INGREDIENTS 3 organic heirloom tomatoes, ripe, chopped one-third cup fresh basil, chopped 3 cloves garlic or 3 Trader Joe's frozen squares of garlic 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 good squirt of extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and pepper to taste Half a fresh baguette, sliced thin My . . .
It's really not so hard to eat healthy, and it's pleasurable, too. When I saw King salmon on sale the other day I had an idea for a delicious, easy grilled salmon meal. So I bought a slab big enough for two. From the refrigerator I took out low-sodium soy sauce. Then I grabbed some of . . .
Comfort food for Sicilians is pasta with tomato sauce. And in a time like this, when the things that have happened in the world, our country, our city, our block, become too much to handle, we Sicilians head for the kitchen. Because losing ourselves in the routine of chopping, measuring, simmering . . .
The weather is already warming up in many parts of the United States, and that means long, lazy days on the patio, summer picnics and of course, refreshing cold drinks to keep us hydrated. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the same old beverages, so I set out to find some tasty new . . .
I'm always looking for something different and simple to make for company or to contribute to a potluck. Paging through my recipe file, I found a few interesting side dishes, and they were the springboard for a great new recipe of my own. I made this delicious summer salad for a Memorial Day weekend . . .
The Chipotle CEO said the other day that he'd never seen anything as disgusting as McDonald's chicken farm. No details, though. The experience was the catalyst behind his move to make ingredients organic, sustainable, locally sourced, "whenever possible." It's true that these massive meat and . . .
The first time I tasted Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt I couldn’t believe how delicious it was, and how satisfying. How could something so creamily yummy have so few calories? Or so much protein? Each of the 20+ unique flavors was as mouth-watering as the last. Regular yogurt has always been a meal . . .
If there's one thing we had an overload of on our recent Danube River cruise, it was apple strudel. Oh, do the Austrians and Germans love the stuff. And so does my husband. It's not my favorite dessert, but it's definitely a crowd please and because of that, on board ship our chef gave a . . .
I wouldn't have minded, really, it would have been fun--but no, we didn't make it. We did get to watch the Family Simon show us the making gingerbread process, as well as a nifty trick to making an Advent wreath. We had Papa Simon, Grown Son Simon, and I think the Advent wreath maker was . . .
Thanksgiving traditions die hard, don't they? My husband's a traditionalist and for the most part, he wants his traditional holiday dishes. But this year, I'm making a chestnut stuffing for the first time and he's excited about it. I'm all for tradition, but it's fun to shake things up a bit, too. . . .