Longevity Soup

According to Dan Buettner, who wrote the Blue Zones books, in Sardinia and Ikaria they eat some...

Small Plates

Creamy Italian Dressing

Creamy Italian Dressing

When I was growing up, we always finished our dinner with a salad. My mother made a bowl of salad and we passed it around at the end of our meal. She usually made her own Italian dressing out of red wine vinegar, oil, and a little salt and pepper. Nothing fancy. And...

Harissa (Hot Chili Pepper Paste)

Harissa (Hot Chili Pepper Paste)

Harissa is a spicy North African paste made with roasted red bell peppers mixed with hot peppers and lots of spices.  You can use this paste as a condiment, or add a spoonful to ground beef. Rub it on fish or chicken before roasting. Use it as a marinade. Mix a...

Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa

Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa

On football Sunday we're always looking for healthy snacks. Restaurant-style tomato salsa has all good ingredients that are Mediterranean diet friendly. Tortilla chips aren't the healthiest choice, but what are you going to do. This website is called "mostly"...

Main Courses

Longevity Soup

Longevity Soup

According to Dan Buettner, who wrote the Blue Zones books, in Sardinia and Ikaria they eat some version of a minestrone soup every day. He calls this Longevity Soup. The Blue Zones are areas of the world that have the largest populations of people who live to be over...

Marinated Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Marinated Roasted Vegetable Pasta

This Marinated Roasted Vegetable Pasta dish is a great way to use up vegetables in your fridge that are on their way out. Don't waste food. Roast the veggies, add a zesty marinade, and serve tossed with pasta. I had a small eggplant, yellow squash, and zucchini that...

Mediterranean Flounder

Mediterranean Flounder

Flounder isn't the first fish that comes to mind when thinking about the Mediterranean diet. But wild-caught flounder has many nutritional benefits. This Mediterranean Flounder recipe is sure to become a favorite. Flounder is a healthy saltwater fish with a mild...

Desserts

Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes

I love making cupcakes. They’re so cute and fun to decorate. And cleanup is so easy because you line the pan with colorful little papers. Strawberries are coming into their peak season, so let's make some cute, little pink strawberry cupcakes. Nigella Lawson has the...

Pear Crisp

Pear Crisp

Pear crisp is a classic dessert that is both easy to make and fairly healthy. It's a great way to use up ripe pears. The filling is made with fresh pears, brown sugar, and spices, and the topping is made with oats, flour, brown sugar, and walnuts. It's easy to prepare...

Classic Italian Olive Oil Cake

Classic Italian Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil helps create a lovely moist cake with a crispy coating. Classic Italian Olive Oil Cake is wonderful served with mixed fresh berries and a little whipped cream. We used Grand Marnier liqueur in this recipe to add a hint of orange flavor. You can use any...

Lifestyle

How To Clean and Store Strawberries

How To Clean and Store Strawberries

Strawberries are coming into their peak flavor at this time of year. The best way to clean strawberries — or any berries — is to fill a large bowl with cool water, place the berries in a colander and dip them in the water bath. This helps to prevent bruising on the...

Upside Down Martini

Upside Down Martini

Love the look of a martini but can’t deal with all that gin? Here’s one of our favorite cocktail recipes that reverses the ingredients. Introducing the Upside Down Martini. Credit for this concoction goes to Dale DeGroff, a.k.a. King Cocktail. Mr. DeGroff is one of...

How To Save Money When Food Shopping

How To Save Money When Food Shopping

Food is outrageously expensive right now. I’m sure you’re feeling the pain at the checkout counter. We all are. I’m going to give you some tips to save money food shopping that do not involve clipping coupons or living off instant ramen noodles — although you can do...