Shaved Brussel Sprout & Kale Caesar Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprout & Kale Caesar Salad

This is an easy, crunchy salad that substitutes thinly sliced brussel sprouts and chopped kale for the romaine that is normally used in a caesar salad. The ingredients, along with chick peas makes it exceptionally healthy because of the nutritional properties in brussel sprouts and kale. Ingredients for the salad: (serves 2-4) * 2-3 cups of thinly sliced  brussel sprouts * 2 cups of chopped kale * 1 cup of drained garbanzo beans (lightly sauteed in a little olive oil and tossed with smoked paprika) * 1/2 cup of shaved or grated reggiano…
Strawberry Puff Pastry Triangles

Strawberry Puff Pastry Triangles

It never hurts to keep a box of frozen puff pastry in the freezer, just in case you need to whip up a quick dessert for family or guests! Having puff pastry on hand makes it so easy to make a special treat, especially if you have some fresh fruit.  Your dessert will look so much more complicated and impressive than it really is! All you need to do is thaw out the frozen pastry for about an hour before you plan to start. Once the dough is just thawed gently unroll it…
Deviled Eggs with Minced Vegetables and Cornichons

Deviled Eggs with Minced Vegetables and Cornichons

I have always loved deviled eggs and yet I don't make them nearly enough! When my children were young, I used to make them at Easter as a way to use up all the dyed eggs they made. Deviled eggs are really very easy to make and you don't even need an exact recipe. So in honor of Easter, I hard boiled some eggs and made a nice batch of deviled eggs. (I really enjoyed them!)  I spruced mine up with colorful minced vegetables (chopped into very small bits), and finely chopped cornichon…
Baked Zucchini Fries with Fresh Herbs

Baked Zucchini Fries with Fresh Herbs

Sometimes I buy produce at the grocery store just because it looks good.  Then I get home and I am not quite sure what to do with it. That is when my research begins, and in this case it was what to do with baby zucchini. There were lots of good zucchini recipes online which looked good...but then I saw a few recipes for zucchini fries that caught my eye.  (I am a sucker for fries of any kind!) So I made my own version by adding fresh herbs. Here is how you…
Gado Gado with Colorful Vegetables

Gado Gado with Colorful Vegetables

Gado Gado is an Indonesian Salad consisting of lightly blanched or steamed vegetables, hard boiled eggs & tofu (or tempeh) - all drizzled with a creamy peanut dressing. I had never actually tasted it until this past weekend when visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Boston. They are great cooks and are always experimenting with exotic ethic dishes. They served us Gado Gado and it was so delicious that I decided to try it myself and put it on the blog. I did a little research first and I noticed that most of…