Cauliflower Crust Pizza on Dr. Oz

Basic Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I love pizza but the dough…. not so much. Cheesy cauliflower crust is literally one of the best things I’ve discovered recently. I made the pizza several times with a few variations. The way I like it best is chock full of veggies including mushrooms and onions. Some people add cheese to the actual crust…

Parsnip Chips

Crispy Parsnip Chips

When most of us think about chips we rarely think about parsnips. As an Irish lady, I love my root veggies. Parsnips, surprisingly, make a great chip. This recipe makes a delicious snack or side dish, especially during cool winter months. Before I grew up on the Jersey Shore and became accustomed to boardwalk French fries,…

Coconut Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Coconut Pumpkin Soup

It was during a recent visit back to New Jersey and New York City that I was inspired to make a wholesome and comforting fall soup to complement the lovely season.

Green Bubble Tea Recipe

Green Bubble Tea

I tasted bubble tea for the first time at a small cafe in Hoboken, New Jersey about five years ago. I loved it. I haven’t tasted it since. After a friend inspired me to make my own bubble tea, I decided to experiment. I’ve spent the last several days getting to know tapioca pearls and…

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

At the farmers’ market the other day, I picked up a few beautiful Rosa Bianca eggplants. They are Italian, small in size, and tender. Their color is amazing – bright purple hues with marbled white mixed in. They are known for their mildly delicious taste.

CHOCOLATE FIG SMOOTHIE

Chocolate Fig Smoothie

I am in the mood for something sweet. Is it chocolate craving? Is it something else? My mind is on chocolate. I eye up the fresh figs on my kitchen counter that I picked up at the farmers’ market. Hmm. I’ve never had chocolate and fig together. I’ve also never added fig to a smoothie…

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon is the perfect ingredient for a sweeter-style salsa, especially in the midst of summer. The two star ingredients in this salsa, though, are really the spicy Padrón pepper and the mint. The pepper adds a nice punch and the mint gives it complexity and pairs so well with sweet watermelon. Most Padrón peppers fall…

Extend the Life of Your Fruits & Veggies

How to Extend the Life of Produce

Proper storage is key to keeping fruits and veggies fresher longer and saving food dollars. Some produce is best stored in the refrigerator, some is best stored on the kitchen counter for extended shelf life. While writing this article, I picked up a few tips on storing produce. For example, I wasn’t aware that I should…

Fresh Watermelon Coolers

Fresh Watermelon Coolers

For my sixth birthday, my mom threw me a pink and green-themed birthday party, my two favorite colors at the time. Watermelon fit in nicely with this theme. My mother gathered napkins, plates, cups and goody bags featuring watermelons. I got my first big-girl bike that year, a big sea-foam green bike with light pink…

How to Keep Your Man Healthy

How to Keep Your Man Healthy

As part of National Men’s Health Week, the California Department of Public Health has highlighted the top health tips to keep men healthy. “Men have an average life expectancy of almost six years less than women,” said CDPH Director Dr. Mark Horton. “By emphasizing the importance of education, physical fitness and disease prevention, we can…

ON EATING MINDFULLY

How to Eat More Mindfully

Rather than focus on what to eat and what not to eat, I thought I would briefly discuss how to eat. Have you ever eaten a plate of food and felt like you never really tasted a bite? Either the food was really awful or you suffered ‘eating amnesia,’ a complete disconnect from the food…

Spring Clean Your Kitchen

How to Tidy Up the Kitchen: A Checklist

In order to be a good couples cook, you need to tidy up that kitchen! Perhaps your kitchen is already pretty tidy, but if it’s not and you’re looking for some gentle guidance, I’ve got you covered. Work on checking off items in the checklist below, a little bit at a time, and you’ll be in…