America’s Test Kitchen is well seasoned, moist and worth the little bit…

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…

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…