Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Crostata

This recipe is my favorite go-to appetizer. It’s easy to make, it can be made in advance, and it’s impressive. Between the buttery dough and the fresh vegetables & herbs, the flavors are hard to resist. There are almost never any leftovers when I serve this at a party.  It can be served as one…

Greek Farro with Tzatziki Ranch

With Memorial Day around the corner, we will be entering into the start of the cold-grain salad season. Potato and pasta salads are key staples for summer BBQs. I am a huge fan of both, but sometimes it’s fun to serve something unexpected. This dish is made with Farro, which is an ancient whole grain,…

Gruyere Spinach Quiche

We had house guest the other weekend, and in preparation for their arrival, I made breakfast in advance. For those who know me, they are very aware of the fact that I am not a morning person. So the more I can get done prior to the AM hours, the better. This quiche is the…

Carrot Ginger Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of soup?  This Carrot Ginger Soup is not only packed with delicious flavor, it’s good for you. So as we’re transitioning from winter into spring (hopefully), this soup is great to serve for both lunch and dinner. This dish can also be made FODMAP friendly by…

Wisconsin Wedding Soup

With my wedding fast approaching, I thought it only fitting to have something delicious and comforting already made in the refrigerator after a day of busy wedding planning. What’s better than Italian Wedding soup?! Not much, unless you give it twist to fit you’re wedding, of course! Since I’m marrying a Wisconsinite, I decided to…

Summer Fig Salad

Sometimes just a simple salad with fresh ingredients makes the best meal. Add roasted chicken for a more substantial dish. Enjoy! Ingredients Mixed Baby Green and Kale Fresh Figs, quartered Shaved Parmesan Cheese Sliced Almonds Fresh Dill Champagne Vinaigrette In a large bowl, add the mixed greens, shaved parmesan, sliced almonds, and fresh dill. Add…

Lemon Asparagus Herbed Quinoa

One of my most favorite summer activities is family boat dinners. We all prep dinner in advance and pack a picnic basket… and of course a wine basket as well! This quinoa salad is served room temperature, which is ideal for a warm evening out on the boat. Ingredients 1 Cup Quinoa 1 bunch Asparagus,…

Gingered “Sushi” Salad

If you were to ask my friends where I eat the most during the week, it would be our local sushi restaurant. And if you were to ask our server there what I always order with my sushi, it would be a side of ginger dressing. I’m obsessed with it. No matter what roll we…

Garden Green Guac Bagel

Below my office is a great little juice bar that I frequent often. As their business grew, they were encouraged by their patrons to start carrying healthy lunch items. I had ventured down one day and they had just added healthy grain bagels to the menu. The girl behind the counter and I looked over…

Smoked Salmon Arugula Salad

I used to be intimidated to be in charge of making the salad. Seems silly, but it’s the truth. When I first started cooking, I often found my salads to be bland. Especially compared to my Mom’s salads (people talk about her salads). One night I was helping my Mom put dinner together, and I…

Garden Basil Pesto

Nothing quite says “Welcome Spring” like homemade pesto. Right from the blooming garden, freshly picked basil packs full flavor of the warmer months. Pesto can seem intimidating, but it’s just about finding the balance of ingredients and blending them all together! Adjust to your taste, and have fun with it! Ingredients 2 Cups Fresh Basil…

Broccoli Crunch Salad

When it comes to power foods, Broccoli is one at the top of the list. Especially raw broccoli. It is high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and is known to have anti-cancer benefits. And if broccoli were to ever have a fan club, my Mom would be the president. I’m not sure a day has…