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…

5 Minute Blistered Shishito Peppers

These little sweet peppers are dynamite when they’re flash sauteed! The skins are tender with seeds almost non-existent so you can pop the whole thing in your mouth. If you have a garden, grow them. Just a few plants produce a peck of peppers (I’m not really sure what a peck is but the point…

Homemade Sushi Party

Here’s a fun idea for a hands-on dinner party. Homemade sushi rolls. Sushi rolls are actually easy to make, once you get the hang of it. The most challenging part is finding the ingredients and the supplies needed to make the rolls. My town just happens to have a Japanese market so that was easy…

The Basics of Cooking with Beans

My new cooking goal is to master the craft of cooking dried beans. This should be simple but my past experience resulted in soft, mushy or mealy beans but then I stumbled upon the website,¬†Rancho Gordo. It inspired me to start cooking dried beans and to stop opening a can. Rancho Gordo beans are beautiful,…

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting vegetables results in the caramelization of the natural sugars in vegetables which intensifies the flavor and sweetness. Roasting is a fast and easy way to make lots of vegetables at one time. Place a variety of vegetables on several sheet pans and roast them all at the same time on different racks in your…

Baked Tofu with any sauce you have in the fridge

Firm or extra firm tofu is an absorbent blank canvas of protein, ready to soak up any flavor you introduce. One of the simplest ways to use tofu is to cover it with your favorite sauce or dressing then bake it in a hot oven. To help the tofu take on a firmer texture, press…

Creamy Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Here’s a late addition to the pumpkin palooza post. Pumpkin pie. I lightened the recipe by using evaporated fat-free milk instead of cream and made a fast and easy graham cracker crust using liquid vegetable oil instead of the traditional, full fat pie crust. This recipe makes two, 9 inch pies, one for dessert, and…

Grilled Pizza Perfected

Want a fun, festive menu for a party with friends? Set-up a “make your own” pizza bar. My husband and I have been trying to perfect grilled pizza for about a year. He is the proud owner of a Big Green Egg, which is a ceramic smoker/grill, so this has become our pizza oven. You…

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…