Blueberry and Spice Bowl

A diet filled with a variety of antioxidant-rich foods can have many health benefits like lowered cholesterol, stabilized blood sugar, reduced inflammation, and a decreased risk of cancer. Plant foods like berries, green leafy vegetables, herbs and spices are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to regularly get these…

Recipe Roundup: Tomato Palooza 2020

Summer = Greg’s (my husband) garden-fresh tomatoes! In honor of my husband’s dedication to growing and nurturing these little and not so little gems, I’m rounding up our favorite tomato recipes that I’ve been making this summer. This year is our 2nd annual  “Tomato Palooza” and we’re not letting Covid-19 stop this festive outdoor family…

Rustic Tomato Toast (Pan Con Tomate)

When you have overly ripe tomatoes, almost too soft to slice, make Pan Con Tomate. This humble, rustic toast is a way to take tomatoes and bread and turn them into a meal.  You need only a few simple ingredients but the quality of these ingredients is what creates perfection. Be sure to use the…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since zucchini is abundant throughout the summer (we’re just getting some from our garden), it’s the perfect time to make zucchini bread or muffins. I’ve made my fair share of zucchini bread over the years but when trying to make them “healthier” they always seemed to get a little dry. I decided to make a…

S’more to Love

  By Alexa Nichols A toasted marshmallow on the campfire has always been a summertime favorite of mine. As a child, I loved to smash it between two graham crackers and a square of chocolate. As I have gotten older, I have found that the options are truly endless with what you can pair together…

Dakos (the salad of Crete)

I discovered this salad while visiting Crete several years ago and knew right away I would be making it at home. It’s so easy to assemble and requires no cooking, making it a perfect meal on a hot summer day. The base of the salad is a thick, crunchy bread called rusk. Traditional Dakos is…

Kohlrabi Fries

I experimented with kohlrabi over the winter, making kohlrabi fritters, and my husband loved it so much he wanted to grow it in his garden this year. Our kohlrabi is ready to harvest so this time around I’m making kohlrabi fries. The trick to kohlrabi is trimming it’s rough, irregularly shaped skin without losing too…

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,…

Light and Refreshing Summer Sips

Now that the weather is finally cooperating and we are enjoying our outdoor spaces, I thought I would continue the theme of light and refreshing summer drinks by rounding up some of my favorite cocktails.  My previous post of herbal peach iced tea is perfect for the entire family. These summer beverages are a bit…

3-Ingredient Peachy Iced Tea

My friend and neighbor recently reminded me of this deliciously refreshing peach tea that she introduced me to many years ago. It was a favorite of mine but through the years, it dropped off my recipe radar. So when she kindly shared some with me the other day, I knew I had to share it…

Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

A family favorite at many Memorial Day and 4th of July parties, this dessert is light, delicious, and extremely fast and easy to prepare. There really is no recipe. Use a store-bought angel food cake (tear into pieces), a large box (5.1 ounces) of cook and serve or instant vanilla pudding (prepared as directed with…

Roasted Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Trapanese)

While I was listening to a cooking podcast, a chef was asked how to use canned tomatoes and almonds that were sitting in the caller’s pantry. His answer, make Pesto Trapanese. I was unfamiliar with this Sicilian pesto made from tomatoes and almonds so I did a quick google search and found many different ways…