Turkey Burger

Turkey Burgers with Melted Cheddar and Guacamole

I'm trying to find ways to eat lean protein and still keep meals interesting and delicious.  This Turkey Burger fits the bill and was especially popular with the kids.  I have a feeling it's going to become a classic--from the wonderful cookbook Keepers by Caroline Campion and Kathy Brennan. The Recipe    Prep Time:  15 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Yields: 6 servings Ingredients For the burgers: 1 kg (2 lbs) ground turkey meat, preferably a combination of dark and white ... Continue Reading
Mushroom Toast

Sautéed Mushroom Toast

Mushrooms are high in dietary fiber and contain many B vitamins as well as minerals such as potassium, selenium, copper, iron, and phosphorus.  And they taste pretty amazingly too!  Sauté them up and serve over your favorite wholegrain bread. The Recipe    Prep Time:  5 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Yields: 2 servings Ingredients 2 slices of a nice wholegrain bread 2 Tbsp olive oil about 12 mushrooms, sliced 1 green onion, chopped a squeeze of lemon juice ... Continue Reading
Tagliatelle with Sundried Tomatoes and Basil

Tagliatelle with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pesto, and Mozzarella

This is one of those basic recipes that you can whip up from ingredients you already have in your pantry.  Requires only boiling the pasta and preparing the pesto, then throwing it all together. The Recipe    Prep Time:  10 mins Cook Time: 12 mins Yields: 6 servings Ingredients 1 package tagliatelle 2 cloves of garlic 3-4 Tbsp olive oil (I use the olive oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor sometimes) a large handful of basil leaves a ... Continue Reading
Peanut Butter Ganache Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Ganache Cheesecake

What is it about peanut butter and chocolate?  It's like they were made for each other.  Soulmates.  This is the creamiest dreamiest cheesecake you will find.  It needs to be made in advance, as do all cheesecakes.  I usually make a cheesecake the night before I want it so that it can chill overnight.  I assure you though that it's well worth the wait. The Recipe    Prep Time:   20 mins Cook Time: 1  1/2 hrs Yields: 12 servings Ingredients INGREDIENTS For the ... Continue Reading
Asparagus Pasta

Whole Wheat Pasta with Spicy Garlic Asparagus Sauce

Springtime means asparagus!  I love this vegetable so much and wait all year for it to be in season.  This pasta dish is easy and quick and loaded with spring asparagus.  Try it! Sauté the garlic and peppers in butter and olive oil.  The combination of olive oil and butter is really yummy and the olive oil prevents the butter from burning! Add the asparagus and other ingredients and it's done in 5 minutes! The Recipe    Prep Time:  5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Y... Continue Reading
Steak Frites

Steak Frites with Cafe de Paris Sauce

There is a well-known restaurant in the 17th arrondissement of Paris called Le Relais de Venise.  This is where at the age of 20, I had my first Entrecôte served with frites (french fries) and Cafe de Paris sauce, an exquisite butter herb sauce.  The restaurant only serves this one dish, along with a salad to start.  Your only choice is how do you want it cooked.  The flavor of the sauce goes exceptionally well with a grilled piece of beef, as anyone who has tried it can attest. ... Continue Reading
Creamy Garlic Spinach Pasta

Creamy Garlic Spinach Pasta

This pasta is a family favorite, and the way I got my kids to start eating Spinach years ago.  Serve as a vegetarian meal, or marinate and grill some chicken breasts to serve on the side if you need a more hearty meal with extra protein. A note about the measurements in this recipe... they are very imprecise.  Basically, prepare it according to your own tastes.  If you like it to be more "spinachy", add more spinach.  If you like it a little lighter, add more cream.  And so on. The ... Continue Reading

Grilled Vegetable and Halloumi Sandwiches with Basil Aioli

Spring is here and it's time to fire up the grill!  These are truly beautiful summer sandwiches that can be ready in less than 30 minutes.  I like mine with only vegetables, but if you know someone who truly needs meat, than you can do the same thing, but add some lovely grilled koftas to it!  Use any vegetables that you like that will grill well.  I used zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and onions here.  You could try sweet potato, mushrooms, fennel, anything!  Scrumptious! If you're ... Continue Reading