Mussels with Bacon & Rosemary in a White Wine Sauce

  Mussels are in season right now and best of all, very affordable. I purchased them at Whole Foods for $6.99 for 2 dozen mussels-not bad. So, if you are looking to prepare a fancy looking meal but not wanting to spend a fortune, buy some mussels. You can make this meal for around $10…

Southeast Asian Longan Fruit

Longan Fruit. How beautiful, dainty, exotic and sweet is this South Eastern Asian fruit? It is a hidden gem that I found in Chinatown section of New York City; sold on every street corner by the food vendors. At first glance I thought this small round brown fruit was lychee, but to my surprise it…

Roasted Beet, Fennel & Orange Salad with a Champagne Orange Vinaigrette

  Roasted beets are natures “candy” vegetable. Yes, I did say candy, but it’s not actual candy, just a sweet vegetable that your kids will love! Roasting beets, as with most vegetables brings out their natural sweetness. Makes them a lovely treat for everyone to enjoy. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and…

Eggplant Meatballs

Meatless Mondays, that seems to be the motto for Monday’s meal. But eating vegetarian at least once a week is very healthy for you too, Monday or any day you choose. Right now eggplants are in season and come in all shapes and sizes. There is no rule what eggplant you select for this recipe…

Lemongrass Red Thai Curry Coconut Chicken Soup With Rice Noodles

  In New York City you can barely walk one block without spotting a Thai restaurant. They are all over the place, and why? Well ,Thai food is simply delicious! The food is intensely regional, using enticingly, aromatic spices, herbs and proteins from their regions.They use fresh herbs,  exotic spices, shrimp, fish, chicken, pork, at…

Red Snapper in a Red Thai Chili Sauce

  Red snapper is a beautiful, pink colored, mild tasting fish that is a low-calorie, lean source of protein that is rich in vitamin A,vitamin B-12, selenium, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids, the good for your heart stuff. When you incorporate these nutrients you may significantly aid in preventing serious medical conditions and help lower…

Rustic Raspberry Tart

  It’s National Raspberry Tart Day! What a lovely and delicious holiday! And baking this fruity tart scents your home with the most enticing and aromatic scent ever—-red raspberries. Red raspberries are my favorite fruit. I remember as a child going to pick raspberries with my grandmother-such a beautiful memory. That is partly the reason…

Cheesy Rigatoni with Ground Beef in a Fresh & Healthy Tomato Sauce

    Got 12 minutes? Of course you do! That is the total time this delicious and CHEESY meal will take from start to sitting at the table to enjoy. It is packed with great flavors and also nutritious ingredients that will leave you fulfilled but not overstuffed. I added in the ground beef  for…

Chicken with Citrus & Fennel

Hosting a dinner party should always be fun and not stressful. You are surrounded by family and/or friends, eating a delicious home cooked meal, drinking wine and laughing and chatting up a storm. Life’s simple yet most memorable moments. So let’s keep it that way. A simple yet elegant dinner to serve that will fill…

Chicken Caprese Salad

  A Caprese salad, meaning “Salad of Capri” is a simple Italian salad made with fresh, sliced mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and basil seasoned with salt and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. It is made to resemble the colors of the  Italian flag and presented on a plate in a stacked manner; mozzarella cheese,…

Mussels in a Red Curry Sauce

Love seafood but hate spending an arm and a leg in restaurants? Why not make it at home and have a party?! Mussels are relatively inexpensive and they are very versatile and quick and EASY  to prepare. Here in NYC you can purchase 2 pounds of mussels for around $7.00 which will feed 2 people….