Mushroom Risotto

  Everyone has their own version of comfort food, but Mushroom Risotto is one of mine. It’s creamy, nutritious, comforting and delicious! And making this is also very calming. You stir, mix and add fragrant ingredients and then enjoy a magnificent meal. This risotto is packed with so much flavor from all of the fresh…

Pear & Almond Tart with Fig Glaze

I enjoy baking especially around the holidays. It is such a great time of the year and it’s the perfect weather to turn your oven on and allow the aroma of baked goods to scent your home! If you follow my blog, which I hope you do, I usually bake with fruit or chocolate ingredients….

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Seeds & Crispy Sage Leaves

It’s Autumn, a beautiful time of the year. The time for cooler weather, wearing sweaters,  snuggling near the fireplace, shopping at your local farmers market and enjoying the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. It’s also a great reason to eat more delicious and warm soup. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you can prepare…

French Apple Tart

It’s that time of the year for fresh, crisp, sweet, tart and juicy apples. It’s Fall or Autumn season, depending on your word preference, the coziest time of the year. It is apple picking time and pumpkin picking time. A time to celebrate and enjoy the weekends with our loved ones in nature. Apple picking…

Oatmeal, Banana, Cranberry Cookies

So, you are trying to eat healthier but all you can think about is a cookie. Who hasn’t?They are everywhere! On TV, in magazines, on billboards, grocery stores, bakeries and even your children’s books. (Hello Cookie Monster)Cookies, cookies, cookies!!!! It’s as if you were hypnotized to think about cookies all day! There is no escape….

Red & French Green Lentil Burgers

  Are you trying to go meatless but turn your nose up at the thought? Thinking it won’t be satisfying or taste great? Hmmmm, well, I assure you that this recipe will make you a huge fan and not even miss the meat burger. May I introduce you to the amazing lentil burger? It is…

Have a Safe and Fun Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend is “The beginning of Summer”, the kickoff to summer. But let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day-a day on which those who died in active military duty are remembered. The symbol of the white rose is of peace, sympathy and spirituality. It’s a symbol of honor to our heroes who have…

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…