Salad With Eggplant Cream

This wonderful salad is refreshingly pale green with a mix of textures from the creamy dressing to...

Small Plates

Beet Apple Crostini With Arugula and Cheese

Beet Apple Crostini With Arugula and Cheese

Crostini are easy to make and open to so many variations. Get creative in the kitchen. I made these Beet Apple Crostini with thin slices of red beets, honeycrisp apple, arugula, and Fontina cheese. I drizzled on top a dressing I made from orange juice, olive oil and...

Aubergine Caviar – French Eggplant Dip

Aubergine Caviar – French Eggplant Dip

I first had this tasty appetizer in a French restaurant in Los Angeles, California. They called it Aubergine Caviar, which I learned is an eggplant dip from the Mediterranean region of France. It's packed with flavor, but the recipe is very simple. Here is a fun fact...

Russian Dressing

Russian Dressing

Flavorful Russian dressing can be used on salads or as a condiment on sandwiches. You may recognize it as the spread used on Reuben sandwiches. Despite its name, it is actually an American concoction. According to lore, the original recipe contained caviar, which is...

Main Courses

Shakshuka – Eggs Cooked in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Shakshuka – Eggs Cooked in Spicy Tomato Sauce

This egg dish makes a wonderful breakfast or a hearty breakfast-for-dinner option. Shakshuka originated in Tunisia but has become a popular breakfast dish all around the Mediterranean region. The eggs are cooked in a chunky, spicy tomato sauce, along with a sweet bell...

Cream of Chicken Soup

Cream of Chicken Soup

As we transition to autumn, and the weather begins to get cooler, I'm starting to think about soups. Soup is so easy to make from scratch. I was in the mood for the flavor of chicken soup but I wanted a creamier, filling soup that could be a complete meal. I made this...

Penne alla Vodka – A Hot and Creamy Blush Sauce

Penne alla Vodka – A Hot and Creamy Blush Sauce

I first had Penne alla Vodka in a restaurant called Lasagna on Second Avenue in New York City. They made it with rigatoni instead of penne and they added hot Italian sausage. I was a vegetarian at the time so I always asked them to leave out the sausage, although the...

Desserts

Watermelon with Campari – A Cool Adult Summer Treat

Watermelon with Campari – A Cool Adult Summer Treat

If you’re looking for a cool take on summer melon, here’s an adult bittersweet tasty treat that’s easy to make and fun to eat. All you need is a watermelon, a melon-baller and a bottle of Campari. Watermelon with Campari is a sophisticated dessert to serve at your...

Rustic Peach Pie – A Summer Favorite

Rustic Peach Pie – A Summer Favorite

Southern New Jersey is known for its delicious peaches. This year has been a particularly brilliant crop. The weather has been perfect, and the peaches are simply delectable. You can buy them by the peck, half-peck, or individually at the local farm market. I have so...

Lifestyle

I Wrote a Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

I Wrote a Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

I wrote a Mediterranean diet cookbook! It’s been months in the making, but I can finally tell you all about my cookbook, The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking. This book is huge. It is over 300 pages, and contains 200 tasty recipes all written and tested by me....

Holiday Gift Guide for Mediterranean Diet Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide for Mediterranean Diet Lovers

It's that time of year when we are searching for holiday gifts while at the same time are starting to think about our New Year's resolutions. Our holiday gift guide for Mediterranean diet lovers can solve both problems. The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest...

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

The Mediterranean diet pyramid, as you can see in the picture above, puts emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, herbs, spices, and healthy fats, especially extra virgin olive oil. These foods should be consumed every day. A traditional...