Salt Potatoes Recipe With Fresh Dill and Mascarpone


I've been told I can be a tiny bit controlling in my kitchen.  It's probably true.  After all, my kitchen is my retreat. I have a bit of affection for each of my appliances and every single pot and cooking tool.Last week I had to try very hard not to steer my adorable seven-year-old son in another direction when he … [Read more...]

Avocado Zucchini Bread Recipe With Olive Oil


You know I love avocados, right?  I love them with a bit of sea salt and a spoon. I love them in salads, salsas, and sandwiches, too.  What's not to love?Well, lately avocados have been turning up in all sorts of unexpected recipes:  brownies, cakes, cookies, to name a few.  I wasn't really sold on this idea.  At … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Fuchsias and Hazelnut Praline Nutella Pie Recipe

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When I was growing up -- in the time before Nutella was sold almost everywhere -- my friend Tanja always brought jars of it home from her visits to family in Germany. She introduced me to this creamy, oh-so-delicious party in a jar!  Nutella will always bring my mind to Tanja's kitchen . . . and digging right into the … [Read more...]

Grilled Mediterranean Burger Recipe


As promised. . . here is the meat for your BBQ!The days of summer are winding down, and I want to soak them up.  I want to relish the time with my kids, friends, family, and of course . . . yummy food!It doesn't get much better than a great burger!  A big, juicy, packed-with-flavor burger!  These burgers are … [Read more...]

Tempeh Wild Rice Pesto “Burger” Recipe


On our first date, my now-husband told me he was a vegetarian.I am someone who's extremely passionate about food -- all food - and I wondered if his dietary choice would be a deal breaker!  He then said that he eats fish, dairy products, and eggs (a "Pesco" Vegetarian, if you will). Phew! I really, really liked … [Read more...]

Smoky Chipotle Parmesan French Fries


I truly appreciate your visiting my site!  If this looks delicious to you, please subscribe for my occasional emails with more great recipes, to the right of this post.  You can also follow what I'm cooking on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.One of my absolute favorite flavors in the world (right up … [Read more...]

My Seven Links


I was delighted to have  Jeanne of Jolly Tomato pass me the torch for "My Seven Links."  My Seven Links was originally started by Trip Base.  The idea is to encourage bloggers to share links to their older posts that deserve to see the light of day again, in seven categories.  The blogger selects their posts that best … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: A Special Kind of Lily and an Almond Joy Cookie Recipe {Gluten-Free}


The common name for the lily flowers I'm sharing with you today is actually Naked Ladies. Naked Ladies don't usually bring my mind to food -- rather, to an amazing trip to Big Sur, California I took with my husband -- then suitor ;-).These pretty pink flowers were popping up here, there, and everywhere!  They were … [Read more...]

Silvia’s Summer Seafood Paella


As you know, we recently took a family vacation to New York.  We planned the trip around the wedding of our close friends, Ed and Danielle.  The wedding was at Danielle's family home in Woodstock, and it was gorgeous!  I could write forever about all the exciting details of the fun wedding -- but, for now I'm focusing … [Read more...]

Eating Gluten-Free in New York (Plus a Very Cute Kitchen Timer!)

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It's been a very busy cooking weekend for me, but before sharing my recipes, I want to share some quick take-aways from our trip to New York.If you've been keeping up with me, you know my 7-year-old son has Celiac Disease and therefore will be a gluten-free eater for the rest of his life.  The only time I really … [Read more...]