Blueberry Mint Soup


Steamy hot weather calls for cold-chilled soups.

Who’s excited about cooking hot foods during the dog days of summer. I usually opt for salads, smoothies and any meat that can be quickly cooked on the grill.

My mint plant is luscious so I decided to recreate one of my favorite summer soups– from our resident soup expert Seriously Soupy– inspired by my plant and the fresh batch of blueberries in my refrigerator.

Also included in this recipe is some refreshing watermelon, Greek yogurt and a little bit of sugar to really make this a treat.

Remember to cook the berries for less than 5 minutes, blend the mixture, and let the soup chill at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving.


Cinco de Mayo: Homemade Guacamole Video

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without another terrific homemade guacamole recipe.

My entire family has become avocado experts. 

In fact, it’s very rare not to be whipping up a new batch of guac every weekend.

Always bought guacamole but never dared to make it? 

Check out my simple video on how to make the best guacamole EVER:


Spiced Roasted Chickpeas


A friend posted a photo of a bunch of old Encyclopedia Brittanica’s thrown on the street corner for recycling.

To think those were put to good use when I was in a grade school and now they’re just a relic from the past.  I feel the same way towards cookbooks.  My mom’s kitchen shelves were overflowing with tons of cookbooks- battered and dog-earred- from which she cooked almost every day.

These days, many cookbooks have turned into gorgeous coffee table books, on display for the beautiful photography and nothing more.

Why?  Because, anyone can type in a key word or phrase into their computer and receive thousands of variations of recipes within seconds.

While I rely on internet searches for my recipes, I do have my two favorite books on my shelf:  The Silver Palate, How to Cook Everything.  All of the other books are rarely opened, if ever.

I am relieved to say that I do have a new favorite cookbook that has become my bible, my go-to for weeknight dinners: [Read more…]

Artichoke Squares


Last night I went to an Oscars viewing party and needed to bring a appetizer, one that appeals masses – kids and adults alike.  I turned to Mom’s no-fail Artichoke Squares because they’re tasty and filling and easy to make.


My kids prepared the entire dish- -from the chopping to the mixing to the baking.  And, the finished product is quite flavorful, almost like an artichoke egg quiche.

We added an additional 10 minutes to Mom’s cook time and decided that next time around we would definitely sprinkle breadcrumbs over top the mixture before baking.  Otherwise, this recipe is flawless. The Artichoke Squares are a perfect addition to any breakfast, brunch or as an appetizer.

You Pick!


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