Side Dishes
Herbed Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Herbed Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

  One bite of my Herbed Lentil Salad will send your palate on a journey to France. My favorite lentil salad is perfect for a spring or summertime picnic and loaded with fresh herbs, crunchy walnuts, and creamy goat cheese. This rustic and earthy vegetarian dish...

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Every dinner table needs a plate of beautifully roasted vegetables to serve alongside the main course. You don't have to get fancy about it. With a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and fresh cracked black pepper, you'll have a healthy side dish ready in 15 minutes. Roasted...

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Every home cook has their secret trick to making roasted potatoes perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. My Roasted Rosemary Potatoes will have your whole kitchen filled with the aroma of fresh herbs in no time. I have two tricks for you that will...

Parmesan Polenta

Parmesan Polenta

  Parmesan Polenta 3½ cups chicken or vegetable stock1 bay leafSaltFreshly ground black pepper1 cup polenta4 tablespoons unsalted butter½ cup grated ParmesanChives, finely chopped for garnish In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the stock with the bay...

Strawberry Risotto

Strawberry Risotto

  Strawberry Risotto 2 cups chicken stock2 unsalted butter½ yellow onion, finely chopped½ cup arborio rice½ cup Nicole Miller Rosé Wine½ cup mashed strawberries2 tablespoons heavy creamSaltFreshly ground white pepperFresh basil leaves Pour the stock into a pot...

New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad

New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad

  New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, picked over, see Note6 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil5 tablespoons white wine vinegar1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce1¼ teaspoons Tabasco Pepper Sauce2 garlic cloves, peeled and...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Walnut Butter

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Walnut Butter

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Walnut Butter ⅔ cup chopped toasted walnuts4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened3 tablespoons genuine maple syrupsaltFreshly ground black pepper2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed2 tablespoons canola oil Position a rack in the...

Polenta-Crusted Deep Dish Cheese and Vegetable Tart

Polenta-Crusted Deep Dish Cheese and Vegetable Tart

  Polenta-Crusted Deep-Dish Cheese and Roasted Vegetable Tart 1 medium eggplant, about 1 pound, cut lengthwise into ¾-inch-thick slices2 large portobello mushroom caps, about ¾-pound total3 fresh plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and seeded6 tablespoons olive...

Three-Cheese Pasta Gratin with Mushrooms and Radicchio

Three-Cheese Pasta Gratin with Mushrooms and Radicchio

      Three-Cheese Pasta Gratin 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus butter for the baking dish 4  garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 pound 3 large) portobello mushrooms, stem ends trimmed, cut into ½-inch chunks Salt 1...

Corn Bread, Mushroom and Toasted Pecan Stuffing

Corn Bread, Mushroom and Toasted Pecan Stuffing

  Corn Bread, Mushroom and Toasted Pecan Stuffing 6 tablespoons (3/4) stick unsalted butter, plus softened butter for the baking dish2 cups chopped yellow onion1 cup finely chopped celery1 cup finely chopped carrot3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced3 tablespoons...

Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions with Bacon

Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions with Bacon

Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions with Bacon 1 pound brussels sprouts1/4 cup balsamic vinegar6 ounces thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon, medium dice (about 6-8 slices)8 ounces pearl onions, peeled2 tablespoons olive oil1 teaspoon saltPinch of freshly...

Sweet and Sour Glazed Shallots

Sweet and Sour Glazed Shallots

Sexy is an understatement when it comes this easy, sweet-and-sour condiment. A quick braise in the saucepan and these shallots become melt-in-your-mouth tender. Add these sweet-and-sour shallots on top of your grilled meats, salads, bruschetta, or anything else you...

A CREAMY FALL RISOTTO THAT’LL WARM YOU RIGHT UP

A CREAMY FALL RISOTTO THAT’LL WARM YOU RIGHT UP

Ah, risotto. It's one of my favorite comfort food dishes to make! I first learned how to make risotto from the one and only Lidia Bastianich at her east side flagship restaurant Felidia. Lidia taught me the importance of toasting the rice beforehand and how critical...

REDISCOVERING MY LOVE for ACORN SQUASH

REDISCOVERING MY LOVE for ACORN SQUASH

Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash 1 acorn squash 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 teaspoons cumin 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the acorn squash in half (top to bottom) and slice half moons...

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Soul-Warming Decadence   This recipe is from the Flavors cookbook, and the real secret is — butter and cream! This dish is so rich and creamy that I definitely wouldn't recommend it more than a couple of times a year! It's the perfect complement to your holiday...

