Labneh (yogurt cheese)

I learned about strained yogurt many years ago at one of my earliest cooking classes. We did not call it Greek yogurt or Labneh, but rather yogurt cheese or yogurt cream cheese. Labneh is a Middle Eastern strained yogurt. It is similar to Greek yogurt (which is also strained yogurt) but because labneh is strained…

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…

Straight-up Rhubarb Pie

For all of us rhubarb lovers, we don’t want any distractions in our pie and that means no strawberries. We want the tartness and the unique flavor of rhubarb to shine. I usually cook with lighter ingredients but this pie is made with a straight-up, full butter crust recipe. I have not modified it to…

Rhubarb Chia Jam

Chia seeds are a fast and healthy way to make a quick fruit jam. They add fiber and a natural thickness so the fruit becomes a spreadable jam for toast, pancakes, waffles or a topping for yogurt or oatmeal. I’m using rhubarb because it’s delicious and in season but you can substitute your favorite berries…

Garden-fresh Rhubarb Cobbler

Our garden is full of beautiful rhubarb and since it only grows this time of year, I’m busy making my favorite recipes! Rhubarb sauces, rhubarb cocktails, rhubarb muffins and here, an easy rhubarb cobbler. Rhubarb is very tart, so it does require added sugar but the amount will depend on your tartness tolerance. I like…

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Crispy Parmesan

I know! I know! Cabbage, really? Well, my prediction is that cabbage will be the new kale and lookout Brussels sprouts because this sweet and creamy roasted veggie is taking its well-deserved seat at the cruciferous table. Like kale and sprouts, it’s in the nutrient powerhouse family of cancer-fighting cruciferous veggies and we should all…

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.

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…

Red Curry Glazed Salmon

The American Heart Association suggests eating at least 8 ounces of fish per week and the heart healthy Mediterranean eating plan recommends up to 15 ounces per week. Seafood is an excellent source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and if you’re eating fish, you’re not eating steak. This is one of my favorite…

Summer Corn and Zucchini Chowder

I was right out of college and wanted to learn how to cook so I signed up for a class with a focus on healthier cooking. It was taught by Robin Rifkin, an inspirational woman who continues to work in the food and nutrition community in Philadelphia. This was one of the first recipes I…

4th of July Celebration Salad

Juicy watermelon, sweet blueberries, fresh mint and salty feta cheese create a symphony of summer flavors in every bite. Best of all, it takes 10 minutes to assemble.

A Must Make Raisin Bran Muffin

These muffins have been a classic for me ever since Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist for the New York Times, published one of her best selling cookbooks, Jane Brody’s Good Food Cookbook. I was fresh out of college, working as a clinical dietitian and just learning how to cook. This cookbook was one of the…