Pickled Beet and Chorizo Orzo Salad

It’s the time of year when cold salads abound, from the classic potato and pasta salads, staples of most summer barbecues, to the healthier whole grain salads such as quinoa tabouli and blue cheese farro.  An all-in-one salad that is cool, light, refreshing, and nourishing is a staple to my summer diet, and every year…

Baked Ziti

A baked pasta dish made up of ziti pasta, marinara sauce, sweet Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and fresh spinach for some color, nutrition, and fiber.  I like to refer to this dish as my lazy-person’s lasagna.  It has a similar flavor profile to a traditional lasagna, but none of the hassle of layering in all…

Ciabatta with Chard, Salami, and Mozzarella

An easily assembled Italian inspired sandwich. Ingredients: Ciabatta Chard thinly sliced Salami (the black-pepper crusted salami gives the chard an additional kick) drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar slices of fresh Mozzarella Salt for seasoning Directions:  Sautee the chard, salami, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar until the chard is sufficiently cooked. Season the chard with salt…