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…

The Best Authentic Greek Salad inspired by olivetomato.com

I’m sharing this recipe with you from one of my favorite sites, olivetomato.com.  A Greek salad is made from garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, oregano, and the best olive oil and feta cheese you can find. Authentic Greek salad is not served over lettuce, however, when I traveled to Crete, they did serve their salads with a…

Freshly Picked Mint and Lime Mojito

Mojitos are the national drink of Cuba. With my son working and living in Cuba, and my recent visit to Havana, it’s only fitting for me to resurrect this post. And, it’s perfect for this month’s Recipe Redux theme which is all about lighter cocktails and mocktails for spring and summer celebrations. Mojitos are my favorite summer cocktail, especially…

Mid-March Garden Lettuce Surrounded by Snow

Thank you to my husband, who is a fabulous gardener, I’m enjoying a mid-March, fresh from the garden, lettuce salad! He starts the lettuce at the end of February, in raised beds, under plastic covers. He uses a special wax-infused hinge that opens the covers when the temperature gets too hot inside the beds. This…

Simply Roasted Butternut Squash

What keeps most of us from cooking a butternut squash is the thought of peeling it. Its odd shape, a sharp knife and slippery hands = a trip to the ER. But peeling one is easier than you think. All you need is vegetable peeler, making this task much safer and faster. When I cook…

No Cream Creamy Zucchini Soup with Fresh Tarragon

If you still have zucchini from your garden or farmers market, try this delicious zucchini soup from Ellie Krieger. The creaminess is not from cream but from a secret ingredient, cannellini beans. The beans not only make this soup dairy-free, but they give it a boost of fiber and protein. I love the slight licorice…

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Buttermilk Soup

I seem to only use buttermilk in pancake batter or muffins. That’s unfortunate because buttermilk, like yogurt and kefir, is a cultured dairy product rich in calcium, protein and healthy probiotics. Since most of us are not going to start drinking buttermilk, I wanted to find another way to incorporate it into more recipes. Here,…

Mini Pizza with a Zucchini Crust

If you’re a home gardener, here’s one more thing you can do with that pile of zucchini in the fridge. Thick slices of zucchini make a perfect low carb “crust” for your favorite pizza toppings. I used a large zucchini, slicing it into thick slices (about ½ inch). I brushed each slice with olive oil…

Deliciously Simple Fresh Tomato Soup

My husband’s garden continues to produce a bountiful supply of tomatoes (check out his post at Main Line Haven) so my daughter suggested tomato soup. Tomato soup is surprisingly easy to make. You just need tomatoes and a few simple ingredients. It’s fast and delicious. Total prep time: 10 minutes.  Total cooking time: about 30…

Colorful Crostini Bites

My kitchen is overflowing with tomatoes and this is not an exaggeration. I have them on trays, in baskets, on plates, in bowls, in every corner of my kitchen. My inspiration for this dish is from the rich, vibrant colors of the tomatoes accenting my kitchen. I don’t really have a recipe (these are very…

Roasted Beet Root Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

Gorgeous! I love the vibrant color of red beets but my kitchen looks like a crime scene after cooking, peeling and chopping them. One trick I learned to keep from staining my hands is to rub my hands with vegetable oil before working with beets. My favorite way to cook beets is to roast them….

The Caprese Salad (culinary simplicity at its finest)

It’s that time of year. When tomatoes are at their peak, mouth-watering juiciness, it’s time to make the Caprese salad. So simple yet flavors so perfectly matched. I would never even consider making this salad without vine-ripe garden tomatoes and sweet summer basil. Get yourself some fresh mozzarella and a high quality extra virgin olive…