Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Figs

One of my friends, that I happen to be visiting with recently, is on a very restricted diet which excludes all dairy, eggs, gluten, night-shades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers…), sugar, grains, seeds, and nuts.  Honestly, I’m not sure how one functions, or even exists, on such a diet, but she insists that it’s a viable medical…

The Art of the Kale Shake

Why take multi vitamins throughout the summer months when you can sit down and drink a refreshingly sweet and tangy kale shake?  My sister and I have been experimenting with kale shakes for several years now, and we have come up with a formula of three basic ingredients that seem to be the key to…

Grilled Potatoes with Chard

This au gratin inspired dish is arranged into a potato rosette, sitting on a bed of sautéed chard and mushrooms, and sprinkled with a sharp cheddar cheese.  It falls short of being an au gratin since the top of the dish will not brown on the grill, but its rich cheese and potato flavors mimic…

Grilled Beets with Tahini

Grilled Beets (because it’s too warm out to roast them in the oven and boiling them is a pain) + Tahini (to add a level of richness that contrasts with the sweetness of the beets) = a hearty summer dish! Ingredients: 4 Beets – peeled and sliced into round of about 1/4″ thickness 1 tbsp…

Grilled Eggplant Crostini

Eggplants are a hard vegetable to like – not particularly due to it’s taste, which is fairly mild, but due to it’s texture when cooked.  Leaving the skin on helps the eggplant retain it’s form while cooking, but the skin can turn out tough if not treated properly, and cooking eggplant without its skin leaves…