Fig, Blue Cheese, Basil and Pancetta on Rocket Salad

Nothing tastes as good as biting into a picked straight-from-the-tree ripe fig warmed by the afternoon sun. Well at least, at that moment in time, nothing tastes better. Wrapping figs in prosciutto or other thinly sliced cured meats and pairing them with honey, balsamic vinegar, nuts and fresh herbs is one of my favorite ways to eat…

A Dozen Recipes for Labor Day Weekend Cooking

While fall officially arrives on September 22nd, the unofficial goodbye to summer in the US is Labor Day weekend. The kids are back in school and Labor Day is the last hot three-day holiday weekend until Thanksgiving. Labor Day’s origins are about celebrating the American worker’s contribution to society, although I’m not sure the idea…

12 Easy Last Minute Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the December holidays are not far behind, so I decided to compile a list of some quick and easy side dishes that you can make at the last-minute and still impress your mother-in-law. 1. Buttery, Warm Southern Cornbread Just sweet enough to make everyone happy. Just make sure you…

Three Bean Salad with Honey Dijon Lime Dressing

A cricket has made his home right outside our front door. He chirps all day long. I used to find it irritating because it is so loud and rarely stops, but now I find it peaceful. Life is strange in what we choose to love or hate. Food is basically the same way. People either…

Reduced Fat Caesar Dressing

I have gained a few pounds over the winter. I could just blame it on the winter gain but most of it has been from not feeling well due to secondhand smoke from my neighbor’s place. It really is amazing how smoking kills the respiratory system of everyone around, including those who do not smoke….