Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

Thanks to my gardener husband, I have a bounty of fresh herbs to enjoy all spring and summer.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to one of my favorite magazines, Cooks Illustrated, I picked up one of the best tips (it’s right up…

Sausage, Mushroom and Butternut Squash with Ribbon Noodles

This is a hearty but healthy dish for those cold winter nights. The richness of flavor allows for some lighter ingredient substitutions. You can use less sausage because the mushrooms are an excellent stand in for meat and the herbs add a pop of fresh flavor. Butternut squash is a nutrient powerhouse providing a good…

Eight Healthier Frozen Dinners When You’re Too Tired to Cook

In a perfect world, we would be cooking all of our meals from scratch but when busy schedules get in the way, there is no shame in grabbing a packaged meal from the freezer. Frozen, pre-portioned meals can save time, money and calories and they can even be healthy. Here’s a list of eight of…

Local Flavors of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a stunning, seaside coastal town with cuisine that has been influenced by Italy, Greece, and Turkey. My family and I traveled to Dubrovnik in early September and immediately fell in love the country.  Restaurant menus were filled with fresh seafood dishes like grilled octopus, stuffed squid, black seafood risotto, and fried sardines. Seasonal…

5 Herbs for Every Kitchen

Fresh herbs add that special something to a recipe. They elevate simple dishes. They add brightness and interest, infusing dishes with fresh summer flavors. Simple dishes like peas and onions with freshly snipped dill or roasted potatoes with earthy rosemary become dinner party worthy. Herbs are easy to grow. If you have a small, sunny…

The Basics of Cooking Beans

I’m pushing beans again because I’m trying really hard to get you to eat them several times a week.  If you’ve never cooked them from dried beans, it’s definitely worth the little bit of extra effort because the texture is far superior to canned beans.  You can purchase dried beans at any supermarket but for…

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

With March around the corner, here’s a healthier version of Irish Soda Bread for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  This quick bread from Cook’s Illustrated is a crusty, hearty bread, with a nutty flavor. No kneading, no waiting for it to rise. Just combine a few simple ingredients, mix and bake. In about 45 minutes…

Fish Gyros with pickled radish and cucumber salad

Continuing with my goal of eating more seafood, I decided to swap fish for the meat used in traditional gyros. You can use any firm white fish, tilapia, cod, or haddock and you can broil, grill or saute the fish. I chose Icelandic cod because it was on sale at my fish market and I…

Handmade Pasta (no machine necessary)

I’ve never had much of an interest in making pasta. You can find good pasta in most supermarkets and I definitely don’t need a pasta machine taking up valuable kitchen real estate. However, my daughter gave me a cookbook, Pasta by Hand by Jenn Louis, that allows you to make fresh pasta with nothing but your…

A new kitchen gadget that’s worth the counter space!

My family drinks a lot of sparkling water and I was getting tired of schlepping the bottles home from the store. They’re heavy, they take up precious room in my refrigerator, and they overflow my recycling bin. After much thought about adding another piece of equipment to my kitchen counter and after hearing rave reviews…