Homemade Potato Gnocchi

This potato gnocchi was one of the dishes I learned to make at the Villa Ida cooking school in Sorrento, Italy. A primo is the first course in an Italian meal. Pasta, such as risotto, polenta and gnocchi, is the typical dish served for this course. We learned that potato dough is a frequent choice for fresh pasta because it does not need to dry before cooking. It is fairly easy to make and so satisfying, both in taste and in the knowledge that you made it yourself. ...more

Whole Grain Danish Pastry

Whole Grain Fruit Danish PastryWhen I asked my husband what he wanted for Father’s Day his reply was, “Pastries from Monica’s.” On our recent trip to Italy, my husband walked to Monica’s pastry shop almost every day. He had to get there early or his favorite breakfast treats were gone.  Everything in this pastry shop was delicious....more

Peach Basil Sorbet

Fresh Peach and Basil SorbetTechnically, summer arrived on Saturday June 21st at 6:51 am. EDT. After the snowy winter and the wet spring that has enveloped the northeastern part of the US, I am crossing my fingers that summer will actually descend upon us....more

Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon CurdThere is something about coconut cupcakes that remind me of Easter. They do look a little like nests if you let your imagination soar. Also, it’s probably because my grandmother would make coconut cupcakes for Easter. She dyed the coconut green, sprinkled it on top of the vanilla icing and put colorful jelly beans in the nest. All her grandchildren thought they were wonderful and they were....more

Scallop Tartlets with Mixed Greens

 My husband and I enjoy seafood very much, and we are fortunate to have a great seafood market that has a large selection of fresh fish.Here are some tips that will help you buy the freshest fish available. If you are buying a whole fish:...more

Hot Cross Buns

 Hot Cross BunsThe hot cross bun is made from rich yeast dough that is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg or mace and contains raisins or currants. In Christian households, this bun, whose cross symbolizes the crucifixion, is typically eaten throughout the Lenten season.There are some interesting superstitions about hot cross buns....more
Karen Ballum   These are not difficult to make, most of the time is spent letting the dough ...more

Shrimp Jambalaya

Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.” ~ Mitch Hedberg JambalayaYears ago, my husband was on a business trip to New Orleans. It was the first time he had visited the city, and he tried jambalaya. He loved it so much that he brought home a well-known box mix for me to make jambalaya at home. For a long time, this was our go to mix....more

Lemon Cornmeal Poundcake with Blueberry Compote

“Cake is happiness!  If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!” ~C. JoyBell C.Lemon Cornmeal Pound CakeOver the weekend, I was longing for something slightly sweet. I didn’t want anything over the top, and with just the two of us eating it, I didn’t want anything big....more

Artificial Sweeteners - Are They Safe?

Artificial Sweeteners – Are They Safe?March 21, 2014...more

Whole Grain Apple Filled Bars

Whole Grain Fruit BarsMy son- in- law is a firefighter, which means most days he has very long hours. He likes plain food with little to no sauce. Right now, you are probably thinking about all the fabulous cooking that occurs in firehouses across the country. Well, not every fireman is a great chef. To fill in the gaps, when the food is less than desirable, my son-in-law often eats pre-packaged grain bars....more