Easy Apple Tart with Bourbon Whipped Cream


My forte has never been baking desserts, so I always look for easy recipes that I can pull together at the last minute. Going through my stash of recipes that I’ve ripped out over the years from cooking magazines, I came across one from Martha Stewart Everyday Food for Rustic Apple Tart. I think after 3 years of subscribing to that magazine, …


Tropical Rice


Tropical Rice makes you feel like you’re on vacation…coconut, pineapples, macadamia nuts. When I want to serve something a little fancier than just plain rice, but don’t to dirty my wok to make fried rice, this is what I make…


Creamy Corn Soup, Healthy and Organic


This soup is creamy and rich, yet only uses low-fat milk. The secret is to extract as much of the milky, creamy substance from the corn kernels. I also use a couple slices of natural bacon, crumbled as garnish. This gives a smoky flavor to the soup without going overboard on the fat or feeling deprived! …


Roast Split Chicken with Lemony Artichoke Sauce


I don’t know about you, but cooking a chunk of meat larger than the size of my head sometimes intimidates me. How do I get the thing to cook evenly? Do I need to rotate it? Breast side up or down? Will it implode like Clark Griswold’s turkey on Christmas Vacation? Ah, I have the perfect recipe for you..the chicken …


Zucchini “Spaghetti”


For all the low-carb fans, here is a great recipe. (come to think of it, I think the low-carb fad has come and gone, because I really don’t know anyone on a low-carb diet anymore) Anyways, its still a fun recipe nonetheless. Zucchini is cut into super-thin strips resembling …


My Favorite 30-Minute Spaghetti


When I only have 30 minutes to make dinner, this is a favorite to make. The secret to great sauce is to use 1 teaspoon of sugar in the sauce. The sugar softens out the bite of the tomatoes, and yields a rounder, less acidic, and more mellow tomato flavor. I also use Italian crushed tomatoes labeled “San Marzano” – the flesh is thicker and richer tasting …


Smoky Hummus with Baked Tortilla Chips


After that luxurious hamburger dinner last night, I needed to feel healthy today. I had some leftover corn tortillas and pantry ingredients to make a spicy hummus. The kids love it too! The Smoky Hummus recipe includes a spice blend from www.spice-appeal.com called “Vindaloo” – its an Indian spice blend that contains mustard seeds, cumin seeds, …


Gorgonzola Stuffed Hamburgers


(a.k.a “The best damn burgers you’ll ever have”) Once you taste these burgers, you’ll never order from a restaurant again. Once you serve these burgers, your friends and family will never want any other kind! Hamburgers are so easy to make, but there are a few secrets that make this the best burger ever….


Barefoot Contessa’s Tiramisu


If the food gods could create the most perfect dessert, it would combine my three favorite ingredients: espresso, chocolate and dark rum. Surprisingly, Tiramisu is very easy to make, especially since it sounds so fancy and costs $8.95 at an Italian restaurant. If you don’t have an espresso maker, you can just brew super-strong coffee or even use instant …


Chinese Long Beans


The other day, I stopped by Sweetbay Supermarket by my home and found a bunch of Chinese Long Beans. They come in long bundles – typically they are 12″ – 30″ long, hence the nickname, “Yard Long Beans.” The best tasting Chinese Long Beans are young, 12″ – 16″ long. Purchase beans that have no black spots, flexible but not limp …


Healthy Chinese Chicken Soup


I’m cooking once a week for a friend whose family is on a No-gluten, No-sugar, No-soy diet, All-organic diet. Their little 4 yr old daughter has cancer. They are going in this diet to try to prolong her life as much as possible. Sugar feeds cancer, and the Soy interferes with her medication. Fermented soy (soy sauce) is ok, so I’m saved by Organic Tamari! Agave is a sugar derived from a cactus plant …

Moroccan Grilled Shrimp & Vegetable Skewers


I purchase my spices at www.spice-appeal.com. Their spices are high quality and come in beautiful containers. The spice blends are my favorite – a teaspoon totally transforms a dish from ordinary exotic. For these skewers, I used Ras El-Hanout, a Moroccan blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, rosebuds, pepper, ginger, allspice, turmeric, cloves, cardamom …