• bean casserole

    Thanksgiving Bean Casserole

    Vegetarians enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving too! This bean casserole is a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, a whole lot festive – and can be made ahead.   Any vegetarians coming to your house for Thanksgiving dinner this year? How about diabetics? The traditional meal, while full of celebratory foods, is not always […]

    Nov 23, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • membrillo

    Mediterranean Monday – Make Your Own Mebrillo

    Membrillo, or quince paste, is a familiar taste treat in Spain. Last night was Spanish “dinner” night in our house. We had beautiful lemon brined olives, almonds, little pan-fried squashes, and this beautiful homemade quince paste served with Manchego cheese. By itself, the quince paste is rich and delicious. But thinly sliced and served over […]

    Nov 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Spanish tortilla

    Mediterranean Monday – Spanish Tortilla

    A Spanish style potato omelet makes a quick and easy dinner.   Sometimes I just don’t feel like grocery shopping. I know, it’s weird for someone who makes their living with food. But at heart I am a hermit, so there are times when I avoid the grocery store – sometimes for weeks on end. […]

    Oct 20, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • grilled eggplant sandwich

    Mediterranean Monday – Grilled Eggplant Sandwich

    Grilling eggplant gives it a smoky, meaty flavor.   If you think you don’t like eggplant, this is the recipe to try. It also makes a satisfying Indian summer meal. Sliced eggplant, brushed with olive oil and grilled is entirely different from eggplant in other guises. It’s so good in fact, that even the little […]

    Oct 13, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • artichoke feta spread

    Mediterranean Monday – Artichoke Feta Spread

    Combine feta, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and other Mediterranean flavors for a sandwich treat. Move over mayo! Sometimes the simplest recipes deliver the greatest flavor burst. That is true for this sandwich spread. It combines Mediterranean flavors like sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and basil into a taste treat that will make everyone forget about ever using […]

    Oct 06, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Cooking With Wine

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    Savory Red Wine Cheese Ball Recipe

    Red wine plus cream cheese equals an easy recipe, perfect as a hostess gift or holiday appetizer.   Last month I taught a Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen class using recipes from my book of the same name, plus a

    Dec 09, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

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    Cooking with Red Wine: Tips

    Do you enjoy the occasional glass of red wine? It is well known that wine, in moderation, is beneficial to heart health. But did you know that cooking with wine also provides many health (and taste!) benefits? Wine can be

    Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • black lentils

    Savory Black Lentil Side Dish

    Lentils have to be one of the most perfect foods. They come in a variety of colors and textures, they are easy to store and will last forever on the shelf, they cook much more quickly than other dried legumes

    Feb 27, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Heart Healthy

  • getting heart healthy with plant sterols

    What Are Plant Sterols?

    How do plant sterols help your heart? What Are Plant Sterols? Plant sterols are similar to animal sterols, which we know as cholesterol. However, plant sterols differ from cholesterol in two primary ways: You can only get plant sterols through

    Feb 24, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • heart healthy granola

    Heart Healthy Granola with Plant Sterols

    Heart healthy granola full of plant sterols  and antioxidants. Granola is one of those foods that should be healthy. After all, most of us were introduced to granola as a health food. But then granola became an everyday item, a

    Feb 12, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

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    How to Lower Your Genetically High Cholesterol – Step 4

    In honor of Cholesterol Awareness Month, I am updating our popular cholesterol-lowering series from a few years ago. Following a Mediterranean style diet, increasing plant sterols, increasing Omega-3s and eliminating hydrogenated fats. For me those were the easy steps to

    Sep 16, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Vegan/Vegetarian

  • bean casserole

    Thanksgiving Bean Casserole

    Vegetarians enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving too! This bean casserole is a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, a whole lot festive – and can be made ahead.   Any vegetarians coming to your house for Thanksgiving dinner this

    Nov 23, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • vegetarian chicken stir fry

    Vegetarian Orange – Chicken Stir Fry

    It’s World Vegetarian Day and the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month! That means it is the perfect time to commit to eating a healthier, less meat diet. Whether you choose to eat less meat for health reasons, to save the

    Oct 01, 2013 | 1 comment | View Post

  • sweet and sour stir-fry sauce

    Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry Sauce

    I don’t ever remember my mother making a stir-fried meal when I was growing up. Guess it just wasn’t part of the New England Puritan dinner repertoire in those days. But my husband bought me a wok before we were

    Mar 22, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Other Recent Articles

  • bubbling sourdough starter

    Keep Your Sourdough Starter Bubbling

    Lots of people who love sourdough bread don’t bother to make it themselves because they think it’s too much work to keep the starter alive. I have one friend who has a “no pets” rule in her house – and that means no sourdough starter too! But once the starter is established (see how to […]

    Jan 14, 2012 | 6 comments | View Post

  • 3 Hot Food Business Ideas

    3 Hot Food Business Ideas

    Like many people, I am a collector. But you won’t find porcelain figurines or old hub caps or even lots of shoes at my abode. Instead, I collect business ideas. Business ideas jotted down on napkins or post-its. Business ideas pulled from magazines and newspapers. Business ideas from on-line articles and printed out on scrap […]

    Jul 11, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 5 Reasons to Start a Food Business Today

    5 Reasons to Start a Food Business Today

    Americans are starting new businesses at a rapid pace these days. So fast in fact, that the IRS is being inundated with EIN (Employer Identification Number) requests. Nonetheless, this is a great time to start a business – and a food business in particular. It’s All  About the Economy – It’s every man for himself […]

    Jun 29, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • white bean salad

    Mediterranean Monday – White Bean Salad

    This Italian inspired white bean salad is simple to prepare and a welcome picnic dish.   Another Mediterranean Monday! I need this series to keep me feeling positive. As I look out the window right now it is grey, windy, and there is a thunderstorm brewing. Yes, I know they most likely have thunderstorms in […]

    Sep 29, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Mediterranean style pizza

    Mediterranean Monday – Garden Pizza

    Homemade pizza topped with zucchini, bell peppers, black olives and walnuts. Mediterranean food at its best! Are you still dealing with zucchini overload? I am. Thus I continue my quest to use zucchini in many ways. The other night it was this yummy pizza (but really, is there any such thing as a bad pizza?) […]

    Sep 22, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • zucchini tomato bread

    Golden Semolina Zucchini-Tomato Bread

    This bread deliciously combines several Mediterranean flavors, and helps get rid of zucchini overload! It’s that time of year again – zucchini season. I have been following the Mediterranean example and using zucchini in everything; zucchini pie, stuffed zucchini, zucchini pickles, even zucchini brownies. But still, the zucchini keeps coming. I have an especially prolific […]

    Aug 22, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • MIddle Eastern chopped salad

    Mediterranean Monday – Middle Eastern Chopped Salad

    This mixed vegetable salad, also known as Israeli Salad, is sure to make your “favorites” list! These Mediterranean themed weeks are becoming fast favorites in my house. Last week it was Middle Eastern Week. I had a great time making homemade pita bread, baked falafel, tahini sauce, and a variety of salads. But the best […]

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    Mar 24, 2014 | 2 comments | View Post