Arugula and Red Onion Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Serves: 6 Roasted chickpeas add protein, flavor, texture, and color to this simple salad. Ingredients List 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt, plus more to taste 1/2 … Read More

Asian Beef and Mushroom Burgers

Asian Beef and Mushroom Burgers: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 pounds ground beef (80/20) 3 tablespoons Ponzu sauce 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons minced … Read More

summer produce

What to Do with All That Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomatoes… An Embarrassment of Summer Produce Riches

Every year, right around this time, a surge of stories about what to do with that overabundance of summer produce hit the airwaves.  And why?  Because we are all trying to figure out to do with the embarrassment of riches … Read More

Herbed Roasted and Raw Tomato Salsa with Olives

Herbed Roasted and Raw Tomato Salsa with Olives

This salsa combines the best layering of tomato flavors – some are roasted, some uncooked, so it has freshness and depth together. Makes 2 ½ cups 1 cup red cherry tomatoes 1 cup yellow cherry (or teardrop) tomatoes 5 plum … Read More

Bruschetta Appetizer Spread for Memorial Day

A Bruschetta Appetizer Spread for Memorial Day

Crostini, bruschetta….What the heck is the difference anyway? Glad you asked. Bruschetta (pronounced broo-sket-ta], which translates to “a little burnt thing” in Italian, is a crusty slab of grilled or toasted country bread, usually rubbed with garlic, brushed with olive … Read More

Crunchy Chewy Granola

How to Get Yourself Breakfast in Bed on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 14th.  If you already know that your significant other and offspring are planning a celebratory extravaganza for you, you should find something else to read.  For the rest of us, a bit of gentle nudging … Read More

grilled pepper crostini

Grilled Pepper Crostini

You can use red, yellow or orange peppers here, or a combination for a beautiful and inviting summer appetizer platter.  A Tangerine Paloma cocktail is the perfect sunny accompaniment. Makes 24 crostini Ingredients: 2 red bell peppers 1/4 cup plus … Read More

Black Bean and Sour Cream Dip

Serve this with tortilla chips and a margarita for Cinco de Mayo! A sprinkle of sliced scallions on top adds nice color. Ingredients List  1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon chili … Read More

5 Guacamole Twists You Won’t Want to Miss For Cinco De Mayo!

It’s Cinco De Mayo so you know there will be two things on the menu. 1) Margaritas, and 2) Guacamole. If you have your Bibo, the margarita part is well-covered. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with a straight … Read More

Avocado Crema Dip

Avocado Crema Dip Makes: 1 1/2 cup  This is so smooth and creamy, and the prettiest pale green.  Match it up with a Cucumber Melon Cooler to keep the green theme going.  Add a pinch of cayenne or chili powder if you … Read More