Pita Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Toasted Walnuts

I thought is would be fun to enter a few recipe contests and for this one, I received free samples of Toufayan Pita bread mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated…

Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Tonnato Sauce

This recipe takes advantage of the convenience of store-bought rotisserie chicken but elevates it to a dinner party worthy dish. The star of this salad is the dressing (tonnato sauce) with its rich, vibrant flavors from tuna fish, anchovies, capers, fresh lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. You can also serve this sauce over pasta, grilled…

Cooking with Ancient Grains

What’s old is new again. Ancient grains, a group of grains with a long history of cultivation that have remained unchanged over the last several hundred years (even thousands), are trending on the food scene. First with quinoa and now farro. But quinoa and farro are just two examples of these chewy, nutty, nutrient-packed whole grains. There’s…

Happy New Year with Pork and Sauerkraut

For many families, pork and sauerkraut is a traditional New Year’s day meal. I can’t remember a New Year’s day without it. I make this dish once a year and although there is little you can do to decrease the sodium content, I use a lean pork loin instead of a fattier pork roast and…

A Chopped Birthday Party

My daughter turned 26 last week and she requested a Chopped birthday party. If you’re not familiar, Chopped is a cooking competition on the Food Network. She wanted to reproduce the show in a party format so we stocked the kitchen with food, organized utensils and invited lots of friends to cook, judge, cheer and…

After Thanksgiving Turkey Stew with Fresh Sage and Thyme

When the weather gets colder, I’m ready for warm, rustic, flavorful stews. This is a perfect recipe to make after Thanksgiving, allowing you to use up any leftover turkey or with chicken if you want to make it any other time of the year.  Hearty herbs, like sage and thyme, are excellent in winter soups…

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…

Pop Pop’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

There are some recipes you never change. Recipes that are shared from generation to generation, bringing with them memories of family meals filled with stories and laughter. These are the recipes that elevate our health more than a kale salad or tofu burger. My dad (Pop Pop) has been making this recipe for as long…

Rhubarb Oat Shortcakes

Delicious. One word to sum up this delightful summer dessert from Melissa Clark, food columnist for the New York Times. Fresh rhubarb is ready to harvest in late spring (my husband picked some beautiful rhubarb from our garden, featured below) and you’ll find it at produce markets throughout most of the summer. The colors in rhubarb are lovely…

Amaranth “Oatmeal” with Raisins, Toasted Walnuts and Maple Syrup

Move over quinoa, make way for a new kid on the whole grain block. With slightly more protein and twice as much iron as quinoa, amaranth is beginning to get some attention. Amaranth is a gluten-free, whole grain (technically a seed) about half the size of quinoa.  It has a nutty, earthy taste that works…

Garden Lasagna (without the noodles)

Who needs lasagna noodles to make vegetable lasagna. Here’s a gluten-free option, using only vegetables, cheese and tomato sauce for each layer. Grill or roast sliced eggplant, zucchini and red peppers. Saute chopped kale in olive oil. Layer the vegetables with tomato sauce (homemade or your favorite jarred sauce), and a cheese mixture of part-skim…

Easy Egg Salad

If you’ve made hard-boiled eggs over the weekend, why not use a few to whip together a delicious egg salad.  I love egg salad but it often has a heavy mayonnaise base.   To lighten it up, I use half mayo and half plain, fat-free Greek yogurt. Chop 4 hard-boiled eggs.  Add 1 tablespoon of…