Lizzie’s Baked Artichokes


My dear friend Liz had my boys and I over for dinner to celebrate my youngest son’s 4th birthday before they leave us for the beaches of Shelter Island for the next seven weeks.  We are so sad to see them go every year… and to make it worse, the taste of those baked artichokes […]

Lemony Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Lemony Brussels Sprouts

Our family recently barbecued at a friend’s house, and we had the best grilled Brussels sprouts that I have ever had!  I praised this side dish so much that my friend Dawn walked into her kitchen, pulled out a bottle of Meyer Lemon Infused Oil and said, “Here, take this extra bottle home since you […]

Pesto Three Ways

Red basil and sweet basil pesto

Last year my attempts at a flourishing herb garden proved less than “fruitful.”  Things started out all right, but after six weeks, about 60% of my herbs were attacked by spider mites.  Not sure if you’ve ever witnessed the webbing a spider mite makes over plants, but there was no way I was going to […]

Crustless Spinach, Tomato and Leek Quiche

Crustless Spinach, Tomato and Leek Quiche

I’m always searching for new ways to enjoy eggs and veggies for breakfast.  I love quiche, but most store-bought are loaded with cream and other heavy ingredients.  The control freak that I am, I like to control the excess fat and calories anywhere I can.  Enter my crustless quiche.  It’s filling, yummy, and rich in […]

Homemade Hummus


I have been challenged with children who, for lack of a better word, are high-maintenance when it comes to their hummus.  I have tried to make my own homemade version a handful of times, only to hear them cry, “Where’s the real hummus?”  Excuse me?  This is the real stuff tootsie! After I let my […]