Challah Bread

Challah is a very straightforward bread to make. It is a simple dough that is enriched with eggs, oil and a small amount of honey for sweetness. This bread can be made from start to finish in the space of an afternoon. Braiding Challah The braiding is what makes...

One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken

While the chicken might be the heart of this one-pot meal, the Kalamata olives and capers are it’s essence and flavor punch. An added bonus is that this one-pot Mediterranean chicken is ready in just over a half an hour. There is nothing better than the simplicity of a one-pot...

The “Everything” Oatmeal Cookie

If you love a chocolate chip cooking, this cookie is for you. If you love an oatmeal cookie, this cookie is for you. If you love coconut, this cookie is for you. It has “everything” your favorite cookie would have, but it’s just one cookie. Once baked these cookies...

Zeppole San Giuseppe

Zeppole San Giuseppe’s are a lightly sweetened pastry filled and topped with a light and airy custard cream, dusted with powdered sugar and crowned with rum soaked cranberries....

Tiramisu

This classic Tiramisu is made with espresso-soaked ladyfingers layered with a light and airy mascarpone cheese, and dusted with cocoa powder to finish. This is a great make ahead dessert and I encourage you to try making your own mascarpone. See my post How to prepare Mascarpone.   To get...

Sautéed Fennel with Quinoa and Pomegranate

Fennel is one vegetable that you either love or leave alone. This recipe for Sauteed Fennel with Quinoa and Pomegranate combines fennel’s sweet licorice flavor with a little bit of heat from a serrano pepper, the tartness of a pomegranate seed and the nutty flavor of quinoa. The marrying...

My Favorite Quinoa Salad

This chickpea, fennel and quinoa salad recipe is one of my favorite salads with quinoa. It’s made simply with quinoa, fresh fennel, pomegranate seeds, serrano pepper (for a bit of heat), red onion, chickpeas, fresh parsley and an olive oil and lemon dressing.  Whether you already love quinoa or...

Poppin’ with Flavor

Popcorn doesn’t have to be buttered to be delicious. There are so many great recipes offering a variety of flavors and blends. I have a couple I made recently that I love. One is a sweet and crunchy Caramel Popcorn and the other is a Savory Popcorn Blend made...

Creamy Tomato Bisque

This easy Creamy Tomato Bisque has a silky-smooth texture and rich tomato flavor. It’s my go-to soup for pairing with grilled cheese The ingredients are simple, it doesn’t take long to make, and it does great in the freezer. Make a big batch and you’ll have some for tonight...

Maple Walnut Raisin Cream Cheese

Maple Walnut Raisin Cream Cheese is so simple to make and unlike the ones you buy, you will know exactly what you are eating. While I won’t pretend to say this is “healthy”, it does only use natural ingredients. That’s helps…right? A bit of brown sugar, pure maple syrup,...