Mini Farfalle with Quick Basil Pesto

MINI FARFALLE WITH QUICK BASIL PESTO The ingredients in pesto promote good health and contain vitamins and minerals we need. Olive oil, basil, garlic, and pine nuts are high in antioxidants giving us cell protection. My original basil leaf pesto recipe was made the old fashioned method using a pestle and mortar. This quick recipe uses

Balsamic Glazed Fresh Fig Bruschetta Antipasto

BALSAMIC GLAZED FRESH FIG BRUSCHETTA This twist on the basic Italian tomato Bruschetta makes a great use of the fig harvest that comes in all at once. Don’t get me wrong, fresh figs are delicious just the way they are, but there are always a few that get picked with slight imperfections and they are

Mini Raspberry Vegan Cheesecakes

  MINI RASPBERRY VEGAN CHEESECAKES Dairy-free desserts are extremely difficult to find in regular grocery stores. The gourmet stores sell them, but most have a list of ingredients and preservatives that give an off flavor and ruin the dessert experience.  I have made 2 highly popular natural vegan cheesecake recipes, both using a crumb crust,

Quick and Easy Vegan Cannellini Bean “Mayonnaise”

QUICK AND EASY VEGAN CANNELLINI BEAN “MAYONNAISE” Summer cuisine is synonymous with less time in the kitchen, and more time spent outdoors eating lighter and nutritious meals that won’t weigh you down. Traveling with a picnic cooler and plenty of food on ice is necessary in order to happily arrive at your destination. Using vegan

Summertime ‘Pizza al Forno’ – no oven necessary

SUMMERTIME ‘PIZZA AL FORNO’ The harvest is in! Jersey tomatoes are ripening all at once and we are going to have to find ways to use all of them. I don’t have enough tomatoes to can, but I certainly have enough ripe tomatoes to make fresh pizza sauce. Of course that means I will have

Cayenne Seasoned Black Bean Burgers

Cayenne seasoned black bean burgers on a dairy-free bun

Maple sweet potato and baby kale salad

This delicious summer salad is packed with nutrition but yet doesn’t weigh you down in the hot weather. The creamy texture of the tahini dressing seems almost like you are eating a Caesar salad, only this is a vegan alternative. I browned the sweet potatoes in maple syrup prior to adding them to the kale.

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.