MARK’S BABY CLAM SAUCE with SPAGHETTI

MARK’S BABY CLAM SAUCE with SPAGHETTI

Spaghetti alle Vongole It's not just fun to say! This pasta dish is fun to eat with friends and family--like the Italians love to do! Celebrate the flavors of the ocean with this easy and addictive version of some popular seaside fare. Learn from the Best! You don't...

CAPRI-INSPIRED SPAGHETTI with LEMON and OLIVE OIL

CAPRI-INSPIRED SPAGHETTI with LEMON and OLIVE OIL

Kitchen, Take me Away! Have you ever used food to take you away? Or perhaps to bring you back? Have you ever cooked up a meal to help transport you back to a place you love? Well I recently did that. My husband and I go to Capri most summers, but we didn’t make it...

SPAGHETTI al LIMONE

SPAGHETTI al LIMONE

With the rain beating down in New York City, a beach day was a far away fantasy. A dream! I craved the sun and citrus of my favorite Italian Island, Capri. Luckily, the Smitten Kitchen had me covered with this simple recipe of Spaghetti with Lemon and Olive oil. After...

COLD NOODLE and VEGETABLE SALAD with SESAME-SOY DRESSING

COLD NOODLE and VEGETABLE SALAD with SESAME-SOY DRESSING

This is a bomb of umami! In other words: pure delicious! You may never order in again...or at least not for a while. Cold Noodle with Vegetable Salad with Sesame-Soy Dressing Cold Noodle Salad 3 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 pound fresh snow peas, trimmed and stringed 18...

AWARD-WORTHY COOKING

AWARD-WORTHY COOKING

Not only is it winter, but it's awards season! Just another excuse for me to stay indoors more--cooking for my friends and family! I have long been a fan of Sunday Suppers, so having a watch party is the prefect way to share some of these cooking experiments with...

Garden Herb New Potato Salad

Garden Herb New Potato Salad

I love a great potato salad! But, so often people assume that it has to smothered in mayonnaise or another fat, in order to taste good. But, when you've got a beautiful garden of fresh herbs at your fingertips, this couldn't be further from the truth! The beauty of...

Savory Butternut Squash & Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding

Savory Butternut Squash & Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding

I wanted to try something new to substitute for stuffing this year, so I turned to a savory bread pudding instead. This is a really beautiful twist on the tradition, making use of the colors and fragrances of the season. It will fill your kitchen with intense mushroom...

The Perfect Healthy Spring Pasta Primavera!

The Perfect Healthy Spring Pasta Primavera!

Having survived my first brutal winter in NYC, in 1977, I remember being so relieved when the magnolia tree outside my window started blooming its deep pink blossoms. I was a single girl in NYC living in the West Village. I had very little money, and I was happy when...

Sick and Still Singing!

Sick and Still Singing!

Last week was one of those weeks. It started off with a bang when I went to Tony Robbins birthday bash and launch of his new book, Unshakable. My week slid downhill from there. I was so tired, achy, headachy and boom, there I was in bed the rest of the week. Sick sick...

The Noodles That Keep You Skinny!

The Noodles That Keep You Skinny!

I’m always looking for ways to cut the carbs! Aren’t we all? I love bread and pasta but I try not to eat them too often, except when I’m in France or Italy! With all the new research out today, we have learned that cutting carbs and sugar is the way to reduce...

Pernod-Scented Artichokes with Black Olive Aioli

Pernod-Scented Artichokes with Black Olive Aioli

  Pernod-Scented Artichokes with Black Olive Aioli Pernod-Scented Artichokes 4 large artichokes 2 cups white wine 1 small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 lemon, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, peeled and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon...

Homemade Udon Noodles

Homemade Udon Noodles

Udon Noodles Stir Fry I have a huge brag! This week I wrapped up the online video cooking school called Rouxbe and I graduated with my plant based course certificate. I received my chef certificate many years ago from the New York Restaurant School but this course was...

CHICKPEA THREE WAYS

CHICKPEA THREE WAYS

Recently I have started cooking and experimenting more with healthy vegetarian food.  I love learning new recipes and decided that after my detox last year that I would eat vegetarian for at least 2 meals a day and sometimes 3 meals.  This is called a Flexitarian Diet...

Italian Chickpea Stew

Italian Chickpea Stew

This recipe is perfect for a winter day, or to make for daily lunch's. Instead of sitting at your office thinking about which seamless place looks better, make this on a Sunday night and bulk it up for the whole week. It's easy to add protein to this recipe, and work...

Confetti Spaghetti!

Confetti Spaghetti!

Zucchini and Summer Squash is available all year long, and I'm still picking them from my garden. Thus, I've been experimenting lately with summer squash recipes. Usually, I like to grill it up to go with my fish or steak, or in a salad. But I found a new way to use...

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