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Baked Spaghetti Squash with Braised Garlic Tomato Sauce and Roasted Cauliflower

2020-02-27T15:17:59-05:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Cooking Light, Food Columns, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

As I write this column it is late January of the New Year and the new decade.   Many of us have made some New Year’s resolutions that are still intact. Among the top resolutions is—no surprise here—eating healthy.  If you’re still in healthy eating mode for 2020, then this recipe for baked spaghetti squash is [...]

Luzma’s Colombian Penicillin

2019-11-13T09:07:14-05:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Soups, Thanksgiving|Tags: , |

You’ve heard of Jewish penicillin, but did you know that a Colombian version exists, as well? To tell you about Colombian penicillin, I’m breaking with tradition this year to present you with a very special soup recipe that uses chicken instead of the obligatory Thanksgiving turkey. I first became acquainted with this extraordinary soup last [...]

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti

2019-11-09T11:32:20-05:00December 1st, 2014|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Food Columns, Thanksgiving|Tags: |

I recently brought this cookie platter to a dinner party.  From left to right, the cookies are vanilla chocolate chip biscotti, chocolate macadamia nut biscotti, pumpkin pecan cookies with powdered sugar, checkerboards and chocolate drizzled pumpkin pecan cookies.  The cookie platter was a big hit, but hands down, the favorite cookie was the chocolate macadamia [...]

Turkey Roulade

2019-11-09T17:07:19-05:00November 1st, 2014|Categories: Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Thanksgiving|Tags: |

I must confess—I am not a big fan of the roasted whole turkey. At a time when I need as much oven space as possible for the multitude of dishes that I serve on Thanksgiving, the huge whole turkey monopolizes most of my oven space.  I also find it impossible to get the whole turkey [...]

Beaujolais Poached Pears

2019-11-09T11:21:02-05:00October 1st, 2014|Categories: Cooking Light, Desserts, Desserts, Food Columns|Tags: , |

Elegant and festive, these deep ruby red beauties are the perfect seasonal dessert to have on hand, especially when you’re craving lighter fare. The pears are prepped and then poached in a sumptuous red wine elixir. I just love the intoxicating aroma of Beaujolais and warm spices that permeate the house while the pears are [...]

Summer Sweet Corn Soup

2019-11-09T11:13:16-05:00August 1st, 2014|Categories: Food Columns, Soups, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…and the corn is sweet and bountiful.  As residents of New Jersey, we are blessed with some of the best corn in the country. New Jersey’s sweet corn is one of the reasons for its well-deserved “Garden State” moniker. Sweet corn is in season from May to September.  While the [...]

Red White and Blue Balloon Cups

2019-09-21T12:30:36-04:00July 1st, 2014|Categories: Desserts, Food Columns, Fourth of July|Tags: , , , |

Here are two creative, fun and tasty ideas for a July 4th dessert grand finale.  Family and friends will want to participate in creating the red, white and blue balloon cups.  They will enjoy rocking the blown up balloons in the candy melts and then, after placing the balloons for a brief stint in the [...]

Zucchini Pie

2019-11-09T11:09:09-05:00May 1st, 2014|Categories: Appetizers, Breakfast/Brunch, Food Columns, Pies, Tarts and Tortes, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: |

Here is a tasty recipe for a quiche-like vegetable pie that lends credence to the saying “easy as pie.” Once you’ve prepped all the ingredients, you simply place them in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth.  The mixture is then poured into a prepared pie plate [...]