All posts filed under: Recipes

Mango, Avocado and Prawn Salad with Coriander, Chili and Lime

Avocado and Prawn Salad with Cilantro, Chili and Lime

Light and highly flavored, consider this salad a guilt-free indulgence! This south-of-the-border inspired salad is absolutely terrific. It really brings me back to holidays spent in Mexico soaking up the sun and enjoying fresh ceviche served in beach cafes. With the combination of prawns, lime and cilantro this salad is fresh, vibrant and reminiscent of […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Uses and Health Benefits of Fresh Sage Herb

Sage – The Holy Herb

In Greek mythology, sage was believed to be a powerful protector and healing agent that was sacred to the gods. It was also commonly believed to strengthen the memory, hence “a sage”, or wise man with a many memories and profound wisdom. Seeking immortality? According to Medieval folklore, all you have to do is take […]

Baked Orzo with Shrimp, Tomato and Feta‏

This recipe was inspired by a dish my aunt raved about — a bold and flavorful Greek dish called shrimp saganaki. Served as an appetizer, shrimp is sautéed in a pan with tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, then eaten right out of the skillet with the help of some crusty bread to soak up all […]

Persimmon & Watercress Salad with Rhubarb-Ginger Dressing

Persimmon & Watercress Salad with Rhubarb-Ginger Dressing

I love creative salads. This one is just that. Inspired by the wonderful assortment of fresh farm produce, abundance of spring herbs, and exotic fruit sold at the farmers market, this salad is a mix of sweet persimmons, peppery watercress, bitter and spicy radicchio, plus a little fresh mint and chives, all tossed together in […]

Königin-Pasteten (Vol-au-vent) with a Creamy Veal and Mushroom Ragout

Königin-Pasteten (Vol-au-vent) with a Creamy Veal and Mushroom Ragout

As a main meal or finger food, it’s representative of a traditional German or French dish made for special occasions or to celebrate a festive time of year. Armed with this information, and a festive occasion (my birthday), that was my wish. Königin-Pasteten with a creamy veal and mushroom ragout. It was a Monday night […]

Spicy Thai Prawn and Pineapple Salad‏

Thai Prawn and Pineapple Salad‏

I can’t begin to tell you how yummy this salad was! It might just be the simplest, most heavenly salad I’ve had all month. Really, it was delicious and could very well convince anyone to consider trying pineapple in a salad. Seriously! It’s the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, but it’s not overpowering — […]

Spicy Thai Carrot and Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Spicy Thai Carrot and Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that is extremely versatile and whether eaten raw or cooked can be completely yum-worthy. This is a great example of that — zucchini ribbons tossed in a Thai inspired, tangy and spicy dressing. For good taste and attempts to disguise another dreaded zucchini dish from my favorite Schwabe, I […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This oh sooo good Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe is curtesy of my dear friend Magali. It’s based on an adaption of a recipe that was originally published in Saveur magazine and later made famous by Oprah Winfrey when she highlighted it in a feature about supermodel Cindy Crawford. She claimed that it is something she […]