Eau De Vie Julie Anne Seafood Risotto

Last year I was honored with a limited edition bottle of grappa named after me, and Simini Catering in Turin, Italy very kindly sent me a case to sample. I don’t drink alcohol, but I do cook with it, and today I finally got around… Keep Reading »

A First for the First Dinner of the Decade

 When Nick rang to wish Tatjana a Happy New Year, he let it slip that Tatjana is actually a really good cook. I have no doubt this is a skill she was hiding from me deliberately because she loves for me to make all her old… Keep Reading »

Veggies & The Plain Jane Rut

Did you know that half your dinner plate should be nutrient dense vegetables? Not only is that how we get the majority share of our daily vitamin and mineral requirements, many vegetables are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, super low in calories and full of fiber… Keep Reading »

Roasted Sweet & Sour Chicken with Roast Vegetables

This all-in-one pan dinner (gotta love that) is an American twist on baked chicken and the Chinese classic dish. The sauce serves adds tons of flavor, plus it keeps the chicken moist and succulent…. Keep Reading »

Honey Mustard Grilled Chopped Vegetable Salad

Beat the summer heat with a delicious grilled chopped vegetable salad. I usually like to double the vegetables I’m making as a side dish  for one meal to do double duty for another. The trick is to only cook the vegetables until they’re crisp-tender, retaining… Keep Reading »

Yellow Squash & Zucchini “Angel Hair” Pesto

This fast and easy recipe may require a mandolin and a food processor, but not only does it taste like summer – it’s a no cooking necessary recipe. Perfect for sweltering summer days and nights…. Keep Reading »

Parmesan Zucchini Custard

Deceivingly simple to make, yet elegant to serve, this is another kid and adult alike favorite. Perfect for holiday entertaining, because you can so easily increase the servings by multiplying the ingredients and using a larger casserole dish. Experiment with various herbs and spices if… Keep Reading »

Tex Mex Zucchini & Potato Hash

Crunchy on the outside, soft and hash brown like texture on the inside. This is a delicious, but sneaky way of convincing both big and little mouths to start eating more green vegetables.
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Simple Grilled Vegetables

I love making a huge batch of these vegetables up at the beginning of the week to snack on and provide a quick and healthy side dish to any grilled meat, poultry, or seafood I throw on the grill for dinner during the week. Switch… Keep Reading »

Sugar Free

I am totally grooving on how good I feel with no sugar or sweeteners other than fresh fruit. Apart from the odd detox headache, and a little passing brain fog, I’m already seeing enormous benefits. Before you shout “not another health oriented post”, it’s only… Keep Reading »