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Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Lemon Zest

Grilled yogurt chicken marinates boneless chicken breasts with yogurt and lemon. Here is an easy and simple marinade for chicken that’s especially delicious when cooked on the grill.  It combines plain Greek yogurt and lemon.  Sounds a little unusual?  Not really. Many cooks have been using dairy products, such as buttermilk, to tenderize chicken for years.  […]

Kourabiedes Greek Sugar Walnut Cookies

Kourabiedes are a Greek baked cookie with a walnut and cinnamon filling that is completely covered in powdered sugar. It wouldn’t be a holiday without some traditional Greek pastries.  I always look forward to my family gatherings, for me it’s a time to consume lots of desserts.  One of my favorites Greek pastries is a cookie called a Kourabiedes.  It’s a […]

Creamy Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Creamy rice pudding is a treat for any special occasion. Planning a special evening?  That’s always fun to do, but what to make?  Dinner is covered but you need a dessert.  Something different that will perfectly complement the great dinner you’re making.  Your criteria is simple, you want a dessert that’s unique and can be prepared in advanced.  And […]

Breaded Chicken Wings Baked in the Oven

Breaded chicken wings makes a great comfort food appetizer. If you love chicken wings then you might want to try something a little different.  My breaded chicken wings recipe is a crispy and delicious alternative to the Buffalo wings we love to eat.  You may be surprised to know that there are some key differences between […]

Baked Lemon Haddock with Herb Seasoned Croutons

Baked lemon haddock breaded with herb seasoned croutons. Dinner is ready, have you had your haddock lately?  I love haddock, and baked lemon haddock is a delicious way to enjoy these fillets.  Take plain fillets and dress them up with breading and lemon juice. You’ll note that I didn’t use just ordinary breadcrumbs for this recipe; […]

Fruit Yogurt with Mixed Berries

Flavored fruit yogurt with mixed berries makes a cool and refreshingly light dessert. I love fruit, and it adds a welcome component to any desert.  Fruit is light, refreshing, and a great way to cleanse your palate.  And sometimes it’s all you need after a successful meal, especially in warmer weather when it’s just too […]

Sliced Tomatoes on Toasted French Baguette

Sliced tomatoes with basil on toasted French baguette. I love tomatoes, especially when they are freshly home grown.  When you start with great flavor it only requires an easy recipe and a few ingredients to capture and enjoy a rich tasting experience.  My good friend Felecia shared with me a delicious appetizer idea that is sure […]

Watermelon Feta Salad with Reduced Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon feta salad with reduced balsamic dressing Cool and refreshing, colorful and vibrant, light and delicious… watermelon feta salad is sure to appeal to your dinner guests.  And why not, who doesn’t love watermelon?  It’s such a treat when fresh watermelons arrive at your local grocer; you know that summer is just around the corner.  […]

Mini Pesto Rosso Pizzas with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Mini pesto rosso pizzas combine the flavors of sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese I love pizza!  And if you feel the same way, then I have a great recipe to share with you.  First, my mini pesto rosso pizzas are very easy to prepare.  Secondly, they cook on the grill and not in your oven.  I use pocketless pitas […]

Pesto Rosso Sauce with Almonds, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Create a classic pesto rosso sauce in minutes. A pesto rosso sauce is a classic Italian spread also known as red pesto sauce.  Its main ingredient being sundried tomatoes gives this sauce both its color and taste.  In comparison, green pesto sauce derives its color and flavor from basil.  Both sauces generally contain nuts; pesto rosso […]

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless Looking for a great appetizer… maybe a small bite for brunch?  Then try my mini tomato basil quiches.  They’re just the perfect finger food for any special occasion; easy to pick up and very easy to eat.  The filling is made of tomato, basil, and chives, now surround that by custard, and you have […]

S’mores Cookies with Chocolate, Graham, and Marshmallows

S’mores Cookies served warm with melting gooey chocolate and marshmallows It’s just like being at a campfire.  Just take two graham crackers and squeeze melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows between them… Yum!  Only this is less messy, chocolate chunks and crushed graham crackers are baked into the cookie crust.  Then I topped each cookie with more chocolate chunks […]

Berry Martini Cocktail with Sugared Rim

Berry martini cocktail is a poolside pleasure A warm summer day is so welcoming.  I wish we had more days like this… but I live in the northeast.  Seasons change and soon summer will become fall; so I make the most out of every beautiful day that I can.  Many times, I enjoy days like […]

Panna Cotta Topped with Fresh Berries

Panna Cotta topped with fresh berries makes a light and tasty dessert. And sometimes that’s all you need after a full meal; a light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It’s a wonderful end to that perfect evening.  Panna Cotta is an easy dessert to prepare.  In fact, it’s even simpler to make than you […]

Baked Pesto Cod Quick and Simple

Baked pesto cod is a simple fix when you need a quick healthy meal. Sometimes you just need a simple solution for dinner; something that’s quick to prepare without compromising on taste.  Fish is a great choice because it cooks fast and its healthy.  I love eating fish and I’m always looking for new and creative ways to prepare it.   Cod is a great fish […]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a rich and tasty dessert. And that’s how a dessert should be… just the right amount of decadence for the perfect ending to a great meal.  Anyone who loves cake should always have a great carrot cake recipe on hand.  Especially when you’re looking for that little “something […]

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper is an easy way to enjoy your corn without the cob. If you love eating corn on the cob, then you’re going to love making this recipe.  Sauteed corn removes the mess of eating corn on the cob, while preserving all the flavor of fresh corn.  And isn’t that why we enjoy corn on […]

Basil Pesto Sauce with Parmesan, Romano, and Pine Nuts

Create a classic basil pesto sauce in minutes Simple and refreshing… especially when you use only the best ingredients.  Basil pesto sauce combines the aromatic flavor of basil with garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.  The two cheeses that I used for this recipe are, Parmesan and Romano, both hard cheeses that […]

Zucchini Coins with Sea Salt and Lemon

Zucchini coins are a tasty treat. Although you can’t purchase anything with these tasty coins, they certainly are worth their weight in gold!  You can’t go wrong when you invest the short amount of time it takes to make these golden treats.  All you need is one delicious organic zucchini or better yet, one you’ve […]

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies from Scratch

Homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies are a sweet treat. And why not indulge in something sweet once in a while?  Chocolate chip walnut cookies are easy to make… and with a glass of milk are a joy to eat!  This makes me feel like a kid again.  Every household should have a simple chocolate chip […]

Spinach Cheddar Quiche Made Easy

Spinach cheddar quiche is a light and flavorful meal for any time of day. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and brunch… and the same is true for a great quiche.  It makes a light lunch or dinner when you’re not interested in eating a meal that’s too heavy.  Quiches are versatile and can be prepared […]

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