Broccoli topped with basil, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan and cherry tomatoes, Broccoli Cheese Casserole is perfect as a healthy side or main dish.

May 18, 2017

Broccoli Cheese Casserole (Gratinata)

What do you do when you like a recipe so much that you can’t get enough of it?  You turn it into something new–so you can eat it even more often!  Like this Broccoli Cheese Casserole (Gratinata).   My sister-in-law made the original Green Bean Gratinata with Cherry Tomatoes (based on a recipe from Lidia Bastianich) every year for Thanksgiving dinner, where it … Continue reading

With tangy feta cheese and savory dill, Greek Deviled Eggs will be the hit of your next brunch or picnic. Perfect for Easter of Mother's Day!

Mar 28, 2017

Greek Deviled Eggs & a Giveaway

I was a picky eater as a kid.  Hard boiled eggs?  Eeuuuw. Mayo?  No way!  Luckily, I outgrew it!  Otherwise I’d never have made Greek Deviled Eggs!   Last year I noticed lots of fancy deviled egg recipes appearing all over the Internet.  Embellished with tasty add-ins like bacon or salsa, who could resist? 

Feb 23, 2017

Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup

Does the world really need another broccoli cheese soup?  I hear you, probably not.  But how about a version with an added vegetable?  Less fat? Or a little more flavor and an extra antioxidant (turmeric)? How about that!   I tend to suffer from what the tech industry calls “analysis paralysis”.  I want to research every recipe ever written, test … Continue reading

Jan 29, 2017

Burrata with Roasted Strawberries and a Giveaway

­ Fresh mozzarella is all the rage.  In salads, or appetizers, it can put a recipe over the top!  But let me tell you about a special variety that really shines.  It’s called Burrata–like in this Burrata with Roasted Strawberries and Red Wine Sauce.   Now at first glance, a ball of Burrata looks at a lot like fresh mozzarella.  But … Continue reading

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Dec 28, 2016

Easy Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Whew!  Are you as tired as I am?  Rousing parties, holiday shows and fancy cooking are all fun–but non-stop activity can take a toll.  Even a food blogger can need a cooking break! So, with New Year’s Eve on the horizon, I am sharing a super easy meatball & mozzarella appetizer.  The idea comes from my teenage nieces who made … Continue reading

Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta in Window

Jun 9, 2016

Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta with Basil Drizzle

Gotta love summer entertaining.  From picnics to cookouts to toasting s’mores, the living is easy–and lots of fun!  My very favorite warm weather treat is drinks and appetizers on the patio. Charcuturie plates, cheese platters and trays of hors d-oeuvres like Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta are perfect go-to summer dishes!   Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta is an appetizer of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and … Continue reading

Wild Ramp Goat Cheese Spread with crackers

Jun 2, 2016

Wild Ramp Goat Cheese Spread (with Ramp Alternative)

Wild harvesting is a joy—full of treasures from violets to berries.  Better still, it comes with a stroll in nature, even if just to the backyard! Spring is my favorite foraging season; after barren winter, an edible discovery is a wonder.  My most recent “find” is a small harvest of wild ramps which I used to make a Wild Ramp … Continue reading

Jan 21, 2016

Blue Cheese Roasted Vegetables

Aren’t roasted vegetables one of winter’s great dishes?  You start with something ordinary, even gnarly: twisted parsnips, boring carrots, gritty beets…  Give them a little time in a hot oven and it’s magic.  For something even more special, how about Blue Cheese Roasted Vegetables. Now I have absolutely no complaint about regular roast veggies.  Chop them, toss them with olive … Continue reading

Rosemary Tomato & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Oct 8, 2015

Rosemary, Tomato, Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Sometimes when you go to extremes you end up back in the middle.  Even with tomatoes.  Now everyone knows how delightful seasonal vine-ripened tomatoes are, sliced into a salad or cut into a caprese! And as  a totally-not-fresh alternative, sun dried tomatoes are perfect to extend this joy into winter.  But when my sister mentioned Roasted Rosemary, Tomato, Goat Cheese … Continue reading

Greek Salad

Jul 26, 2015

CSA Greek Salad

Have you heard me whining (sorry) lately about being buried in CSA vegetables? Well, I still feel a little deer-in-the-headlights at the moment (have I mentioned I do two CSAs?). But I made a nice dent in the supplies today. I made a Greek Salad.  Topped with an an olive oil and lemon dressing and an array of fresh veggies–tomatoes, … Continue reading