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
Chicken Balti Curry

Chicken Balti Curry

There's just something about a curry.  It's real comfort food, easy to prepare, and no sacrifice of flavor whatsoever.  Everyone will love this recipe for Chicken Balti.  Guaranteed.  And it literally only takes minutes to prepare.  I've made this recipe less spicy hot than I normally might because sometimes I prefer a milder curry so that the other flavors of cumin, ginger, and turmeric can shine through.  But if you prefer all your food to be a three alarm fire, go ahead and spice ... Continue Reading
Tomato Soup and Polenta

Chunky Tomato Soup with Crispy Polenta Sticks

Ever need a super quick and easy meal but also want something flavorful and delicious?  Every day, you say?  Well here is a perfect answer.  Chunky Tomato Soup and Crispy Polenta Sticks.  If you have 30 minutes, then you are good to go. Cook the polenta and refrigerate. Make the soup and let it simmer.  Do something else for 20 minutes.  Then come back, cut up the polenta and fry it. Puree the soup.  And you're done! How easy was that???  MMMMmmmmm. ... Continue Reading
Chocolate Souffle

Mom’s Chocolate Soufflé

Do you want a warm chocolatey creamy fruity dessert??  Try this heavenly light Chocolate Souffle which takes 10 minutes to prepare and is absolutely delicious.   The Recipe    Prep Time:  10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Yields: 6 servings Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup milk 2 oz (56g) dark unsweetened chocolate (99% cocoa) 3 egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3 egg whites 1/4 tsp cream of ... Continue Reading
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

This Italian dish is always a huge crowd-pleaser.  Each beautiful meatball has a soft melted mozzarella center.  I use bocconcini for this, the little egg-sized balls of mozzarella, literally meaning "little bites," but if you can't find those, just cut up a larger ball into small chunks.  These meatballs are cheesy and delicious and make for a perfect family weeknight dinner. First you make the chicken mixture: Then you insert the mozzarella into the center of each meatball ... Continue Reading

A Week in Megeve — France

Stunning mountains covered in shimmering blankets of cool white snow and hearty delicious Savoyarde food await you in this picturesque Alpine town -- the perfect family winter holiday I believe that there is nothing quite like being in the mountains.  There is a sense of quiet peace, a humbling reminder of humankind's smallness and nature's greatness on display wherever you look.  The beauty of jagged peaks covered in fresh snow glistening in the sunshine and the majesty of pine trees ... Continue Reading
Coconut Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies Dipped in Dark Chocolate

I decided I really needed some chocolate.  And some coconut.  And so...COOKIES!  I love the subtle sweetness of the coconut and the oats make them feel healthful :) These oatmeal coconut cookies are quite subtle and very delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness.  You can eat them plain, or dipped in creamy dark chocolate. I do it both ways. The Recipe    Prep Time:  15 mins Cook Time: 12 minutes per batch Yields: 24 cookies Ingredients 1 cup ... Continue Reading
Vegetarian Onion Dolma

Vegetarian Onion Dolma

Many vegetables can be stuffed with a mixture of rice, meat, and spices, but to me, nothing quite beats the beautiful flavors of a stuffed onion.  The sweet caramelized skin tastes so good with the spicy rice and cool yogurt.  I like to eat these warm for lunch or dinner, but always make extra to keep in the fridge so I can pop one in my mouth any time during the day.  Yes, folks.  I just reach into the fridge, grab one with my fingers, throw it into my mouth, and do a happy dance. ... Continue Reading