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…

Warm and Creamy Dark Chocolate Almond Dip with Fresh Fruit

When my kids were little, this was our favorite after school fruit dip and even though my kids are in their early 30’s, we are still making it! I’ve tweaked it along the way. Our original version was made with peanut butter and chocolate syrup but the more grown up version uses almond butter and…

Chocolate Peanut Butter “Light” Cream

True confessions. I love sweets, especially ice cream! Instead of my usual after dinner bowl of ice cream, I decided to make a batch of “light” cream using frozen bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder. It’s delicious! And it definitely satisfied my sweet tooth even though there’s no added sugar! Ripe, frozen bananas provide the…

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…

15-Minute Shrimp Tacos

This recipe cuts a few corners without sacrificing flavor and nutrition. By using a taco seasoning packet instead of making your own blend of seasonings and a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw mix, you can pull these tacos together in 15 minutes. Frozen shrimp should always be in your freezer because you can defrost them quickly…

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,…

Creamy Chocolate Chia Pudding

There are many chia seed pudding recipes on social media and I’ve tried several but what I love about this one, is that it tastes really good! It’s thick, creamy and chocolatey, and the chia seeds give it a texture similar to tapioca pudding (but in a good way). So here you have a delicious…

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,…