Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad
My son graduated and we threw a huge party this weekend. It was so hot and everyone was going to be in and around the pool. I didn’t want any mayonnaise based dressings so I opted for a vinegar based dressing. It was very delicious and no one missed the mayo at all… although my son did break my camera which is the reason for the not so good picture.  Continue reading

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Linda and I decided that we would share two versions of Caprese Salad this week…since soon we will have way too many cherry tomatoes to count, mine is made with an abundance of cherry tomatoes…I love this version of a Caprese Salad. It’s simple, marinated, can be made in advance and is great for a summer side, plus I have a little tip that makes the cherry tomatoes even better. I made it to eat for my Honey while we played Chinese Checkers. Just us and a toothpick! Continue reading

Tuscan White Beans, Italian Kale & Turkey Sausage

Tuscan White Beans, Italian Kale & Turkey Sausage 1
I came across this Italian kale while my Hubby and I were shopping at the farmers market and I fell in love. It’s much softer and flat and its stalks aren’t as big and hard as the American variety. If you can’t find it just use regular kale and put it in with the beans after about 10 minutes instead of 20 minutes. These beans are creamy, like mashed potatoes, and the cheese just puts them over the top.  Continue reading

Green Lentil Pasta Carbonara With Salt Cured Pork

Green Lentil Pasta Carbonara With Salt Cured Pork
I have absolutely fallen in love with Lentil pasta. I’ve been running around telling everyone about it. I buy extra boxes and give them to people I know will feel the same way I do. Like Linda’s pasta last week with the red lentils. My Hubby who is a big pasta lover has even said he prefers the lentil pasta now. So I went out on a limb and made this dish for a small dinner party and didn’t tell my guests they were eating lentil pasta until dinner was almost done. The looks of pleasant surprise were very rewarding. Yes, more converts! If you haven’t tried lentil pasta, please do…you won’t be disappointed! Continue reading

Poached Chicken & Grape Salad

Poached Chicken & Grape Salad
Today my Hubby and I enjoyed a delicious poached chicken and grape dish. I was in the mood for a kind of Waldorf salad, but didn’t want to go to the store so I used what I had in the kitchen. Trying to keep it light I used less sour cream and mayonnaise and more Greek yogurt. I love getting little bites of cool, crunchy and sweet all in one. We ate them in little Boston Bibb cups but I think a grainy bread would be great too. We will definitely be having this for lunch tomorrow too!  Continue reading

Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili

I love a hearty chili with black beans and this chili is no exception. Especially on a chilly spring day like today…If you want an easy healthy chili that satisfies and comforts you…give this one a try, I promise it will not disappoint. Continue reading