Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

I am so lucky to have a bounty of garden-fresh herbs to cook with all summer long.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to another great tip from Cooks Illustrated, you can dry herbs in the microwave. Yes, the microwave! In about 2-3…

Rustic Tomato Toast (Pan Con Tomate)

When you have overly ripe tomatoes, almost too soft to slice, make Pan Con Tomate. This humble, rustic toast is a way to take tomatoes and bread and turn them into a meal.  You need only a few simple ingredients but the quality of these ingredients is what creates perfection. Be sure to use the…

3-Ingredient Peachy Iced Tea

My friend and neighbor recently reminded me of this deliciously refreshing peach tea that she introduced me to many years ago. It was a favorite of mine but through the years, it dropped off my recipe radar. So when she kindly shared some with me the other day, I knew I had to share it…

No-Knead No Yeast Whole Grain Beer Bread

If you happen to still have flour in your pantry and some beer in your fridge, here’s a no-knead, no yeast, simple bread and you can make in under an hour! Slice and toast this hearty, whole-grain bread to serve alongside your salads and soups or spread with some nut butter for breakfast or a…

Nana’s Chicken Pot Pie

If you google chicken pot pie, you’ll get recipes for an actual chicken pie, with a top and bottom crust. But the Pennsylvania Dutch version of chicken pot pie is more of a chicken stew with square pieces of dough added to the broth (a chicken pie in a pot). This recipe is from my…

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…

Shoo Fly Cake (it’s naturally vegan)

Rich and gooey, Shoo fly cake is a twist on the more traditional Shoo fly pie which is deeply entrenched in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Shoo fly cake is a dark, intensely moist cake with sweet crumbs and a rich molasses flavor. If you like gingerbread, you’ll love Shoo fly cake (this cake is my…

Rhubarb Sauce with Golden Raisins, Ginger and Cinnamon

Here’s round three in the rhubarb recipe series and it just might be my favorite. Rhubarb sauce is so easy to make. I make several batches during the rhubarb season because it freezes well allowing us to have the taste of fresh rhubarb in the middle of winter. Simply cut the stalks into chunks, add…

Sweet and Tart 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. My last post was a rhubarb shrub and today’s recipe is a delicious rhubarb cobbler. Rhubarb is very sour, you do have to add sugar when cooking with rhubarb but you can adjust…

Red Curry-glazed Salmon

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat more seafood. The American Heart Association suggests eating at least 8 ounces per week but the heart healthy Mediterranean eating plan recommends 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…

Around the World with Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices magically transform a dish. They add rich flavors, aroma and color. Best of all, they add health-protective antioxidants to your meals. Almost any meal can easily be enhanced with herbs and spices, and it’s time to start experimenting! Flavors From Around the World: Use these different herb and spice combinations to achieve flavors…

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast

Eating and preparing Mediterranean food on the Mediterranean is this dietitian’s dream. I got my Mediterranean culinary fix on a recent trip to the Amalfi coast with my husband. We both enrolled in a cooking class at the Villa Maria Cooking School high up on the mountain in the beautiful town of Ravello. Talk about…