Month: February 2015

Roasted Beet Salad in a Lemon-Pistachio Vinaigrette

Roasting beets can take up to an hour, sometimes even longer so if you are squeezed for time, then just cut them up and steam them –you’ll shorten their cooking time by half! Simply trim and half the beets and steam them using a collapsible stainless steel steamer basket – remember these? They’re been around […]

Braised Endive with Blood Orange and Pomegranate

Braised Belgium Endive with Blood Oranges and Pomegranate

If you’re a lover of Belgium endive and it’s pleasantly bitter flavor, then you are in luck! You’ll love it braised and bathing in the sweet juicy awesomeness of blood oranges and pomegranates — both of which help balance out its edge. This side dish has a fantastic array flavors, colors and textures — perfect […]

Banana and Raspberry Muffin

Banana and Raspberry Muffins

Here’s another perfect on-the-go any time of day snack. This batch of beautiful, healthy banana and raspberry muffins are made with yogurt, homemade apple sauce (easy as pie, by the way) and sweetened with a little bit of natural cane sugar and a smidgen of honey. I used half all-purpose flour and half whole grain […]

Pesto Genovese Pasta

Pesto Genovese Pasta

My friend Magali writes that with chilly winter temperatures in Geneva so she has been enjoying a lot of pasta these days. Yes, don’t we all do that? Cold day, forget a salad, let’s go for something a little more heartwarming and satisfying, right? So from Geneva with love: Pesto Genovese Pasta. Traditionally, it’s prepared […]

Spinach Salad with Sumac Pita and Pomegranate

Spinach Salad with Sumac Pita and Pomegranate

Introduce your taste buds to something tasty tonight! If you’re not already familiar sumac, it’s a taste treasure often used in Middle Eastern cooking. It’s also one of the main ingredients in the tangy, herbaceous spice mix za’atar (along with roasted sesame seeds and dried herbs). Sumac has a bright, tangy lemon taste and has […]

Beet and Apple Salad with Dill and Tarragon

From September until March flavorful beets are especially easy to find. Get creative and add them to your salads. If you are a beet lover, this combination of beets, apples, sautéed shallots, fresh dill and crispy fried tarragon is a must try. I am a big fan of fresh beets – boiled, steamed, roasted and […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Breadcrumbs and Lemon

Think you don’t like brussels sprouts? Just like vegemite and marmite, they seem to conjure up reactions of love or hate. And of course they have their avid haters. Actually, they have topped the list of most hated vegetable in America and been equally vilified by the Brits despite their faithful appearance each winter at […]

Coconut & Rum Banana Loaf (Egg-Free)

Coconut and Rum Banana Loaf (Egg-Free)

Introduced to me by my Swedish friend, Amalia, this fabulous recipe is egg-free, making it unusual and ideal for egg allergy sufferers. The blend of of ripe bananas, coconut, vanilla and rum transform this banana loaf into a tropical treat. Make sure the bananas are really over-ripe – as they ripen, the starch turns to […]

Papaya Avocado Salad in a Sweet Papaya Seed Dressing

Fruit is a great addition to any salad. Try pairing creamy, buttery papaya and avocado with crisp red pepper and romaine lettuce. Together with a fresh tarragon and papaya seed dressing, heavenly. Choose a firm, ripe avocado so you can enjoy the best of its smooth texture and a nutty taste. Don’t toss the papaya […]

Pasta with Oyster Mushrooms, Prosciutto and Fresh Sage

Pasta with Oyster Mushrooms, Prosciutto and Fresh Sage

Combined with the subtlety of pasta with oyster mushrooms and the delicate saltiness of prosciutto, this dish makes for an easy, elegant midweek meal and is a definite crowd pleaser! I absolutely love the richness of flavors in this dish. Admittedly, with mascarpone, this dish is a bit of a calorie bomb, but sometimes we […]

Ginger-Orange Beef Stir-Fry

In my 20’s I didn’t eat red meat at all, just the occasional chicken breast and a whole lot of fish. Being a “Westcoast Girl”, fresh fish and seafood (sushi among all!) was a mainstay of my diet. That, along with my love of a good, fresh salad. These days, with my favorite Schwabe having […]

Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce, Red Wine and Tomatoes

Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce, Red Wine and Tomatoes

This stew definitely has the umami things going on. I’m not usually one to cook a lot of hearty meat based meals, but with hungry boys telling me they are really craving some kind of dinner with meat, rice and gravy –- which sounds terrible, by the way –- I decided to give this stew […]

King Trumpet Mushroom Salad

I really loves salads. And I am pretty big fan of mushrooms too. BUT I’m not all the particular to the all too “vanilla” button mushrooms, rather the unique, wilder types. Maybe you have seen these hefty mushrooms with their unassuming, little flat caps before… native to the Mediterranean, king trumpets are part of the […]

Winter Salad with Belgian Endive and Pink Grapefruit

This is a lovely and light winter salad, for when you are craving something light and crunchy in the midst of a season dominated by hearty comfort foods. Plus this salad has a fair amount of healthy nutrients to brighten our winter days! In winter, grapefruits are plentiful and can be a refreshing addition to […]

Ragù (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

This homemade recipe for spaghetti meat sauce is a traditional dish that never tires. It’s a wonderful sauce on all kinds of pasta and is best served with freshly grated parmesan cheese. It also makes the perfect filling for lasagna! Anyone who has kids knows that there is no such thing as life without spaghetti […]

Sweet Potato Mango Red Thai Curry

One of the things that really makes Thai food stand apart is its vibrant flavors. Bursting with spicy, sweet, and tart flavors, this red Thai curry and is loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs, keeping it fresh and light. Thai cooking doesn’t to take a lot of effort and time. It’s actually pretty simple. Really, […]

Tomato and Caper Salad

Tomato Caper Salad

This is a deliciously simple side salad inspired by a brunch get together at my friend Anna’s place recently. She is an amazing host and an even better cook–right down my alley–fresh, fresh, fresh! With homemade baba ganoush, roasted red pepper spread, market fresh cheese, string bean salad, fresh-from-the-bakery German rolls, and whole host of […]

German Beef Rouladen

German food. Love, love, love it. Succulent beef, delicious gravy. The origin of the word “roulade” may be French but Rouladen is very much a traditional German dish usually consisting of bacon, onions, mustard and pickles wrapped in thinly sliced beef which is browned, then braised over low heat in a red wine broth. Although […]