Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Yield: 12 tartlets INGREDIENTS 2 frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ cup finely sliced red onion ¼ cup finely sliced yellow onion 2 scallions, finely sliced 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives 1 egg 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon salt 3 ounces goat cheese   PREPARATION   Preheat […]

Navy Bean and Ham Soup

Yield: 12 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 lb navy or great northern white dried beans 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped 10 sprigs of parsley, finely chopped 2 teaspoons rosemary or thyme, finely chopped 1 bay leaf 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 2 cups of ham, chopped […]

Vermont Cheddar Cheese Soup

Perfect on a cold, winter’s day!   Yield: 6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced onion 1 cup sliced carrots 1 glove garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in cool water ¼ cup cheddar cheese […]

Broccoli and Corn Calzones

Yield:  6 Calzones   INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups chopped broccoli florets 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears or use frozen that has been cooked and drained) 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2/3 cup ricotta cheese 4 scallions, finely chopped ¼ cup chopped basil ½ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper […]

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS 1 seedless cucumber, sliced ½ small onion, thinly sliced 2 cups small tomatoes, cut into quarters ¼ cup oil and vinegar dressing, I prefer Newman’s Own Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing ½ teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Salt and freshly grated pepper to taste PREPARATION […]

Fresh Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil

Recently a friend gave us some wonderful fresh green beans from her garden.  This recipe is a great alternative to simply boiling or steaming the green beans.  They were delicious – very flavorful and with layers of flavors thanks to the wine and basil.    Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed […]

Creamy Orzo

  Orzo (OHR-zoh) – In Italian this means “barley”, but it’s actually small rice-shaped pasta, that is smaller in size than a pine nut. Orzo is ideal for soups and can be used as a substitute for rice. Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 pound orzo 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1 […]

Cream Cheese Dumplings with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

CREAM CHEESE DUMPLINGS Yield: 25-30 dumplings INGREDIENTS ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and diced 6 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 30 wonton wrappers Vegetable or canola oil PREPARATION Stir together sun-dried tomatoes, cream cheese, garlic, basil, salt […]

Toasted Walnut Salad with Green Apples and Gorgonzola Cheese

Yield: 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1-5 ounce bag mixed baby lettuces or spring greens 1 cup walnut pieces 4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 2 – Golden Delicious apples 1 tablespoon lemon juice Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Place walnut pieces on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for approximately 7-10 minutes, […]

Roasted Carrots with Dill

Yield: 3-4 Servings INGREDIENTS baby carrots – 1 ½ lb bag ¼ cup good olive oil Salt and freshly grated black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill 2 tablespoons unsalted butter PREPARATION Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Slice baby carrots on the diagonal and place them in a large bowl. Add olive […]

Classic Deviled Eggs

A staple in the summertime at picnics or BBQ’s, although really good anytime of the year. I’m not fond of pickle relish, so my recipe does not include adding relish. If you like, pickle relish can be included, approximately 1/2 teaspoon or to taste. Yield: 12 INGREDIENTS 6 eggs ¼ cup good mayonnaise ½ teaspoon […]

Caramelized Onions

These are delicious on grilled hamburgers, bratwurst or “veggie burgers” . Yield: ½ cup INGREDIENTS 2 large sweet yellow onions, I prefer Vidalia 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper PREPARATION Thinly slice the onions and separate them into rings and rough chop. In large skillet, cast iron preferred, melt […]


In the springtime, fresh asparagus is abundant and readily available in the markets. It’s a wonderful vegetable that is simple to prepare and very versatile. In addition to the standard green variety, you may also be able to find white stalks of asparagus that are grown underground and have a milder taste. You’ll also find […]

Rise e Bisi (Rice and Peas)

Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup sweet yellow onion – finely chopped 1/3 cup white wine (warmed) 2 cups fresh or frozen green peas 1-½ cups Arborio rice ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION In a large saucepan, bring the chicken […]

Squash Casserole

Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 8 cups yellow squash (cubed or sliced) ½ yellow onion – finely chopped 3 eggs – slightly beaten 1-½ cups milk 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 box stove top stuffing – chicken flavor PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of […]

Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS Alfredo Sauce 8 ounces unsalted butter 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese Freshly grated white or black pepper Ricotta Cheese Mixture 2 cups ricotta cheese 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped green onion 2 teaspoons freshly chopped […]

Oven Fries

  These are a great alternative to frozen fries. You can toss with a variety of herbs or spices. We particularly like them with chopped parsley and chipotle seasoning. Spicy and delicious! Serves 3-4 INGREDIENTS 2 russet potatoes – cut in ½ lengthwise and then cut halves lengthwise into fourths to make 16 large wedges […]

Sweet Potato Souffle with Walnuts

SWEET POTATO SOUFFLE WITH WALNUTS Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 4 cups sweet potatoes cooked and mashed 8 ounces cream cheese ½ cup unsalted butter 2 eggs beaten ¼ cup brown sugar 2 ½ tablespoons dry sherry (optional) ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup chopped walnuts ½ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible) PREPARATION With electric mixer, […]

Corn Souffle

CORN SOUFFLE Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 2 -14 oz cans of yellow cream style corn 1 cup frozen corn kernels – cooked and cooled 2 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup heavy whipping cream 1 sleeve (1/4 –pound) “unsalted tops” soda crackers – crushed ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Kosher salt and […]

Kahlua Cupcakes- Vegan Fat Free

Kahlua Fat Free Cupcakes According to my research Kahlua is vegan. Serving Size : 10 1 cup applesauce 1 1/2 cups sugar (vegan raw, your choice) 1 1/2 cups water 3 tbs. Kahlua 2 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups unbleached flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons […]