Ratatouille Style Shakshuka

Ratatouille Style Shakshuka

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provencal style stewed vegetable dish. It is usually served as a side dish with dinner, but is also used in breakfast and lunch settings.  It consists mainly of Tomatoes, onion, zucchini, eggplant, peppers & herbs like herbes de Provence. It is typically prepared as a stew of squash, with each vegetable being sautéed separately before being layered into a baking dish and baked. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in tomatoes, chile peppers & cumin. It is of Tunisan and Moroccan Jewish origin. It is very easy to prepare and makes a…
Golden Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho

Golden Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho

During the summer months you crave meals that are light and refreshing. Nothing fits the bill for that better than Gazpacho soup! Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and it is served cold. It originated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It is widely eaten in Spain and Portugal, particularly during the hot summers because it is so refreshing and cool. This is a version of Gazpacho that adds watermelon to the soup along with the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. I happened to have a golden one which made the soup…
Chilled Crab & Avocado Soup

Chilled Crab & Avocado Soup

It has been so hot on the East Coast this past week that I was inspired to make a nice cold soup for dinner. This crab & avocado soup was so simple to make, yet it was so delicious. If you love avocado, lime & crab like I do - you can't lose with this soup! It is served chilled & creamy and is perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day. I bought a can of lump crab meat at the market and went from there. I did a little online searching for…
Simple Berry Compote

Simple Berry Compote

A compote is simply a dessert made of fresh fruit cooked in syrup - or sweetener. The amount and kind of of sweetener used is a personal choice. It is very easy to make and only takes about ten minutes to do. All you need is fresh fruit! I got the idea to do this because I had picked up a big container of blueberries and some blackberries from the farmer's market. I knew I wouldn't be able to use that much up in the next few days. Cooking them reduces them down…
Roasted Tomatoes & Some Ways To Use Them

Roasted Tomatoes & Some Ways To Use Them

This time of year, if you are lucky enough to have a garden, your tomatoes are probably all ripening at once! It is difficult to use them all up if you just add them to salads. Roasting tomatoes is a wonderful way to bring out their flavor and condense them, and it is really simple to do. First cut them in half and put them on a flat baking dish, cut side up. Add a few peeled garlic cloves cut in half, as well as strips of fresh basil leaves. (I used a…