With so many apples and oranges in peak season right now, making sweet sangria with these fruits and winter-inspired spices is perfect for the holidays.
I had a delicious salad recently made by my friend Donna that was positively outstanding. I love all salads, but once in a while it’s nice to have just a simple salad made with crisp lettuce tossed in a light vinaigrette. This lettuce salad hit that craving for me. Continue reading Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese
Sugar? In a vinaigrette? What? Is that what you are thinking? These days when so many of us are trying to minimize sugar in as many dishes as we can, to see old-fashioned sugar being used in a vinaigrette – it’s let’s just say – it’s sweet. I recently had a delectable lettuce salad that my friend Donna made with sweet sugar vinaigrette. Interestingly, sugar makes this vinaigrette very light, unlike honey, agave nectar or maple syrup that can add extra color and flavor. Sugar on the other hand just dissolves into the vinaigrette adding just a bit of sweetness that is very refreshing. Try it! Continue reading Sugar & Shallot Vinaigrette
Urban Jungle. Living and Styling with Plants by Igod Josifovic & Judith De Graff is a wonderful book on indoor plants. This is a great book for some of us who are looking for creative ways to use plants in our home decor. With the upcoming winter months, what better time to add more greenery and plants in our homes for a natural calm inside our home when it’s too cold to get outside in nature. Continue reading Urban Jungle. Living and Styling with Plants by Igod Josifovic & Judith De Graff
I know, I know, what’s so special about granola you ask? You can buy it anywhere, there are so many flavors and variations, and you can get countless recipes online. What’s so special about this granola? For me, homemade granola will always be synonymous with my friend Rose’s granola. That’s because until Rose gave me her homemade granola a few years back I didn’t even know one could make it at home. I thought it’s something complicated that only factories and gourmet specialty shops could make. I was happily buying granola in the store for years not ever thinking that it could be made in my kitchen. Continue reading Rose’s Rockin Granola
Over the weekend I got a text from my sister in Philadelphia asking me what one of my daughters would like for Christmas, as she was at a Christmas Market on a farm looking for some cool finds. Her text to me read, “I’m at a German Christmas market on a farm. It’s snowing outside and there’s nice apple cider inside! Just loving it!”
Here is a recipe for a beet and olive salad that is pretty to look at and delicious. We had this wonderful beet salad with lemon herb dressing at our friends Swati and Tarak’s home when we went over for a holiday dinner. Swati got inspired to use a few lemons from one of many fruit trees in her hillside garden and made a Lemon Herb Dressing to go with her outstanding Super Greens, Beets and Olives Salad. Continue reading Beets & Olives Salad with Feta, Super Greens & Lemon Herb Dressing
One of my most requested appetizer recipes over the years has been a mushroom and artichoke baguette. Every time I have served my mushroom and artichoke baguettes I have received so many requests for the recipe that over the years I have typed and re-typed the recipe and emailed it to many. I made this appetizer more times than I can count for parties that I finally got tiered and stopped making them completely.
Then recently over the summer break the kids asked me how come I haven’t made my mushroom and artichoke appetizer in a long time? They were craving some 😋. So I dug up my emails from years gone with the recipe and made the mushroom baguettes again when I had my uncle visiting from India. His newly married nephew and wife came to see him from Salt Lake City and making a yummy appetizer for a large gathering seemed just perfect. These mushroom artichoke baguettes tasted just as delectable as the first time I made them over fifteen years ago. Continue reading Mushroom and Artichoke Baguette
I make lots of salads but I would never think to combine a citrus flavor such as orange with blue cheese – it wouldn’t be a combination that would occur to me. When I think of bleu cheese I tend to use the likes of apples and pears. Surprisingly though the combination of orange and bleu cheese along with pomegranate seeds and the peppery bite of arugula tastes really good together in a salad.
White Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 4 tbsp Pomegranate white balsamic vinegar or any white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard
- Salt and pepper