Ground Turkey with Butternut Squash and Penne Pasta

This is  butternut squash season, so please do enjoy! This tasty, sweet, colorful and healthy squash is in abundance this time of the year. Just walk into any grocery store or Farmers market and there is squash everywhere. How can one resist these beautiful and tasty veggies? Butternut squash is packed with so many nutrients…

Roasted Root Vegetables With Almonds and Mint

  Sometimes eating vegetables is not an easy task for many people. Whenever they hear the word “vegetables” they turn their noses up in the air and make a gross face. But vegetables do not have to be gross or tasteless. It’s all in the preparation and variety. If you cook them properly, meaning they…

My Own Happy Meal!

Today in New York City we are getting ready for a huge snow storm, about 2 feet. To me, having lived in different parts of the world and the USA, 2 feet is not the end of the world, just a typical winter storm. But, since we are told to stay indoors until possibly Wednesday,…

Whole Roasted Citrus Chicken with Herbes de Provence Seasoning

It is Saturday evening, the weather is blistery cold outside and you are feeling like just kicking back either watching some television, taking a soothing bubble bath or reading a good book. Maybe you have the fireplace on or are snuggling on the sofa drinking a glass of wine. Now I know you don’t feel…

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp With Watermelon And Basil

It’s in the high 80’s and you don’t really feel like cooking anything that will create much heat in the kitchen  but you still want something nutritious, and great tasting. Hmm, what shall you make? How about some prosciutto (Italian ham)wrapped shrimp served with a cool and refreshing watermelon and basil? You get both savory…

Refreshing Cucumber Hummus Hors D’oeuvres

This is such an easy treat to prepare and fun to make with children. Since cucumbers are packed with water and electrolytes, this is also very refreshing. Did you know that cucumbers are packed with minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium? These minerals help our bodies regulate the sodium in our bodies, aid…

Shrimp with Fresh Asparagus and Strawberry Tomatoes served over Arugula

Gorgeous Strawberry Tomatoes One of the pleasures of cooking is finding the perfect ingredients. For me, going to the grocery and the farmers market is like a child going to a toy store, it’s exciting! I always enjoy finding beautiful, fresh ingredients, especially the vegetables. Knowing that they taste delicious, all by themselves or paired…

Bruschetta

Every time I make Bruschetta, it reminds me of Positano, Spring, fresh, blooming flowers, a warm breeze and a lazy afternoon. That’s what beautiful food does, it just takes me away to some beautiful, relaxing place. (In my mind, that is). These are such delicious complimentary flavors, extra virgin olive oil, aged Parmesan Cheese, fresh,…

Baked Vegetable Chips

The essential ingredients. All organic, red and orange beets, golden and purple potatoes. Finished Beauties We all love chips, but let’s face it, no one can not eat just one. But with all of the saturated fat, preservatives and high salt content,  those chips settle onto our belly and hips. So, in order to still…

Baked Clams With Chorizo

Are you missing summer with its’ warm weather, swimming in a pool or beautiful ocean waters, and enjoying great food on the barbecue? Well, this should help out, at least for the food. This is a delicious and light meal to make on the grill, but when it is 30 degrees outside, you will have…

Grilled Flank Steak With Salsa Verde

If you are looking for a lean cut of beef, you need to try some flank steak. This is a very low fat, high flavor meat. You just need to provide some sort of marinade to make it very tender because of the lack of fat. A 3 ounce serving has a mere 160 calories…

Rosemary Garlic Dipping Oil

This is my second time I have baked bread, so I decided to make a delicious dipping oil to compliment the bread. Since I added fresh rosemary to the bread (recipe posted on blog under “Boule” bread) I thought a rosemary garlic oil would be great to dip pieces of the warm bread into. I…