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

Feb 2, 2017

One Dish Mediterranean White Fish

I was looking for a killer catchy way to start this post.  But I kept coming back to being tired—which is really how my Mediterranean White Fish was created.  Last fall, with my youngest off to college, I decided to go back to school myself.  Just one class.  Well, I had so much fun that this semester, I am taking … 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

Greek Pasta Salad

Oct 6, 2016

Greek Pasta Salad with Orzo

Greek food?  Lately I’ve been obsessed with it.  Could it be all those gorgeous tomatoes sitting on the window sill?  So today’s Aegean-inspired recipe is a Greek Pasta Salad bearing the last of fall’s tomatoes and cucumbers.  But before I start, I must confess a deep dark secret (shhh). I am a die hard pasta salad hater, one of a … Continue reading

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

Aug 28, 2016

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

  Shhh, fall is coming.  In some ways, the transition to fall is subtle.  An orange leaf here, a cool night there.  In other ways, it may be sudden.  Bam—the peppers (or orange squash) are here!  This week’s CSA box was graced with ripe peppers and tomatoes.  So it was time to revive my Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup! 

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca served

Aug 14, 2016

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca

Late summer is tomato season–hooray!  Blessed by vines laden with juicy red fruits, they feature prominently on seasonal menus.  Yes, today’s tomato special is…  Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca.  I am a member of two CSAs (yes, two!)–a holdover from the days my household numbered six.  As a result, I can find myself with a bit of a tomato overload if … Continue reading

Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad (Panzanella) from above

Aug 11, 2016

Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad (Panzanella)

Back in the day, serving bread on salads was big.  Of course, that bread was typically chopped, seasoned, and rebranded as croutons.  But the concept was legit—bread in salads is delicious! This time, it’s served up torn and marinated in a Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad, or Panzanella.   Wikipedia describes Panzanella as “a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes … Continue reading

Tomato Stilton Soup with bread

Jan 10, 2016

Tomato Stilton Soup

The winter of 2015 may forever be known as the season of soup.  Yup… with two kids having impacted wisdom teeth surgery, the blender was my very, favorite, appliance!  Of course in some ways the timing was handy—soup is always part of my Christmas Eve dinner!  This year a Tomato Stilton Soup made its debut, along with an old friend, … Continue reading

Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata is a favorite at Thanksgiving

Nov 1, 2015

Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata with Cherry Tomatoes

You’ve got to love classic recipes like Green Beans Almondine.  Super easy and delicious, who can argue with browned butter!  But sometimes you have to shake things up–and this recipe for Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata is more than up to the challenge.  Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata, known lovingly in our family as “that green bean dish with the cheese and … 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