Italian Oil-Packed Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad

Whether you’re looking for a light summer dinner, or a taste of summer in the relentlessness of this harsh winter, this is a MUST eat. I found myself on Brady Street at the end of the day, just blocks from Glorioso’s, which Milwaukeeans know as the fantastic Italian grocer. Armed with my iPhone, I grabbed…

Greek Brown Rice Salad

Although we’ve cut a lot of gluten out of our diets in the last two years, I’ve never been willing to take it further – until now. The hardest part for me is the loss of pasta and bread in particular – mostly because I rely on pasta for comfort and sandwiches for lunch (everyday)….

Roasted Beet, Orange, & Fennel Salad

I invented this salad after a trip to the farmer’s market last fall where I bought too many beets. Now I buy beets not only for this salad, but to roast and keep on hand to add to chopped salads throughout the week. I’ve made this salad for two different dinner parties, and it has…

Butternut Squash Soup

With the abundance of squash this fall and the craving for heart-warming, soul satisfying comfort food, this butternut squash soup fits the bill. The subtle layers of flavor build as you eat, despite any preconceived notion you may have about a squash soup. Eat this and feel proud – you’ll be satisfied, others will be…

Nicoise Style Salad

It’s not always easy to prepare a healthy, light, and satisfying dinner, especially on a weeknight. (It’s further compounded when you’re a carbohydrate loving Italian girl.) Tonight Todd went to the grocery store, and unbeknown to him, came back with the extra ingredients for a Nicoise salad. As it happens, I do not care for…

Curried Quinoa Salad

In the mood for something healthy that won’t leave you starving (or groaning) when you’re done? You’re looking for quinoa. It is an amazing grain that is loaded with protein, easy to make, delicious and satisfying. Quinoa cooks just like rice, has a soft texture when cooked, and is neutral in flavor. The USDA National Nutrient Database says that…

Fig and Prosciutto Salad

Dear Fresh Figs: You are amazing. I am so sorry that Fig Newtons gave you a bad rap, and I will do everything I can to restore your reputation. Love, Leah I realize that you may question my sanity for writing a letter to figs, but I can assure you that I am slightly off….

Ratatouille & Brie Sandwich

I am so excited because I just perfected the ratatouille sandwich from Toronto! As promised, here’s the recipe. This recipe is great because it is so multi-purpose. I made the ratatouille last night to have as a side with the most amazing ribs, which left most of ratatouille for these sandwiches the next day. Choose…

Roasted Beet Salad

We also picked up fresh beets at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Todd was not convinced when I suggested that we buy some – but he admitted that he has only had pickled beets. Now that he tried this salad, he loves beets, and I think you will, too. They are deliciously sweet, and have…

Quinoa Tabouli

Tabbouleh/Tabouli is a Middle Eastern dish, typically made from wheat bulgar. There are a multitude of variations that are dependent upon the region, such as the Turkish version,kisir. Tabouli is a fantastic dish in the summer – it’s cold temperature and light flavors won’t put you to sleep after eating. Perhaps most persuasive is that there is…

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