Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Fall is a time for everything apple. The cooler temperatures just beg for a kitchen to be filled with the inviting and delicious aroma of apples being baked into mile high apple pies, apple bundt cakes, and cinnamon apple muffins. I hopped on the apple bandwagon over the weekend a baked up an apple filled treat for my family and a few friends of my kids that happen by my kitchen. While working at a gourmet market about 10 years ago, I was continually developing seasonally recipes for the cookies, bars, cakes, and...

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Chunky Summer Vegetable and Bean Chili

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Chunky Summer Vegetable and Bean Chili

Chunky Summer Vegetable and Bean Chili

Summer gardens are bursting with fresh produce. Over the next few weeks, farm stands, backyard gardens, and grocery store produce shelves will be overflowing with zucchinis, yellow squashes, a rainbow of peppers, and crisp sweet corn on the cob. Undoubtedly, family and friends dropping by for a visit, and neighbors will extend invitations to impromptu gatherings spent lingering on decks and patios. Make a brimming pot of Chunky Summer Vegetable and Bean Chili to share and celebrate the bounty of produce of the...

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Greek Stuffed Peppers with Farro

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Entrees, Make ahead, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Greek Stuffed Peppers with Farro

Greek Stuffed Peppers with Farro

The holidays are a season of eating.  Whether it is sugary Christmas cookies or the endless buffet of baked honey glazed ham, twice baked potatoes, and triple cheese stuffed shells, many of the festivities center around a dizzying array of holiday fare.  After a couple weeks of splurging on food and drink, the start of a new year is a good time to think about revamping your daily diet. The New Year is a natural time for a fresh start.  Renewed interests in exercise along with adopting a healthy approach to...

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Summer Slaw

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Cooking video, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Summer Slaw

Summer Slaw

Looking for a side dish recipe to perk up a lackluster dinner?  Add a spark to your meal with my recipe for Summer Slaw. The salad contains a rainbow of colors and is loaded with a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits tossed with a sweet and tangy dressing. As alternative to traditional cole slaw, Summer Slaw includes tender baby spinach, tart apples, red onion, shredded green cabbage, plump Jersey blueberries, and crunchy sunflower seeds combined with a homemade honey Dijon dressing. With ingredients that you...

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Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Breakfast, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie

Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie

It does not matter how many times some recipes are made; they are always a welcome sight around the dinner table.  Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie is one such recipe that I know my family and friends love.  So much so that I make 2 pies to ensure I have a leftover slice or two in the refrigerator for a late night snack or quick lunch.  The pie screams of summer with verdant zucchini, parsley and oregano fresh from a farmers’ market or backyard garden and baked with creamy cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and fresh...

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Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts

Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts

The summer months are a time for cookouts, picnics, and impromptu parties.  Instead of preparing one of the old picnic standby dishes such as potato salad, cole slaw, or fruit salad for your next party, shake up the menu with something new.  Reach for a new ingredient to many pantries and prepare a cool and fruity Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts. Even though quinoa is a seed, it is often used interchangeably with grains.   The versatile ingredient can be substituted in recipes that call for barley,...

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