Eggplant Parmesan Bake

Eggplant Parmesan Bake

Baked in ramekins, these creamy mounds of eggplant unmold easily, a sure-fire hit for your next dinner party when you serve them on salad plates with extra sauce.

Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash

When I was a little girl, nothing seemed colder than a Pittsburgh winter. After school, I would burst through my Granny’s kitchen door, tear off my snow-covered, slushy boots, and inhale the warm perfume of meat stewing in a tomato paprika sauce. This Hungarian goulash is based on my family’s recipe that I enhanced with the addition of sweet, caramelized onions.

Zucchini with Sage

Zucchini with Sage

Sage is a very strong herb when used fresh, but its flavor mellows when sautéed in olive oil. The Italian call sage cooked in butter, ‘black butter’ and serve it over pasta or meat.

Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts

In the cobblestone streets of New Delhi, India, the heavenly, potent aroma of spices roasted with nuts cling in the humid afternoon air. Hungry shoppers stop to fuel up with a handful of cashews and a quick cup of chai. Here’s my version of an Indian street vendors delight!

Is Chocolate the Secret to Living Longer?

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So what’s all the current health buzz about cocoa I keep hearing on the news?

Kitchen Essentials I Can’t Live Without

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As a professional and home-cook, I have come to appreciate the following utensils and appliances – they make life in the kitchen so much more convenient, and help to save time.

Choosing Knives

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Quality, not quantity should be your guide. A well-made set of 3-4 knives is plenty for a beginner or intermediate home cook. If you want to splurge, by all means check out Korin’s astounding knife collection.

Eat, Pray, Love

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A great summer read, but an even better travel read, her tales of dark-eyed men, wise gurus, and breathtaking sites will have you grinning. Did she leave anything out? Certainly not the tongue and cheek humor of a smart and happening lady who has experienced tough times yet loved deeply.