Cracked Black Pepper and Parmesan Bagels

I have been practicing my bagel making this week.  In fact, this is the first batch of bagels I have made on my own from start to finish.  As a kid, my Mom would make bagels from time to time, and I would help her form them.  Unfortunately, I also remember there being a lot…

Parmesan Gnocchi Sautéed in Sun-dried Tomatoes and Garlic

The parmesan gnocchi I made the other night turned out wonderfully – light, pillowy cushions of cheese and potato pasta sautéed in olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, and  garlic.  I did not turn out the prettiest of gnocchi, the cheese made them a little chunkier then usual, but the flavors all checked out. I added more…

Minestrone Soup

One of my favorite winter soups that will both empty your vegetable bin and leave you muy satisfecho.  Minestrone soup seems to have a little bit of everything in it -Italian sausage, potatoes, pasta, zucchini, and beans to just name a few.  I like to season my broth with old cheese rinds, but if you…

Tomato Soup

I am still harvesting tomatoes from my garden on an almost daily bases, and my countertops are overcrowded by bowls filled with fresh tomatoes just waiting to be devoured.  Now that the weather has turned, and our days are gradually becoming cooler, it seemed like the ideal time to make a large batch of homemade…

Baked Green Tomatoes

Tart and tangy green tomatoes crusted in shredded parmesan cheese and served with aioli – a healthier version of a southern classic. Ingredients: 2-3 sliced Green Tomatoes 2 Eggs 3 tbsp Milk 1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese 1/4 cup Cornmeal Salt and Pepper for seasoning Aioli for serving (optional)(1/4 Mayonnaise and 2 cloves of crushed…

Savory Plum Tarts

I have been eyeballing this recipe all summer just waiting for the black plums to be in season so that I could finally try it out.  The wait, by the way, was worth it.  Tart, sweet, savory, and spicy, these tarts check all of the boxes, in one word – mouthwatering.  The few changes I…

Chicken Parmesan

I have not made this dish in years, but chicken parmesan was a childhood favorite of mine.  I decided to place a bed of spinach at the bottom of my parmesan – changing things up a bit, and making up for some of the less healthy aspects of this dish.  It turned out terrifically.  The…

Rosemary Parmesan Gougères

I am still on the rosemary parmesan kick, and decided to try it out on gougères.  Gougères are essentially a savory rendition of the French creampuff or pâte à choux.   Most people hear pâte à choux or French pastry, and immediately equate it to a difficultly impossible situation that should not be attempted at any cost.  Do not let yourself…