Recipe ReDux: Mexican Frittata

March (usually) means all things green: sprouts of green popping up from the ground, window boxes of beautiful and fragrant herbs, and the beginnings of fresh green grass filling lawns. Unfortunately, it’s still quite cold in New York – snow is even in the forecast for this weekend – so we haven’t seen the signs of spring just yet. But that didn’t stop me from taking part in this month’s Recipe ReDux. The challenge was to use any fresh green herb in a nontraditio… read more »

Cooking is Fun & Menu Plan Monday (March 11-March 17)

I love to cook. I find it fun and a great way to explore my creative side in a forgiving environment – one in which there’s no judgment (for the most part!). I consider recipes a form of art. There are millions of recipes available, some of which are very similar to others – I mean, there’s only so many ways to make pancakes or a Greek salad! Part of the fun of cooking is experimenting and changing up recipes to make them your own. That’s why I rarely follow a recipe to the T an… read more »

Artichokes Vinaigrette {Recipe}

During college I studied abroad in Florence and lived with seven other girls. To this day two of them are among my closest friends, including my “twin” Alexandra – we were born the same day of the same year in the same hospital! We spent a lot of time cooking (and drinking wine) that semester, and I will never forget when Alexandra introduced me to steamed artichokes. Believe it or not, until then I never (knowingly) had an artichoke, and certainly never one prepared this way. I loved… read more »

Menu Plan Monday (March 4-March 10)

What do you do when you have leftover mint? Make mojitos! That’s what I’ll be doing this week. I bought mint a couple of weeks ago to make a side dish. Of course I only needed a little bit, so ever since I’ve been trying to use it before it goes bad. Last week I included the mint in a frittata and last minute threw it into my barley dish on Friday (recipes to come). But I still have a lot left and I just can’t think of anything else to make right now (most of what I like with mint isn’t… read more »

Greek Night Dinner: Spanakopita {Recipe}

Yesterday I told you about the latest research on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. As promised, today I am sharing one of my favorite Greek recipes, Spanakpoita. I wouldn’t say this is the healthiest of all Mediterranean food, but it is absolutely delicious. At restaurants you can find Spanakopita in small triangles (like that shown below), which are more of an hors d’oeuvre, but traditional spanakopita is made in a casserole dish.  Image Credit: I mad… read more »