Pineapple Mango Habanera Salmon

A few years back up in Napa, my mother bought a jar of Pineapple Mango Habanara. I couldn’t remember where she got it or what the brand name was, but I set about duplicating it and then used it with salmon. The combination is unbelievably good

Lemonade Cake

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade cake! Lemon has been a long time favorite cake flavor whether chiffon, pound, layered, or this delicious sheet cake. It’s the perfect bring along for any summer get together and you’ll love the bold, tart flavor and the simplicity

White Pizza Dip

Looking for a dip to bring to an Oscars Viewing Party this weekend? This White Pizza Dip is always a hit as it has all the flavors you love with pizza (and you can add any topping you like on your pizza as well, inside or on the side.)  Oven roasting tomatoes is a great way to bring out the flavor

The Perfect Breakfast

I recently had the pleasure of a consultation with Gelson’s Staff Dietitian, Jessica Siegel, MPH, RD. For those of you who are shoppers at Gelson’s you might recognize her recipes in the Deli Counter like her delicious Kale Salad or you may follow her online to see shopping suggestions

Perfect Every Time Turkey Gravy

Forget about lumps, this is a no fail gravy taught to me by a chef from the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC. He cooked his gravy right in the pan that he had roasted his turkey in, but you can make this in a pot too. The bay leaves and the fresh thyme add a depth of flavor, but it’s the cooking of the roux until it’s toasty that makes this brilliant.

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Soup

This soup is fantastic. And seriously the hardest thing about it is peeling and cutting the butternut squash–buy that already cubed and you’re almost done. The original recipe called for garam masala spice, but as I didn’t have it on hand, I opted for massaman curry paste. Massaman curry was picked as #1 in CNN’s 50 Best Foods of the World.

Shrimp Mousse Appetizer

A mold?! I know. But I have been looking for this recipe for years and finally came across it. I went to a few holiday parties in the neighborhood I grew up in back in the day, and they used to serve this delicious dip. I asked my friend for the recipe, but he always said it was a family secret. Well, the secret is out and I’m sharing.

Stuffing vs. Dressing

So which is it? Well, traditionally, if it’s stuffed inside the bird it’s stuffing and if it’s baked outside it’s dressing. But that also changes as to where you are geographically: in the south it’s dressing no matter where it’s cooked, and in New England it’s stuffing

Butternut Squash, Sage, and Parmesan Pasties

There’s a great website called thekitchn.com and every recipe on it’s pages looks and sounds delicious. This is one that is sure to become a seasonal favorite for all of you butternut squash eaters. Filled with hearty vegetables, it’s perfect for appetizers or paired with a soup for dinner.

Thomas Keller Bat Oreo Cookies

Okay, a recent study of Oreo Cookies found that in rats they are as addictive as cocaine…of course they activate the pleasure center! They’re delicious! And this Halloween recipe by renown chef Thomas Keller takes them from merely delicious to spectacular. Wahahahaha…make them if you DARE…

Kale and Potato Au Gratin

Kale is a trending food of late because of it’s enormous health benefits (high in iron, vitamins K/A/C, full of powerful antioxidants and full of omega-3 fatty acids) and delicious taste. Add that to the comfort of potatoes with equally impressive health benefits when not fried (full of iron, vitamins C/B6 and lots of fiber) and you have a hearty and healthy fall dish. Here’s two approaches to the same dish:

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash & Onion Pasta with Sage

When it comes to butternut squash in the fall, my tastebuds are beside themselves.  There’s no way I don’t love it–mashed like potatoes, inside a ravioli, even butternut squash pancakes. This is a recipe I made last weekend