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Category Archives: Recipes

Easy Rice & Beans (and yes, all in one pot!)

Ingredients 3-4 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped (I prefer medium to large) 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced cross-wise 1 ¾ cups chicken or vegetable stock or water 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup long-grain rice (I prefer basmati) 1 (15.5-ounce) can black or pinto beans 1 (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes (unseasoned/no-salt) 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite spicy condiment (optional if […]

White Bean Salad in Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Ingredients Vinaigrette: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato-infused oil (from jar of sun-dried tomatoes) 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 2 garlic cloves, pressed (pasted) or finely minced ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes ¼ teaspoon coarse salt Freshly ground black pepper Beans: 2 (16-ounce) cans cannellini or great northern beans, rinsed and drained 1/3 cup diced red onion 6 basil leaves, chopped […]

Cherry Tomato Salad with Soy Sauce and Basil

The combination of ingredients in this salad may seem unusual; but the end result is worth it. Quality ingredients in, equal a better final dish. I enjoy this dish as a side or even as a stand-alone lunch. Serves 2 Note: This recipe can easily be adjusted by doubling ingredients, etc. Ingredients 2 cups cherry […]

Pickled Eggs!? Yes!

I grew up with them and still love them.  Anything pickled can land on my plate anytime.  These are a great snack to have on hand. Ingredients 12 eggs 1 cup white vinegar 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons Kosher salt (use coarse salt!) 2 tablespoons pickling spice 1 onion, halved and sliced 10 black peppercorns […]

Eggs poached within avocado – – easy and delicious

This recipe is so straight forward and simple to utilize for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  I put the finished avocado halves over a dressed salad for an easy healthy lunch.  One could use lime for squeezing and garnish with cilantro then serve over rice and/or beans. Maybe throw in some warm tortillas for […]

Roasted Fennel with Parmesan Crust

Ingredients 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 fennel bulbs, cut horizontally or vertically into 1/3-inch thick slices, reserve the fronds Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1 lemon Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass […]

Late Winter Ragout with Pappardelle

Pappardelle is a wide noodle pasta which is very comforting with richer sauces. Perfect for fall or winter dining. Note: serves two healthy portions – – 4 smaller portions. Italians prefer to just “coat the pasta” with any sauce as the pasta is the star of the meal. If you want big portions of the […]

Salted Caramel Ice Cream – – a fall treat

The whipped cream folded into the dulce de leche creates a “cloud result” in the mouth when the ice cream is finished.  The saltiness is just perfectly paired with the sweetness of the caramel.  Everyone who tried this was asking for more! Notes: If you are making the dulce de leche yourself (highly recommended!) rather […]

Fall Mexican Butternut Squash Empanadas

The flavors of the fresh produce make their way into this slightly spicy, and smoky empanada.  The flaky crust holds the delicious stuffed filling so nicely. Topped with the Mexican crema and crisp/slightly-tart green tomato salsa, this dish is a pleaser. Ingredients 6 Empanada Wrappers (store bought or can sometimes be purchased at Mexican restaurants) […]

Soy & Vinegar Glazed Chicken

This recipe is so easy and yet the results reflect more effort… Never a bad thing!  The sauce is absolutely delicious. I served this most recently over Basmati rice to which I “yellowed” with a bit of turmeric. Just before serving, sweet peas were folded in for a brightness in color. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon vegetable […]

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