Feta Cucumber Salad

Feta Cucumber Salad

This is one of my favorite late summer dishes.  I had a version at a wedding shower years ago served with smaller cucumber chunks and corn chips for dipping.  I was hooked and have since turned it into a stand-alone salad that I make almost weekly in late August and early September.  It never disappoints! This year, it was a treat to make while … [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...]

Three Herb Pesto with New Potatoes and Green Beans

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I'm officially obsessed with pesto!  It is one of my favorite things to make, is packed with nutrients, and literally tastes good on everything.  I begin the summer each year by making (and freezing) as much garlic scape pesto as possible, and then proceed to spend the summer making batches with all the other herbs I grow on my roof deck or find at … [Read more...]

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

As you may have guessed, beets hold a special place in my heart.  They seem to perfectly epitomize the ideal vegetable – versatile, delicious, overflowing with nutrients, and beautiful to boot!  Beets are truly a superfood. Beets are best known nutritionally for their high antioxidant levels, many vitamins and minerals, and support of … [Read more...]

Veggie Snack Bags

Veggie Snack Bags

Everyone knows that we should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to actually make that happen.  I'm quite focused healthy eating, and even I sometimes find that I haven’t eaten enough on a given day.  One of my tricks is packing veggie snack bags.  I know it sounds like I’m in third grade, but some … [Read more...]

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

There is something about summer that inspires me to make pasta and grain salads. First of all, I love any excuse to use up as many veggies as possible, but I also love that these salads are good warm or cold and can be eaten right away or enjoyed a few days later. They are the epitome of easy, healthy, summer cooking. My standby is a quinoa salad … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon with Potato Latkes

Smoked Salmon and Potato Latkes

We're heading to Scandinavia this week and I'm getting in the mood with smoked salmon and potato latkes!  Smoked salmon is one of my favorite sources of omega-3's and I try to eat it once a week if possible.  I often eat it on toast or a bagel, but occasionally I take the time to make potato latkes and it is oh so much better! My Mom's secret … [Read more...]

Broccoli and Fennel Salad

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This is one of my favorite recipes.  It is light, flexible, and healthy.  It is delicious with fresh broccoli from the farmers market, and equally good with winter broccoli from the grocery store.  Best of all, it gets better with time and tastes good warm or cold, so it makes excellent leftovers! Broccoli and Fennel Salad Ingredients (serves … [Read more...]

Spring Salads

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Spring is a season of salads! Actually, I think there are great salad for all seasons, but spring is one of my favorite times to celebrate bitter greens and fresh garden toppings.  There are endless delicious combinations and lots of room for creativity.  I've been making salads often during our travels.  It's usually easy to find fresh greens and … [Read more...]

Recreating the Bistro Salad

Recreating the Bistro Salad

I've been eyeing these delicious bistro salads that are served all over Paris.  They are the perfect antidote to rich food and have a fitting spring quality to them.  After tasting a few different varieties over the past few days I decided to try making my own.  It was wonderful! I used red leaf lettuce, mache, and parsley as my base of greens. … [Read more...]