Cherry Crush Lemonade

Lemonade fits the bill as a refreshing summertime drink while you’re cooling at the pool, finishing lawn work, or just need a break. Pomegranate and acai get a lot of press for their benefits, but cherries can also add to your antioxidant arsenal.

Iced Tea From Rooibos

Red bush – or Rooibos in Afrikaans – tea comes from the leaves of a bush that grows in southern Africa and like many teas has valuable antioxidants. If you’re craving flavor, it comes in vanilla, orange, peach and even red bush chai. Don’t forget to get my recipe for rooibos -iced tea!

Soups For Summer

When the summer heat wave hits, I start to think about recipes that don’t require the oven or stove top, and that’s what inspired my recent recipes in Self Magazine. In this post, I focus on easy-to-make, flavorful summer soups that only require a few fresh seasonal ingredients.

Grilled Mango with Balsamic Vinegar

If you’ve ever tasted real aged balsamic vinegar, you know that nothing compares with its aroma, texture and dark, deep flavor. The real McCoy is from Modena, Italy, made from the white Trebbiano grape and aged for 12 to 25 years, but try out my latest recipe!

Molten Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Since seeing the mounds of butter and melted chocolate oozing across the screen in ‘Julie and Julia,’ I’ve been craving an indulgent chocolate dessert. So I made this rich, dark molten cake that’s crusty on top and soft and melted in the center.

Healthy Eating Tips: Pantry Refresh

Did you realize that small changes in kitchen staples can help your family get healthy, almost effortlessly? In my latest video feature on AOL Food, I share smart grocery shopping swaps to pack maximum health benefits into everyday eating. How healthy is your pantry?

Recipe for Tomatillo Salsa

I’m not fond of raw tomatillos, but once they are gently cooked – either roasted in a pan or boiled for a few minutes in water – and mixed with chilies, cilantro and lime, they transform into a bright and tangy sauce, fresh and cool for warm summer days.

How To Make Vanilla Ice Cream

When I was a kid, ice cream was synonymous with summer. I had a trained ear and could pick out the perky chimes of the ice cream truck from miles away. Here’s my recipe for home-made vanilla ice cream…