Two of My Favorite Holiday Cookies

I don’t bake often but when the holidays come around, I love to turn on the holiday music, pull out my pizzelle iron, whip up some egg whites and roll out the cookie dough. Two of my favorite holiday cookies are Pizzelles and Chocolate Clouds. Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie. They are crispy, not…

Whole Grain Carrot Cake with a Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy second day of spring (yes spring, in spite of our 4th March snow storm). On a warmer, cheerier note, I’m sharing a delicious cake that is moist, sweet, creamy and good for you! Whole wheat flour, piles of beta carotene-rich carrots, chewy raisins, naturally sweet pineapple and light, fluffy cream cheese make this cake…

Valentine’s Day Ricotta Cheesecake with Strawberry Hearts

I was looking for a dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day and I came across this post from last year. The strawberries look like little overlapping hearts on top of a light, creamy cheesecake. Share this lovely, heart healthy dessert with your special Valentine.

Three Favorite Holiday Treats

We all want to enjoy special treats over the holiday season but we don’t want to deal with extra pounds come January. Here are three of my favorite holiday gems  that are light but oh so yummy! Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies Festive Holiday Cranberry Bread Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest  

Triple Corn Whole Grain Cornbread

I’ve tried so many cornbread recipes over the years and they are either very high in added fat and salt or dry and crumbly. This recipe is hands down the best cornbread I’ve ever made (and my family agrees). It’s moist, slightly sweet and has chewy bites of whole corn kernels. Better yet, it’s made…

Mini Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecakes for the 4th of July

My favorite part of a meal is dessert. As a dietitian, I probably shouldn’t admit this. The trick is learning how to enjoy a few small blissful bites rather than a large, full-size portion. Most of the time, I find that a small , mini treat is just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Get…

Cooking with a Cuban View

On a recent trip with my husband to Havana, to visit our son who is working and living there, I was surprised at the quality, variety and freshness of the food served at several privately owned restaurants. Menus included lobster tail, lamb moussaka, rabbit pate, a variety of fresh fish and vegetables, and creative cocktails…

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

I love fresh bread, especially when you can make it in less than an hour. Irish soda bread is simple, fast, easy to make and a delicious treat for St. Patrick’s Day. No yeast, kneading or rising necessary.      

Flourless Pancakes with Bananas, Almond Butter and Dates

Gluten and wheat free, these little cakes are a tasty alternative to regular, grain-based pancakes. The bananas and the dates provide natural sweetness and the eggs and the almond butter help to bind them together.  They are light and fluffy, but provide just enough calories and protein to get you through your busy morning.