Flourless Walnut Cake with Orange Zest

A very traditional Mediterranean flavor combination with walnuts and orange. This naturally gluten-free, flourless cake is just walnuts, sugar, eggs, and orange zest. It’s very chewy on the inside with a crisp top that gets dusted with powdered sugar. It’s a thin cake that is more like a chewy walnut brownie than a cake and…

Fruity Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. It has 6 teaspoons of sugar in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added sugar for most of us, not…

Beans and Greens on Toast

This British inspired dish makes for a very easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a meal that is well balanced, extremely satisfying, simple to prepare, and delicious to eat!

Marcella Hazan’s White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Silky beans in a rich olive oil broth ladled over a piece of toasted whole grain bread, yes please! Marcella Hazan was known for embracing simplicity and balance. These were the hallmarks of her cooking. You might be tempted to add other ingredients, but don’t! Consider this famous quote of hers, “What you leave out…

Tuscan Shrimp and Beans

Cook’s Illustrated featured this recipe back in March/April 2017. Whenever I see “Tuscan” in the title of a recipe, I’m sold. You will find a bounty of beans in many Tuscan dishes (which is why I like them) and adding shrimp to the beans seemed like a winning combination. This deeply flavored dish is a…

Poached Cod in Tomato Broth with Crispy Shallots

How to cook fish correctly seems to be a question for many people. The fear of overcooking or undercooking stops many from attempting to make fish at home. This recipe, adapted from Alison Roman, takes all the guesswork out of cooking fish. Since the fish simmers slowly in a tomato broth, it’s less likely to…

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…

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…

Zesty Sardine Toast with Capers and Herbs

Just mentioning sardines will get a cringed-face reaction. I’m here to hopefully change that response. These little fish come with a long list of reasons why you should be eating them. They are shelf-stable, inexpensive, sustainable, packed with protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of calcium and they can help you get…

Shrimp Orzo Salad with Fresh Dill and Lemon

I love anything with fresh dill and lemon and these two favorites are paired with whole wheat orzo and shrimp for a light, fresh summer salad. It’s a meal in one bowl. How easy is that!

Sweet and Savory Stuffed Dates with Parmesan and Feta Cheese

If you’re not eating or cooking with dates, please start. Dates are a delicious treat as is but they are also a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Add them to oatmeal, cookies, cakes, and breads. Grill them with chicken, blend them in smoothies, or roast them with vegetables. Here we are making…

Greek Juicy Walnut Cake (Karithopita)

Baking with extra virgin olive oil is an excellent way to cut down on saturated fat in a recipe because you can use it to replace butter! In this recipe, the olive oil adds a rich, moist texture without an olive oil flavor and the addition of ground walnuts contributes more heart-healthy fats and a…