Americans are becoming more accustomed to bitter flavors, as evidenced by some of the food trends we’ve seen in recent years – extra dark chocolate, bitter greens like arugula and dandelion, and craft beers that are heavy on the hops. If you’ve acquired a taste for foods that lean toward bitter, you’ll want to try Baby Kale and Grapefruit Salad with Campari Vinaigrette. This is a delicious salad with mildly bitter back notes that are nicely balanced by the salty feta and the sugars in the vinegar and candied walnuts. There is only 1 tablespoon of Campari in the vinaigrette but the flavor it imparts is unmistakable.
Those of us who like pizza tend to fall into one of two camps – thick crust or thin crust. Fans of thick crust pizza tend to be bread lovers who enjoy the crust as much as the toppings. They’re the ones who eat the leftover scraps of crust that others leave on their plates. The thin crust advocates tend to be a little more passionate, espousing the virtues of their preference with great enthusiasm . They’re of the mind that the crust is simply a vehicle for the toppings and that high quality meat, cheese, and vegetables should be the highlight of the pizza – not the bread. Thin and Crispy Quinoa Crust Pizza might not satisfy the thick crust folks, but if you’re a thin crust fan looking for a gluten-free option you will definitely want to try this recipe. (more…)
I was perusing Pinterest recently and came across a bunch of recipe pins using smashed chickpeas and avocado – as in, chickpeas and avocado mashed together. There were sandwiches, salads, dips and wraps – they ALL looked scrumptious. I suspect that’s because I am in love with chickpeas and avocado and when I saw the two mixed together I thought it was pure genius. So I set about developing my own recipe using smashed chickpeas and avocado and came up with Lobster, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette. This salad tastes divine, is packed with nutritious ingredients, and its vibrant colors make for a beautiful presentation. What more could you ask for in a dish! (more…)
Here is a lightened up version of the classic Cream of Tomato Soup. The taste and texture of this soup belie its ingredients as it contains no cream. Roasted Garlic Cream of Tomato soup is thickened primarily with pureed Yukon gold potatoes and infused with sweet, mellow, roasted garlic.
Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers tastes like something you’d be served at a French bistro. Bistro food is typically simple and familiar with a hint of sophistication – rustic dishes with amazing sauces or peasant food served in an elegant or unusual way. Think slices of flank steak with shallot mustard sauce, or pommes frites (french fries) served in a silver cup. Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers would fit well alongside these dishes. Chicken breasts are marinated and then roasted in a dressing containing classic French ingredients like garlic, wine, herbs, and capers that, when combined with the roasted dates and pan juice makes a delectable sauce. (more…)
Quinoa Lace Cookies are beautiful, delicate cookies with caramel and butterscotch notes. They’re gluten free, contain no corn syrup, and are simple to prepare. You don’t need a mixer, and unlike other lace cookie recipes, this one requires no cooking on the stove top. But the best thing about these cookies is the number of unique ways they can be served. (more…)
Every winter, right around now, I start to crave a perfectly ripe summer tomato, straight from the garden, so that I can make Caprese Salad – a classic Italian dish of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Caprese Salad made with tomatoes at the peak of their ripeness is pretty close to heaven on earth. That’s why I miss it so terribly come winter. So this is my solution – Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto, a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad. Simply roast up a batch of plum tomatoes and serve them with pesto and fresh mozzarella. Roasting the tomatoes brings out their natural sweetness. They won’t be as tasty as garden fresh tomatoes but they’re a good substitute during the cold winter months. (more…)
If you’ve been searching for a good chili recipe to make on Super Bowl Sunday, you’ve found it! Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Chili with Chipotle and Chorizo is lighter than a traditional beef chili but it’s BIG on taste. It’s spicy, sweet, smoky, and utterly delicious. (more…)
If you’re an avid baker chances are you own a madeleine pan. Madeleines are petite French butter cakes that are baked in a pan with shell shaped cavities, giving them a distinctive shape. I came across my madeleine pan the other day and considered getting rid of it because I haven’t used it in so long. Perhaps as a way to justify keeping it I started pondering what else I could make using this classic French baking pan. And then it came to me – fruit and nut snack bars! I’ve aptly named these delicious, healthy treats Snack Bar Madeleines. (more…)
It’s hard to believe that a dish as simple as Chickpea Spinach Salad can be so delicious – it contains only a handful of ingredients and takes just minutes to prepare. If eating healthy is on your list of resolutions for the new year, then you’ll want to add this nutritious salad to your cooking repertoire. (more…)