Month: June 2015

Superfood Spotlight: Quinoa (Health Benefits, Cooking Tips & More)

Superfood Spotlight: Quinoa (Health Benefits, Cooking Tips & More)

For those of you who aren’t already familiar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), get ready to have your mind blown. Originating from the South America Andes, quinoa has been referred to by the Incas as being the “mother of all grains” (though, technically quinoa isn’t a grain at all, but the seed of the Goosefoot plant, […]

Summer Strawberries and Blueberries with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Summer Berries with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

This is definitely not a brand new discovery, but it is oh-my-goodness-how-could-something-so-simple-be-so-delicious good! What’s not to love about fresh summer berries and my secret dessert weapon – mascarpone. Naturally sweet, yet surprisingly light, buttery soft mascarpone cheese makes everything taste glorious (and with 1/2 the calories of butter, it’s not as bad you might think, […]

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Chives with their beautiful purple buds are one of the prettiest things I’ve stumbled across at the farmers’ market lately. And guess what? The entire plant is edible, even when in full bloom with its pale purple flowers! You’re probably familiar with chives and their delicate just-the-right-amount-of onion-without-being-overpowering flavor. But what about their pretty little […]

Cucumber Salad Rings with Cilantro-Honey-Lime Dressing

Cucumber Salad Rings with Cilantro-Honey-Lime Dressing

Yes, we already know that I love the fresh combination of cucumbers and cilantro. With the addition of creamy fresh mozzarella, peppery arugula, crisp apples and crunchy peanuts, this refreshing and tasty starter makes a wonderful accompaniment to any summer menu! The inspiration for this recipe came from my friend Denise. It’s based on a […]

Antioxidant rich berries, blueberries, strawberries

Antioxidants vs Free Radicals

The science is clear: plant-based foods are good for you — the dietary superstars. But what’s all this talk about antioxidants? I think we have all heard claims on how important they are for maintaining youth, vitality, and health and so on. But what does it all mean? WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS? Antioxidants are compounds that […]

Arugula Salad with Quinoa, Sun-dried Tomatoes & Parmesan

Warm Quinoa Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Originating from the South America Andes, quinoa has been referred to by the Incas as being the “mother of all grains” (though, technically quinoa isn’t a grain at all, but the seed of the Goosefoot plant). It tastes great, it’s high in protein, and it’s gluten-free. Quinoa is simple to prepare and packed with goodness, […]

Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Pescatarian, and Pollotarian Explained

I recently discovered that there is actually a term for people who follow a vegetarian diet 90% of the time (give or take) – it’s called “flexitarian”. Technically, flexitarian doesn’t actually even fall into any of the many “levels” of vegetarianism, or types of vegetarian diets, but it get an honorable mention — a “very […]

Baby Cuttlefish with White Wine and Cherry Tomatoes

Cuttlefish, also known as sepia is a relative of the squid and octopus. Not only is it great tasting, it’s easy to cook and healthy! With this variation, you will quickly be brought back to fond memories of your last holiday in the south. My favorite Schwabe was actually the one to introduce me to […]

Zucchini Lemon Quinoa

Zucchini-Lemon Quinoa

Dubbed a super-food, not only is quinoa (actually a seed, not a grain and pronounced KEEN-wah) gluten free, but it’s also a balanced and complete source of protein that’s rich in vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect, nutrient-packed accompaniment to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Being a so-called “flexitarian” who has also had the […]

Ground Sumac Spice

Getting To Know: Ground Sumac Spice

Sumac has long been used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (most notably as a key ingredients in za’atar) and there’s good reason that it’s gaining increased popularity and is becoming a welcome addition to any spice cupboard. Just a sprinkle of this Middle Eastern spice instantly improves any dish, making it […]

Pecan Rhubarb Muffins

Pecan Rhubarb Muffins

Did you know that rhubarb is good for you? Some even consider it a contender for joining the long list of “superfoods“. It’s no secret that rhubarb is packed with minerals and vitamins, but it also has something called polyphenols — an anti-cancerous compound that scientists are claiming may help prevent the growth of cancer […]

Mango Insalata Caprese

Mango Insalata Caprese

Insalata caprese (meaning, the salad from Capri) is the perfect summertime dish. I first experienced how delicious mangos in a caprese salad could be while enjoying a Thursday night (a.k.a. “little Friday”) get together with friends at a neighboring café that serves up authentic Italian slow food. The great thing about this salad is that […]