Stew of sausage, basil, potatoes, carrots, & caramelized onions

Fresh basil frames this picture with minty, pungent flavor.  This recipe is oriented towards the simplicity of a one pot meal.  For added flavor, grill the sausages separately and add to the soup with the spaghetti. Prep time: 20 minutesCook time:  30 minutesServes: 4-6 INGREDIENTS Olive oil1 pound merguez sausage Continue Reading

Tomatoes Gratin

Hot juicy tomatoes under a cheesy toasted breading.  These will vanish quickly. INGREDIENTS3 TB + 3 TB olive oil4 cloves garlic, crushed 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese3-4 medium (baseball size) tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leavessalt and pepper DIRECTIONSPreheat Continue Reading

Open Face Tomato Grilled Cheese

From the Department of Comfort Food comes this fast, hearty meal-in-one.  You’ll have things in the skillet at the same time as under the broiler, so stay alert. Prep time:  5 minutesCook time: 10 minutesServes:  4 (easily scaled to the amount you want) INGREDIENTS4-6 tablespoons olive oil2 clove garlic, crushed4 Continue Reading

Pasta with Sauteed Vegetables and Feta

All you need in one delicious serving.  Except that you’ll want to go back more than one serving. Prep time:  15 minutesCook time:  15 minutesServes:  4-6 INGREDIENTS3-4 tablespoons olive oil2 bell peppers, cut in to 1/4 inch chunks1 bunch scallions, cleaned, white and light green parts chopped into 1/8 inch Continue Reading


Insalata Caprese is one of those dishes that inspires passionate praise as “The Best” tomato dish. It’s hard to argue – the sweetness of the tomato, the creamy tang of the mozzarella, the green spice of basil, all conspire to make an amazing, yet simple, salad. This is the place Continue Reading