Summer is just around the corner and what better way to enjoy it then preparing a colorful and delicious salad? With the abundance of gorgeous summer vegetables available from your garden or farmers' market, now is the time to make salads. This one features tuna tossed with a light homemade dressing, fresh herbs, green onions, radishes, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
If you love strawberries and bananas, you will be delighted with this refreshing smoothie. It's a delicious and healthy drink for breakfast that is full of protein and antioxidants. Strawberries are naturally sweet and bananas are creamy and rich which adds an extra smooth texture to the drink.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Deviled eggs are a classic and traditional favorite in both American and European cultures. They are the perfect appetizer for parties, holidays and summer picnics. Deviled eggs have a rich and creamy filling which is delicious and just melts in your mouth!
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Panna Cotta (cooked cream) is a rich and luxurious Italian dessert. It's the simplest of desserts - a softly set pudding that, at its most elemental, is made with milk, cream, sugar, and gelatin. I paired this delicious treat with raspberry coulis which gives it a refreshing flavor.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ciulama is a traditional Romanian dish that is very popular in Easter Europe cuisine. It's prepared from poultry or mushrooms in a white sauce and it's often served with polenta. I reinterpreted this dish using chicken drumsticks and mushrooms in a rich creamy sauce. The result was hearty and delicious!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sometimes the most flavorful dishes are the easiest. Oven baked trout with roasted Brussels sprouts is definitely one of them. It's a healthy and light choice for dinner which requires little preparation and time.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Invented in Naples, Italy, pizza has since become very popular in many parts of the world. There are many varieties of pizza and a diverse range of ingredients and toppings to choose from. Pizza Margherita has a thin, crisp crust and is topped with fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil and basil which shows off the colors of the Italian flag. It's a wonderful summer treat to be shared with your loved ones!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Great anytime, this pork tenderloin has a delightful peppercorn garlic crust. It's moist, tender and full of flavor. Paired with blanched asparagus and oven baked potatoes it's a savory choice for lunch or dinner. The dish is also simple enough for a weekday supper but tasty enough for company.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Whole wheat bread has a wonderful flavor, texture and aroma. Slices have a chewy texture with a deep nutty flavor of wheat. What makes this bread so amazing is that it stays soft and fresh for days after it has been baked!
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Strawberries and rhubarb are in season in this period so why not using them to create a delicious jam which will be just perfect for winter? The flavor combination is very balanced, while strawberries are sweet and succulent, rhubarb is tart and tangy. Paired together in a beautiful jam, they taste delightful and refreshing!
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Creamy asparagus soup is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh and healthy vegetables offered by spring. The vibrant green color of this soup makes it as beautiful as it is delicious and is perfect for this time of year. It’s full of the fresh flavor of spring asparagus, with added texture and richness from potatoes and a touch of cream.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ravioli are traditional in Italian cuisine and loved around the world due to their versatility and flavor. The ravioli filling, made with ricotta, Parmesan, chopped spinach and nutmeg plays a key role in this recipe, with each ingredient contributing something different to the overall flavor: ricotta provides richness and creaminess and spinach is responsible for the savory side. The accompanying sauce is prepared using sauteed mushrooms with garlic and cream.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Chocolate brownies are a typical American dessert that is considered a cross between a cookie and a cake. They are dense, rich and packed full of chocolate and the smell of freshly baked brownies is just heavenly. Enjoy them warm with a cup of milk or a hot steaming coffee for a delicious morning or afternoon treat!