The Perfect App For Gluten Avoiders…and the People That Love Them

  Imitation = flattery. I stole this idea from a restaurant in Ohio, but riffed a bit. Start with a few basics and make it your own. Serve as an app, side salad or top chicken paillard. Combine Ingredients: 1/2 colored pepper, finely diced Large tomato or handful of cherries, diced Pickling cucumber, peeled (orContinue reading “The Perfect App For Gluten Avoiders…and the People That Love Them”

OMG, Is Tonight Book Group? Salad

My book group is no wine and cheese affair, although there is always wine and usually cheese. As a member who's missed more meetings than I've attended, I usually try to step up my contribution. Except last week, with 430 roses being processed for an event, a pediatric visit and the need to visit twoContinue reading “OMG, Is Tonight Book Group? Salad”

Mussel Mania

You don’t need much to make mussels delicious (and nutritious). Steaming them in water or throwing them on a hot grill would work. BUT a few pantry staples up the game and make you look like a genius. Ingredients: De-bearded and clean mussels from the fishmonger (love that word). Ask if they’re good to go.TheyContinue reading “Mussel Mania”

Inspiration For The Salad Bowl

I'm thinking you can slavishly follow this recipe, or pick and choose among your fave ingredients. If you're living grill-less, skip the charring of the vegetables and use them raw. Whatever you do, toast the almonds and overload on the ricotta salata. Just a thought…I've got your back 🙂 Click here for the recipe. EatContinue reading “Inspiration For The Salad Bowl”

“I Don’t Feel Like Shopping Pasta”

Shop if you must, slide if you can. With one large or a couple of medium, summer perfect tomatoes and a pantry, this dish is done in 13 minutes. Double down to feed a crowd. Ingredients: Pasta of your choice Tomato(es) Basil Olive Parmesan or similar grated cheese Boil a big pot of salted water.Continue reading ““I Don’t Feel Like Shopping Pasta””

Not(!) Potato Salad

  I'm back (how long has it been?) oy. The family's been fed, albeit in an undocumented fashion as the flower and event planning side of the biz consumed the better part of the last few months. But Not (!) Potato Salad deserves a gold star. It (I?) got my husband to eat it evenContinue reading “Not(!) Potato Salad”

Not Meat Free St. Patrick’s Day Monday

The beef is corned! The great common denominator connecting Jewish and Irish tables is celebrated today. You can start days earlier, or you can buy your brisket with a seasoning pack and make life easy and delicious. At just under two pounds this piece of deliciousness is also built for two – the max numberContinue reading “Not Meat Free St. Patrick’s Day Monday”

Cookies…Yeah, That Kind of Cold

There's only one respite from the polar vortex, and I mean inside or out. I've got to be in front of a warm oven. That probably explains why I baked the whole batch of rugelach (like a Jewish croissant cookie) instead if saving half for later. We also made these cookies in the cooking classContinue reading “Cookies…Yeah, That Kind of Cold”

Not Take-Out Stir Fry

Use beef or sub chicken like I did, this dish is faster to make than waiting for a delivery. Start the rice first. Also on our All American, larger portion, teen enriched table, the recipe barely served four portions. Up the quantity, lower your intake, or add a super fiber rich side…broccoli and ginger anyone?Continue reading “Not Take-Out Stir Fry”

Meat free and Monday Pudding

I'm not advocating for weeknight dessert after reading the latest in the NYT's from noted food and health doctor Robert Lustig regarding sugar consumption. BUT as a treat, this “Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding” from Better Homes and Gardens works just fine. Hands down it eclipses powdered pudding! A couple of notes, the first step can takeContinue reading “Meat free and Monday Pudding”