Family and Food

As well as eating healthful fare, we need to nourish our spirits with sustaining relationships. Last weekend, at least four generations of aunts, uncles, cousins and more cousins gathered at a local lake for our annual family reunion. Despite sweltering temperatures, we ate, we laughed, we caught up on family news and we recounted old … Continue reading Family and Food

Turning Up the Heat

Outdoor grilling brings out the flavors of food in a way that no other cooking technique can—especially in fish and vegetables. Several years ago, we discovered Cooking Light’s Grilled Salmon With Roasted Corn Relish, a succulent salmon dish with a tongue-tingling mixture of roasted chile peppers and corn. We begin by grilling chiles, peeling them … Continue reading Turning Up the Heat

Getting Back on Track

Despite our best laid plans, it’s easy to overdo it—especially on holidays. During the last few days, we celebrated a birthday as well as the birth of our country, with double the goodies. And as I have confessed before, chocolate and other desserts are my kryptonite. Fortunately, I have found a few tricks to help … Continue reading Getting Back on Track

Seasonal Favorite

Digging deeper into the flavors of summer, yesterday we enjoyed Scampi Primavera on our back porch as we savored the June breezes. Since Ronzoni published this recipe in a coupon circular years ago, it has been an irresistible family favorite. However, this dish differs from pasta primavera recipes that feature pasta and vegetables laden with … Continue reading Seasonal Favorite

Flavors of Summer

As the last few days of June dwindle, our farmers’ markets are just ramping up, displaying a colorful assortment of fruit and vegetables. One of my favorites is zucchini, a versatile vegetable that can be grated and baked into moist zucchini bread, sliced and sauteed, and cut into wedges and grilled. In every preparation, it’s … Continue reading Flavors of Summer

Quick Cacciatore

A few weeks ago we tried Fast Skillet Chicken Cacciatore, appearing in the November 2015 issue of Cooking Light. I was looking for something spicy and fragrant, and this fit the bill. I was drawn in by the rounds of polenta shown in the photo, along with the rich red sauce, chicken and peppers. Because … Continue reading Quick Cacciatore