Perfect Every Time Dried Beans

Perfect Every Time Dried Beans

Silky dried beans have long been an elusive beast in my kitchen.  Given my commitment to whole foods and traditional cooking methods, I prefer to use dried beans, but often end up slightly crunchy beans that are not-quite-as-good as those from a can.  Luckily, I've continued to persevere and am thrilled to announce that I've figured it out.  This … [Read more...]

No-Fuss Roasted Eggplant Parmigiana

No-Fuss Roasted Eggplant Parmigiana

So, now that I've gotten you jazzed about Italian food with my Tuscan Kale Salad and Quattro Pomodoro Sauce, it's time to complete the trifecta.  The food in Italy is divine.  Good food is just in the air over here - you can't walk down a street without seeing beautiful pizzas calling out from shop windows, or markets with overflowing baskets of … [Read more...]

Roasted Eggplant with Feta and Caramelized Onions

Roasted Eggplant with Feta and Caramelized Onions

This is a recipe to post on the refrigerator!  It is one of those magical dishes that feels fancy and delicious without requiring much effort or many ingredients.  It uses four ingredients to be exact, yet feels fit for royalty. Here goes... Roasted Eggplant with Feta and Caramelized Onions Ingredients (serves 2): 2 medium sized eggplants 6 … [Read more...]

Stewed Red Cabbage with Apples and Potatoes

Stewed Red Cabbage with Apples and Potatoes

Cold weather calls for comfort food - warm, nourishing dishes that fill us up after days spent outdoors and inspire us to hunker down by the fire.  Unfortunately there is a misconception that comfort foods equal unhealthy foods, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.  This stewed cabbage is absolutely packed with nutrients, yet still … [Read more...]

Quinoa Pasta with Butternut Squash and Mountain Sage

Quinoa Pasta with Butternut Squash and Mountain Sage

It all started on a hike through Montenegro with loads of mountain sage growing along the trail. At first I just picked a few leaves to sniff and play with while hiking, but soon my gathering instinct got the better of me and I had a huge bouquet by the time we reached the summit. I love the smell and taste of sage and have become even … [Read more...]

Early Fall Dinner Party Menu

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                                                                                                                                            (Photo credit StyleBlueprint.com) I was recently talking with a friend about food (surprise, surprise!) and she mentioned that she really enjoys hosting dinner parties, but never knows what to make.  This … [Read more...]

Zucchini Mint Fritters (and Tomato Basil Fritters)

Zucchini Mint Fritters

We made tomato fritters in one of my Greek cooking classes and they were outstanding - simple, whole foods ingredients and lots of flavor!  Unfortunately they were also deep-fried, so I decided to try making a similar version at home that could be cooked in a pan - none of the deep-fry and all of the deliciousness, well, almost all. Zucchini … [Read more...]

Greek Cooking Class

Greek Cooking Class

I've taken two cooking classes while we've been in Greece and they have both been excellent.  Last night, we had class in Kea, which turned out to be a private session at a beautiful villa near our rental apartment.  We started by touring the vegetable garden, which was at the peak of August beauty.  We used tomatoes and green peppers from this … [Read more...]

Grilled Summer Pizza

Grilled Sumer Veggie Pizza

I love homemade pizza overflowing with delicious toppings.  It honestly feels like a different food from the crappy stuff sold at fast food chains and greasy restaurants.  Homemade pizza can actually be a health food - filled with veggies, made on whole wheat crust, and using just the right amount of cheese.  And, in addition to being delicious and … [Read more...]

Peppers Stuffed with Curried Vegetables

Peppers Stuffed with Curried Vegetables

August is a time of abundance!  No other month has more variety or overstuffed bushel baskets, when it comes to produce at the farmers markets.  It is the best time of year to enjoy all the bounty of summer through vegetable heavy meals. These stuffed peppers use many of the seasonal vegetables of August, but don't feel limited by my choices. … [Read more...]