Organic Arugula, Candied Pecans, & Beets with Balsamic Dressing

Summer is here,  and it’s time to enjoy the outdoors, and therefore local Farmers Markets. I love to shop at Rutgers Gardens here in New Jersey. My favorite booths are the ones selling ‘Jersey Fresh’ produce, and I was pleasantly surprised to find Organic Arugula. The shelf life on fresh Arugula is maybe 1-2 days,

Vegan Italian Potato Salad

The party invites are rolling in; Graduations, Backyard Barbecues, Pool Parties, just to mention a few. After attending a few so far, I’m always inspired by the great foods and recipes used in summer favorites. It’s no secret, I love summer salads. Potato salad, coleslaw, and pasta salad are fantastic dishes set out for parties.

Grilled Italian Herb Vegetables

I love the ease of cooking on the grill. The flavor of foods that are grilled is quite unique to summer. Even though I use an indoor grill, it just isn’t the same as barbecuing outdoors. Since it is Father’s Day, I decided to take charge of the barbecue. These grilled veggies are a perfect

Lemon Filled Tea Cake with Coconut Frosting

Chiffon Cake is my go to recipe for the holidays. It is so easy to make and is suitable in all forms. Layer cake, tube cake, cupcakes, sheet cake, or any other I may have missed, they all turn out perfectly fluffy and flavorful. I also like that this cake won’t fall apart if you

Natural Egg Dyes using Beets and Turmeric

When I was a kid, I remember my Polish Babci using onion skins to dye Easter Eggs. I never realized that her natural dye method would make a come back! It makes so much sense to re-purpose items around the house and it is much more natural and money saving.  I didn’t have enough onion

Mini Festive Souffle Pirottini

These mini cupcake papers were so unique that I bought a few to use in a recipe. They are actually made in Italy, and are sold as Mini Souffle Pirottini, or Muffin Cups. I bought a few packages while on vacation in Italy thinking I won’t be able to find them back in the states.

Carrot & Coconut Cake with Dairy-Free Yogurt Frosting

Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts. It’s hard to believe that a cake this delicious contains a few healthy ingredients. Unfortunately, many of the recipes out there contain calorie laden sour cream and butter. With my simple dairy-free substitutions, I was able to pare off a few calories while adding nutritional content. My