The “New” Hamptons Cottage

The “New” Hamptons Cottage

Several years ago we bought a little cottage in the Hamptons. It was a great get-away place to spend summers and weekends - (just a few hours drive from Manhattan). We were so taken by the charming one acre backyard (which we knick-named "The Secret Garden") - that we overlooked the fact that there were only two bedrooms... After a few years of trying to squeeze everyone in when my children came to visit, we finally decided to add an addition to the house. The addition turned into a "teardown"..and before we knew…
Zucchini Fritters with Yogurt Dill Topping

Zucchini Fritters with Yogurt Dill Topping

Last weekend I went to Boston to visit my son Ryan, his wife Nomi and my two beautiful grandkids. Both of them are Mediterranean food lovers, as well as wonderful cooks who are always experimenting with new recipes. They served Zucchini Fritters were really delicious and looked fairly easy to make, so when I got back home I decided to try making them myself. (I would recommend doubling the recipe if you are making them for more than two people) Zucchini Fritters & Yogurt Topping (makes four fritters) Here are the ingredients  for the…
Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Roasted Yams & Herbs

Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Roasted Yams & Herbs

This is an easy and savory recipe that is perfect for autumn. In our family we are always looking for good vegetable side dishes to the turkey at Thanksgiving. I think these stuffed portobello mushrooms could be one that would work. Or make it as a side dish the next day to compliment the turkey leftovers. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Roasted Yams & Herbs * makes 4 servings 4 large portobello mushroom caps Yams (2 medium or 4 very small ones) chopped 2-3 shallots finely chopped Coat with olive oil and toss around.…
Roasted Winter Squash & Apple Soup

Roasted Winter Squash & Apple Soup

This time of year there are so many beautiful types of winter squash available at the farmer's markets that is it hard to know which to choose. Butternut tends to make the best soup, and with the cooler weather I always get in the mood for soup. So I found a squash at the market that looked like a butternut with a slightly different color. I looked it up and saw that it was a Sucrine du Berry which has a deep rich dark orange color and moist flesh and great flavor. I…
Stir Fry Veggies and Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Stir Fry Veggies and Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Do you ever get a craving for cold sesame noodles? When I was pregnant with my second child, Mac (many years ago!) that was one of my cravings for some reason. I guess it was the sweet & sour thing, but I remember longing for cold sesame noodles in those days! I would send my husband off at all hours for a run to a Chinese takeout place whenever it would hit. Even now I sometimes get in the mood for that tangy, peanut butter flavor. This ginger peanut sauce really satisfies that…
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