Creamy Yogurt Cheese

Yogurt cheese, or strained yogurt, is a method of removing the liquid or whey from the yogurt to create a thick, creamy, slightly tangy “cheese” that is similar in texture to cream cheese. Labneh is a strained yogurt used in many Middle Eastern cuisines and is served as a savory dip, drizzled with olive oil…

Pan Con Tomate (Bread with Tomato)

Pan Con Tomate, or bread with tomato, originated in northern Spain as a quick snack or tapas. It is incredibly delicious and I’ve officially voted this my favorite summer dish! I can’t think of a better way to showcase my husband’s brilliant summer gems. Pan con Tomate requires only four ingredients but each one should…

The Best Shrimp Cocktail

You might be thinking, do I really need a recipe for shrimp cocktail? Can’t I just buy it already prepared? If you love shrimp and you really love shrimp cocktail, then yes, you need this recipe! It is so simple to make and tastes a thousand times better than any store prepared version. You start…

Dakos: The Mediterranean Salad of Crete

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

Parmesan Crusted Smashed Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Potatoes are so versatile and can be served with any meal. They can be baked, mashed, roasted, and made into a salad. These smashed and roasted potatoes topped with Parmesan and fresh herbs are my favorite way to eat them.

Green Goddess Dressing

This is not the trending TikTok version that calls for over 16 ingredients but rather a deliciously easy, 6-ingredient dressing that comes together with a whirl of your blender. You’ll want to keep it on hand for your favorite salads, a dip for crunch veggies or as a marinade chicken or fish. This dressing uses…

Chimichurri

One of the best ways to elevate your meals is to have a few easy sauces in your fridge. Green sauces can be found in so many cuisines around the world. Basil-based pesto in Italy, salsa verde in Mexico, and Chimichurri from Uruguay and Argentina. Chimichurri has a tangy, salty, spicy flavor from fresh parsley,…

Superbowl Cauliflower Wings

Who wouldn’t want to save 500 calories on their game-day snack? These Buffalo cauliflower wings are a delicious swap for the traditional calorie bomb we all know and love. Cauliflower wings give you the same Buffalo wing flavor profile but with  80% fewer calories. And did I mention they are super easy to make? You…

Mastering Mezze

Mezze refers to a mixture of small dishes, served as either an appetizer or a light meal. This style of eating is very popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean countries. Mezze staples include dips, vegetables, salads, and bread. I will often assemble ingredients that I already have in the fridge and the pantry so…

Fruity Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. It has 6 teaspoons of sugar in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added sugar for most of us, not…

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…

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,…