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…

Mussels alla Diavola

I recently went to the allergist to find out exactly what shellfish I had to stay away from, and I got easily some of the best news of my life: I can eat anything but shrimp, lobster and crab. Since I’ve never had anything but shrimp, I’m on a mission to try it all. So…

Caprese Crostini with Grilled Tomatoes

On a hot day when you’d like something light for dinner, try these toasts. Get a good loaf of bread, and slice 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick. Grill on both sides until toasted. On a metal skewer, add the cherry or grape tomatoes leaving space between each. Lightly oil the hot grill and grill the tomatoes…

Roasted Broccoli

There are so many of us who need to eat more vegetables, and would if there were easier and more delicious ways to make them. My husband and I in fact eat a lot of vegetables; here’s one of our favorites.  Roasted Broccoli 2          Bunches Broccoli, cut into florets 1          shallot, medium, sliced 1 pint …

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…

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…

Farmer’s Market Pasta

So, not only do I have a problem with using the oven, I avoid it. I mean, really. What is the point of baking a pasta dish that is perfectly good without the extra step. Case in point, Penne with Corn, Zucchini and Basil. Sounds delicious. It does not, however, sound like I need to…

The Sauce of my Childhood

Meat sauce is one of those basic things you grow out of when your palate changes, and you eventually forget. I was in the grocery store on Sunday debating the amount of energy I had to make meatballs (due to an intense craving) when vague memories of meat sauce surfaced in my brain. It turns…

That’s what I call Saturday night

Late Saturday afternoon Todd had so much studying to do and no quiet place to do it. (Todd has a roommate, I only have one room, and Todd’s parents have a house on Lake Michigan just north of Manitowoc that was empty.) So I drove up there, it is just under an hour from downtown,…

Minestrone Soup

I have made this a few times, most recently for dinner on Easter (very festive, I know). I realize that this is not a traditional minestrone, mostly because Dad and I debated the finer points and as it turns out, I am wrong. However, Todd and I are pretty sure its perfect! I wanted to…

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