Sicilian Blood Orange Frosting & Candied Blood Orange Slices

If you aren’t used to the sight of a sliced Blood Orange, you may be a little apprehensive. Growing up in the Northeast, it was uncommon to find Blood Oranges in the Produce Department. Back then, we drank all of our orange juice ‘orange’ and that was that. The first time I saw blood orange…… Continue reading Sicilian Blood Orange Frosting & Candied Blood Orange Slices

Sugar Topped Blueberry Muffin Loaf

Most grocery stores now have a ‘club-sized’ aisle that allows you to buy a larger amount of their products at a better price. I couldn’t pass up the fresh organic blueberries on sale, so I stocked up. A good portion of them were eaten fresh, but there was still enough left to use in a recipe…… Continue reading Sugar Topped Blueberry Muffin Loaf

Vegetarian Kapusta & Potato Soup

One of the main staples of Polish cooking is Cabbage. There are many different ways to enjoy Kapusta (kah-POOS-tah) but one of the most comforting recipes is a soup made of cabbage and potatoes. This delicious soup normally includes pork, sausage, kielbasa or some form of meat, but I wanted to try a Vegan/Vegetarian quick version. As… Continue reading Vegetarian Kapusta & Potato Soup

Herb Roasted Chicken Baked in Babci’s Blue Graniteware Roaster, circa 1950

It was love at first sight the moment  I saw the sad little residue riddled roaster that my Mom wanted me to keep. Anyone else would have put it straight in the garbage, but after hearing that my Babci used to cook in it, I had to take it in. I restored it to it's natural beauty,… Continue reading Herb Roasted Chicken Baked in Babci’s Blue Graniteware Roaster, circa 1950

Ginger and Molasses Cookies, Deliciously Dairy-Free & Gluten Free

Have you taken notice of the newest aisle in the supermarket? It is usually near the Organic section of the store and is quite abundantly stocked. It is the gluten-free section, and you should check it out. Even the popular pre-boxed cake mix companies have adapted their ingredients to be gluten-free. And what’s nice about it is, the gluten-free products are no different in taste…… Continue reading Ginger and Molasses Cookies, Deliciously Dairy-Free & Gluten Free

Forelle Pears Baked in a Cake with Brown Sugar Walnut Glaze

The origin of these gorgeous pears can be traced back to the 1600’s in Europe, more precisely, northern Germany. Why would such a beautiful pear be named after a ‘trout’ in the German language? Because, when the pear is ripe, the coloring of the red freckled lenticels resembles a rainbow trout! Makes perfect sense. This…… Continue reading Forelle Pears Baked in a Cake with Brown Sugar Walnut Glaze

Vegetarian and Vegan Roasted Fennel

This sweet bulb is a staple in Italy and France. Also known as 'finocchio', the Italians cut it up and eat it plain,  or place in salads, add in stews, or roast as a side dish. The subtle flavor of licorice makes this unique and pleasantly surprising vegetable a culinary feature in Mediterranean dishes.