I Can’t Believe There’s No Cheese” Cheese Sauce

A cheese sauce you can use to make creamy mac and cheese but there’s no cheese! Amazingly, without incorporating any cheese into this sauce, you can create the same savory flavor of regular cheese. The ‘cheese’ flavor comes from a perfect blend of ingredients that includes cooked potatoes, onion, carrot, pre-soaked cashews (the only step…

One-Pot Pasta with Zucchini and Herbs

Yes, you can cook this recipe in one pot, no extra skillet, bowl or colander to clean. One-pot recipes simplify cooking, making it easier to put a meal together when time is really tight. I have to admit, I’m usually a little skeptical of one-pot recipes because I’m never sure if they’ll work. This one…

Grilled Zucchini and Halloumi on Toasted Sourdough

Halloumi, where have you been all of my life? After seeing this Cypriot cheese featured on several blogs recently, I finally decided to give it a try. Halloumi is a firm, salty cheese traditionally made from sheep and goats milk. When eaten cold, it’s rather plain with a rubbery texture but when grilled, this is…

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…

A Cretan Salad, Dakos

I discovered this simple, yet so delicious, salad while visiting Crete several years ago and I knew right away I would be making it when I got home. It’s easy to assemble and is a wonderful salad to make in the summer when tomatoes are bursting with flavor. The base of the salad is a…

Kale Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Feta and Pistachios

Our garden is overflowing with kale this year (a nice problem to have) so this has become my “go to” salad. It’s fast and easy with only 4 ingredients that compliment each others flavors and textures, soft and salty feta, sweet and juicy strawberries, slightly bitter kale, and crunchy pistachios. I love kale because it’s…

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Buttermilk and Herbs (so refreshing!)

Please don’t skip this recipe because you are unsure of the ingredients. It’s truly a delightful treat on a hot summer day. The buttermilk serves as a tangy, creamy base for an interesting cast of ingredients. Cucumbers, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs create a balance of flavors that work beautifully together. This soup gets better…

It’s Pesto Time!

If I had to pick a scent that screams summer, it would be the aroma of fresh basil. I use this fragrant summer herb, straight from the garden, as an unexpected pop of flavor in sandwiches and salads, sprinkled on pizza and eggs and of course as the star ingredient in pesto. Needless to say,…

Crispy Parmesan Snap Peas

Another easy to assemble recipe from The Forest Feast Gatherings cookbook. If fact, this is so easy it’s not really a recipe as much as it is combining 4 ingredients and baking them. This can be served as an appetizer or a vegetable side. You could swap other veggies for the snap peas. I think…

Caramelized Shallot Pasta

.I give full credit for this recipe to Alison Roman, former NY Times food columnist and now writer of her own newsletter and cooking series. This recipe spiked in popularity during the pandemic. The use of simple pantry ingredients combined with quick and easy cooking techniques makes it a winner in my book. The intense…

Whipped Feta Dip

Whipping feta cheese in the food processor with plain yogurt transforms it into a light and creamy base for this silky dip. The savory, saltiness of the feta is balanced with a sweet drizzle of honey and the roasted red peppers give this white canvas a pop of color. This is a deliciously light dip,…

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.