I have noticed that every summer I seem to have a go-to salad, one I can quickly whip up for a impromptu BBQ at a neighbors, or a dish to pass for a picnic, maybe just for a quick fix dinner here. Last year it was this Summer Squash with Feta and Herb Salad, the year before I defaulted to a super easy Watermelon Salad.
In the repertoire this year: Chopped Greek Salad with Quinoa and Lentils. A perfect side salad for any grilled meats or fish. Also a winner of a main course on it’s own if you or some of your guests are vegetarians.
I like that there are no crazy ingredients in play here. A can of lentils and box of quinoa from the pantry, olives and feta that are usually hanging out in my fridge with a cucumber and a pepper, a few tomatoes in different stages of ripeness live on the kitchen counter, and a snip of the herbs are growing in the garden.
I think menu planning just got really easy if you invite me over this summer, because now you know what I will be bringing.
Food trends seem to come and go without me jumping on the bandwagon. Did you see a ton of kale chip recipes here a few years back? Nope. Ancient grain concoctions? Endless ways to eat an avocado? Cauliflower pizza? Okay that one I couldn’t resist. I really wanted to believe all those raving reviews. While… Continue reading
If we were to poll dessert lovers about their summer favorites, strawberry shortcake would rank right up there—probably in first place. But anyone who’s enjoyed key lime pie on a hot summer night is likely to place this dessert first. It’s certainly my preference. The cool creaminess of this pie that packs a delightful citrus… Continue reading
Luckily, everyone here loves coleslaw, and, in my quest to make sure we all get enough veg in our diet – that certainly helps. While fish tacos usually get a traditional savoy cabbage slaw – other meals are ripe for different versions of coleslaw. The beauty of coleslaw is that you can julienne almost any vegetable and… Continue reading
Here in this house we are firmly divided when it comes to cookies, which can be a bit of an issue when I want to please everyone with a single batch. Some of us are lovers of oatmeal raisin, and the remainder swear by chocolate chip. My chocolate chip fanatics are easier, because they’re not… Continue reading
I am sure I have mentioned before, that we eat a lot of eggs for dinner here. Sometimes it’s a quick and easy frittata – like this Broccolini Frittata today, or maybe eggs Benedict with blender hollandaise, always a hit. And, my all time favorite – toast with smashed avocado, a sprinkle of lemon juice,… Continue reading
Usually, I have this crazy notion that the baked goods I post here should be over the top, drool worthy, confections. When really, sometimes you just want a nice little loaf. A basic recipe that doesn’t involve sourcing hard to find ingredients, especially those you have to order online, and then wait for delivery. Nope, this… Continue reading
For most, the thought of international travel lends a feeling of excitement and wonder. For me, I usually default to thinking “what the heck am I going to eat?” Really, off to Bormio Italy to ski the Alps, and I am worried about food? Well, yes. I lost 5 lbs a few years ago while… Continue reading
This Coconut Banana Loaf today is for my friend Lynda. Her son was recently diagnosed with many food allergies, and she is feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the restrictions. Baking without gluten, eggs, milk, nuts, almond flour (which I love to bake with), also no corn or soy. Phew! That’s hard. However, I do… Continue reading
I have confessed in the past, to discussing dinner options while eating breakfast, which I think is smart if you have to think about defrosting or running to the market if you need a few more items. I have not shared though, that I tend to discuss how to make — insert any dinner/… Continue reading
There are a few gluten-free baked items that really intimidate me. Croissants, Angle Food Cake and Cinnamon Rolls, for some reason they have always seemed daunting to me. And, today I have finally ticked one off the list. Gluten Free Cinnamon Buns – as it turns out, not very hard to make at all. In fact… Continue reading
Knowing me, you would expect a really healthy recipe today, to help un-do all the merry making we have been up to for which feels like months. Never have I experienced a Holiday Season with so many parties, with Christmas on a Friday, and New Years Eve falling on Thursday, it was easy to… Continue reading
When Holiday baking, don’t you feel you have to raise the bar a bit? Everyday oatmeal craisin cookies, while good, feel like a Monday morning snack. banana bread, a great accompaniment to a bagged lunch. Even my best lemon ricotta cheesecake, which is a favorite for dinner parties, just doesn’t feel special enough. So, I made… Continue reading
Okay, I was handed a challenge today. A dear friend’s son has been having serious digestive issues, their Doctor suggested a version of the candida diet, which means basically no sugars or most grains. He is 15 years old, and very active in sports, so starving all the time of course. Could I possibly develop… Continue reading
I had an incredibly hard decision to make this week. To which, I gave many hours of thought, did some web surfing looking for inspiration; and leafed through many, many old-fashioned books. If you ask me to bring dessert to Thanksgiving, I do not take that task lightly. It’s crucial to the day, don’t you think?… Continue reading
For the last two weeks, I have been trying to share with you a recipe for Pumpkin Loaf. Seemed easy — yet, it took three attempts to pull it off. The first loaf, I just used my perfect Banana Bread recipe and doctored it up a bit, replacing the banana with pumpkin and adding… Continue reading
So, last month I shared with you that I was intimidated by the thought of making gluten-free pizza. Now, however, I am turning them out weekly. Why? What changed? Well, I figured out that my goal wasn’t to try to make a gluten-free pizza that tastes exactly like regular pizza. It was to just make a… Continue reading
Okay, I have been debating whether I should share this Spatchcocked Chicken recipe with you. Not because it’s too complicated to make — just the opposite. And, not because it contains pricey or hard to find ingredients — geez it’s just a whole, albeit organic, chicken with a few fingerling potatoes and a handful of Brussels… Continue reading
Most of you know that I don’t usually post recipes that are long on ingredients, time-consuming or laborious. This pizza does not fall into those categories per se, it just requires time, 6-8 hours specifically. Yep, that might be a deal breaker, I know. But, it is really worth it. If you are craving shattering… Continue reading
About once a year my husband invites some of his co-workers over for dinner, to discuss their upcoming business endeavors. This time it was six men, my husband and myself. I had weeks of notice, so I wasn’t really worried about the menu. With that many men (none vegetarian) naturally, I veered to steak. Specifically,… Continue reading
While I sometimes think I possess the courage and ability to conquer almost any recipe that comes my way, I must confess I was a tad bit intimidated to tackle artichokes. For me, they fell into the same category as homemade croissants, or a souffle. Technically, I could make them, but, I just wasn’t interested. Lately… Continue reading