Grilled Kale

Ingredients 2 bunches kale 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt Directions Prepare a grill, preferably with some chunks of maple or oak thrown on the fire, on medium heat. Rinse the kale and pat it completely dry. Strip away and discard the stems from the kale. Tear the leaves into large bite-size pieces (large […]

Celery Mushroom Rice Medley

Ingredients 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1/4 cup butter, cubed 2-1/2 cups cooked rice 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage Pinch pepper Directions In a large skillet, saute onion, celery, mushrooms and green pepper in butter until tender, about 8 minutes. […]

Eggplant baked with tomato sauce

Ingredients For the tomato sauce: 1 medium onion, chopped coarsely 3 large, ripe, juicy tomatoes, chopped coarsely 3 garlic cloves, peeled 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt or to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 cup water 1 bay leaf 1 sprig fresh oregano herb or 1/2 teaspoon […]

Green Beans with Corn Cherry Tomatoes and Onion

Ingredients 3 cups fresh corn kernels (3 to 4 ears) Kosher salt 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half diagonally 1 small red onion, cut in half through the root end, root trimmed, and cut lengthwise into very thin slices 1 clove garlic 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar; more to taste 1/3 cup […]

Apricot-Glazed Green Beans

Ingredients 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 3-inch pieces 1/3 cup apricot preserves 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions Place beans in a steamer basket in a saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 7-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the preserves, […]

Green Beans with Hazelnuts Gorgonzola

Ingredients 2 pounds green beans, stem ends trimmed 2 tablespoons nut oil, such as hazelnut, almond, or walnut 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar Coarse salt and ground pepper 2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 cup roasted blanched hazelnuts, coarsely chopped Directions Steam green beans until crisp-tender, 4 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a […]

Lemon Risotto

I like to entertain on the weekends, enjoying the company of family and friends in my home, but, like everyone else, often, I’m pressed for time. I want to serve a home-cooked meal, but don’t want to spend a lot of time getting it from the kitchen to the table. For winter and spring months, […]

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan Reggiano

As a kid, I remember having cauliflower as a side dish with dinner. It was steamed and then garnished with American cheese or Velveeta and a little salt and pepper. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized that there were other ways to prepare cauliflower which were still tasty, and maybe even […]

Roasted Tomato & Fennel Soup

One of my favorite recipes for tomato soup includes roasted fennel, which gives the soup a warm and rustic flavor. The caramelized tomatoes and fennel add a bit of sweetness and depth, bringing out the natural sugars of both of these ingredients. What I like most about this soup is that it has a flavor […]

Roasted Fennel with Italian Vinaigrette

One of my favorite salad recipes brings crisp romaine, plump tomatoes, sliced red onion, and roasted fennel, tossed together in a homemade vinaigrette dressing. It’s always a hit with family and friends because it’s a fun departure from the traditional salads because of the roasted fennel. The vinaigrette is easily made when you use a […]

Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Red Peppers

Red Bell peppers are a colorful and flavorful way to include a vegetable side in your next dinner recipe rotation. This recipe pairs the peppers with broccoli rabe, another interesting twist on the ordinary vegetable offerings. Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Red Peppers 2 large red bell peppers 2 1/2 pounds broccoli rabe (about 3 large […]

Pick a Pepper

One of the most popular ways to enjoy bell peppers is to roast them. You’ve probably seen dishes like fettuccini¬†with roasted red pepper cream sauce, or an appetizer of roasted red peppers with goat cheese on crostini. To roast the peppers, wash and dry them. Heat your grill to high. Take the peppers and place […]

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