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This Summer Salad with a Citrusy Kick Is Simple Perfection

This Summer Salad with a Citrusy Kick Is Simple Perfection

With Spring coming early for many of us we are starting to think about our garden plans for the growing season. Well make sure you plant plenty of kale, cauliflower, broccoli and summer squash because this will be a Summer salad you will serve over and over again. There is nothing more fulfilling than visiting your garden and picking the freshest vegetables possible for your dinner menu. Without question, the addition of the salt-cured lemon slices to this recipe is what elevates it from...

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Inspired By Mexico

I have always been a lover of mushrooms … mushrooms of all kinds but I have to say my favorite mushroom is the Portobello mushroom. Portobello mushrooms can be used in so many different ways … sauted, grilled or baked … geez you name it and they can do it. I especially love grilling a Portobello mushroom and eating it like you would a hamburger. In fact, I rarely eat regular hamburgers anymore I always opt for a juicy Portobello mushroom burger these days....

Have You Seen This Vegetable Spiral Slicer? This Is Awesome!

Have You Seen This Vegetable Spiral Slicer? This Is Awesome!

You may have noticed in my last few recipes I mention using a spiral slicer to make veggie noodles. I thought I’d do a product review on the one I love and use often to give you a better idea as to how to use it and what a vegetable spiral slicer actually is. These handy and versatile gadgets make it easy to create delicious, nutritious dishes your entire family will love. Before you know it, you’ll replace traditional pasta noodles...

Cucumber Noodles with Pesto

Cucumber Noodles with Pesto

This super easy cucumber recipe is a great way to savor the delicious, natural flavors of fresh cucumber, basil, garlic, and toasted pine nuts. Cucumber Noodles with Pesto is great on its own, as a lovely side dish, with your favorite cut of meat or topped with shrimp or salmon. I love to make a batch of this to keep in the refrigerator for a refreshing yet filling lunch. It also pairs nicely with my Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps especially on those days when you’re looking for...

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps: Easy Lunch Idea

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I’m always trying to come up with some super easy lunch ideas. When you work from home, having to take a break from a project your working on just to make yourself lunch usually equates to skipping lunch all together or snacking on something we all know we shouldn’t be snacking on. That is why I make it a point to take a few hours on Sunday to do prep work in the kitchen for weekday lunches and suppers. Cutting...

Daikon Noodle Soup with Mushrooms & Onion

Daikon Noodle Soup with Mushrooms & Onion

Did you do a bit of over-indulging this holiday season? I know I did! So, I decided I would share my all time favorite recipe to help detoxify your body and aide in digestion. This wonderful soup contains daikon root which is a mild-flavored winter radish popular in Japanese cuisine.  Here, Daikon root takes center stage because it is the perfect choice for detoxifying your body and with its high concentration of Vitamin C it’s the perfect partner for your immune...

Does Fermentation Really Boost Your Immune System?

Does Fermentation Really Boost Your Immune System?

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Charleston Farmer’s Market at Marion Square. I was speaking to quite a few of the vendors but one vendor particularly stood out. His name is Ken Jaimes from Kenchi Ferments. Ken was such a nice man and very knowledgeable in the field of fermentation. I sampled two of his Kenchi’s; Mustard Kale Kenchi and Orange Coriander Kenchi. Each Kenchi was equally delicious and really satisfied my palate for tart, tangy...

Sugo alla Bolognese (Italian Meat Sauce)

Sugo alla Bolognese (Italian Meat Sauce)

The Italians wrote the book on comfort foods and this Italian Meat Sauce should be a staple in your kitchen. This recipe makes a large amount of meaty sauce so make sure you get out your 6 quart Dutch oven .You can bring this Italian Meat Sauce to a new level by preparing it a few days in advance to give the flavors a chance to mingle. Another beautiful thing about this recipe is it holds up perfectly in the freezer so you can have Italian Meat Sauce ready...

Butternut Squash with Apples & Spicy Italian Sausage

Butternut Squash With Apples & Spicy Italian Sausage

There was a time when Mr. R would not touch Butternut Squash … until this recipe came into his life! He now asks me every Fall to please put this recipe in our dinner rotation! There are many stuffed squash recipes but they are usually more on the sweet side than the savory but not this one. The combination of spicy sausage, meaty Portobello mushrooms, sweet apples and crunchy walnuts give this recipe a flavor profile like no other! I’m sure...

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini (Mushroom Risotto)

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini Mushroom Risotto

This mushroom risotto is an authentic Milanese recipe with the exception of the use of Carnaroli rice. I substituted the Carnaroli with Arborio because the cost of Carnaroli can be a bit pricey. However, Arborio rice still delivers the coveted rich, creamy texture that is indicative of an authentic risotto beautifully without the expense of Carnaroli . Please promise me you will not be tempted to substitute other forms of rice because they will not deliver that creamy texture you’re looking...