Feta Eggplant Rolls

Eggplant has always been a difficult fruit for me to use in recipes. By the way, are you surprised I said fruit? Many people think eggplant is a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit! It is really healthy since it contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber. My signature recipe is eggplant Parmesan, which we are really tired of by now.  I saw an eggplant roll appetizer recipe in an old issue of Fine Cooking magazine that inspired me […]

Plum Goat Cheese Crostini

Besides the brilliant color of this plum jam, you and your guests are going to love the sweet and tangy flavor combination of this plum goat cheese crostini! The plum jam is really easy to make: just add freshly chopped plums to a pot of boiling water and a little sugar and let it simmer down and then cool into a thick jam. Add more or less sugar to your taste preference. My favorite way to serve this crostini dish […]

Ham and Cheese Potato Gratin

Potato gratin is a comfort dish everyone loves all year long. Potatoes, garlic, ham, and cheese…what is not to love about this ham and cheese potato gratin? You will be surprised how easy it is to prepare. Most of the time it is baking in the oven. The hardest part is waiting for it to be done! First, you need to cook the garlic and shallots until tender. Then, to make a creamy sauce, add cream, salt, pepper and thyme […]

Zucchini Cakes

  We all love a good potato pancake. But what about a slightly greener veggie to blend into a savory treat? Zucchini to the rescue! This recipe combines blended zucchini with corn to make a rich and tasty fried cake you’ll be serving at every dinner party. Zucchini Cakes Ingredients 1 cup chopped zucchini (about 1 zucchini) 1 cup flour 1 egg 1/2 cup corn (frozen or fresh) 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mozzarella) 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/4 […]

Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower is a magical food. It can be served raw, cooked, as an appetizer or, in this case, as the foundation of a hearty supper. Here we’re using the Magic Bullet to blend cooked cauliflower, and combining it with spinach and sautéed onions into a tasty cheesy casserole. Cauliflower Casserole Ingredients 1 small head of cauliflower 1/2 onion 1 cup spinach 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp cream Pinch of ground cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg Salt & […]

Pasta with Mushroom and Ricotta Cream Sauce

Hey, what if you could make a pasta dish that was rich and satisfying and perfect for any day? Okay, that’s sort of my mantra but, in any event, this is an earthy and creamy dish that’s pretty low in fat and makes a perfect weeknight dinner in 30 minutes or less. Sold? Sold. Adapted from Martha Stewart. Serve with truffle oil and/or pinot noir. Pasta with Mushroom and Ricotta Cream Sauce Ingredients 2/3 pound rigatoni, or other pasta 1 Tbsp butter, […]

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

This much is clear: if you can make stovetop macaroni and cheese that is much more delicious than what comes from the box in less than half an hour with minimal ingredients, you must do it. This recipe is from The Food Lab, Kenji Lopez-Alt’s newish tome of a book is about all things food science, or rather recipes involving food science. The real, secret strength of this recipe is the way that it gets gooey and delicious, while maintaining […]

Pasta with Mascarpone Cheese, Asparagus, and Walnuts

Do I really need to sell you on this one? Look at that picture! It contains mascarpone! That’s an Italian cream cheese. In a pasta! With delicious springtime asparagus! Are you crazy?! Scroll down to the recipe and get started making this! Still here? Well, okay, you’re a tough sell. I can respect that. But seriously, I toast walnuts and cook asparagus in the same water as the pasta for extra convenience, making this essentially a one-pot dish, and there […]

Western Omelet

Why is breakfast so much better tasting at night? Eggs for lunch, eggs for dinner – a fluffy omelet is good any time of day. And since you don’t necessarily want to expend a lot of energy first thing in the morning, this is the perfect recipe for those looking for a quick and easy breakfast. (Or lunch. Or dinner.) (Or maybe midnight snack? No judgments here.) The other great thing about this omelet is that it’s totally customizable. Base ingredients […]

Cheddar Pecan Cheeseball

Smooth cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese is blended together and wrapped in a ball using chopped pecans to create the perfect party appetizer. This basic cheddar cheeseball is a delicious addition to any appetizer spread. It is casual enough for entertaining a few friends, but also sophisticated enough to star in a large party appetizer line-up. My favorite crackers to spread this cheeseball on are rosemary raisin crackers, but get creative! Why not put out a few different kinds and […]