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…
Summer Frittata with Vegetables

Summer Frittata with Vegetables

When I am out of ideas about what to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner, my "go to" meal is a frittata. It is simple, satisfying and a healthy meal. All you need are eggs, vegetables and cheese! I used six eggs for this frittata, and about 1/4 cup of milk. I whisked them together and seasoned with salt & pepper. Use whatever vegetables you have around, in as many colors as possible! In my fridge I found a red potato, some sweet peppers, a purple cauliflower and heirloom tomatoes. I also had some…
My Favorite Savory Toast Toppers

My Favorite Savory Toast Toppers

You can make some great savory toast toppers using vegetables, herbs and cheese. (In Italy these are referred to as crostino or bruschetta.) They can be substantial enough to be a meal in themselves for lunch or dinner. Any kind of bread will work - from a sliced baguette to pita bread, to a gluten free version. How you slice or cut it can make a difference in the way it looks. I like to toast or grill the bread first, and then place the topping on it. Sometimes I saute the vegetables…
Cinco de Mayo Huevos Rancheros

Cinco de Mayo Huevos Rancheros

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration held on May 5th. My father lived in Mexico when he was a child, and my grandparents spent their whole lives there. I have many fond memories of our trips to visit them when I was a child. As you can imagine, Mexican food has always been an important cuisine in my family - and one of my dad's favorite meals to make was Huevos Rancheros - which I loved! Here is my version of Huevos Rancheros with an even healthier twist. First I made a…
Spring Succotash

Spring Succotash

Succotash is kind of an old fashioned vegetable dish that is a mix of corn and lima beans. But now that lima beans and fava beans are making a comeback, I thought it would be nice to create a more "updated version" adding more colorful vegetables in my succotash. Spring Succotash blanch in boiling water - then immerse in ice water: 2 cups of frozen lima beans 1 cup of frozen edamame Chop into small pieces: 1 cup of chopped red pepper 1 cup of chopped carrots 1/2 cup of chopped red onion…