Roasted Fennel with Olive Oil and Parmesan

Fall is here (finally!) and I just harvested the last vegetable in my garden before winterizing it. We ended the season with fennel and I could not be more excited to prepare this simple and flavorful side dish using the fennel bulbs that grew so perfectly. You can also take advantage of your local farmers’ markets to find fennel. Enjoy! …

Baby Eggplant, Summer Tomato and Basil Casserole

I have been laser-focused on my vegetable garden this summer. The upside to all this east coast rain is a bountiful garden. I just harvested my eggplant so my weekend menu will include my mom’s Baby Eggplant, Summer Tomato and Basil Casserole from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook (p. 164). Take advantage of your local farmers’ markets and stock …

Asparagus with Prosciutto

Growing up in my family, April showers meant May … Asparagus. My mom used to spend mornings in May in our asparagus patch in the backyard clipping spears that were just right. It was the first of the vegetables to grow and it meant that warmer weather – and plenty of asparagus dishes – were on the way! Soups, salads, …

Beef Bourguignon – The Silver Palate way

My mom, Sheila Lukins of the Silver Palate, was a master of stews. She would always spoil me during the winters by making this dish and others to remind me that winters aren’t so bad when you can have warm, delicious and cozy stews to enjoy. It’s been mighty cold outside and what better way to power through the cold …

Winter Squash with Crispy Sage and Honey

We really can’t get enough of Eden Grinshpan’s recipes. Using seasonal winter squash combined with sweet sage and honey make this easy and delicious recipe a perfect veggie side dish to almost any entree. Winter squash hosts a number of health benefits including high levels of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A. It’s a healthy source of fiber, carries Vitamin C, …

Celery Root Puree

The holidays are coming. And we all know what that means: Feasts! As we prepare our own menus, we are discovering delicious and healthy alternatives to incorporate with our more indulgent recipes, thus creating a nutritional balance. One of the items on our list is this Celery Root Puree adapted from Belcampo. Celery root is rich in vitamins B, C and K. …

Charred Whole Eggplant with Crushed Tomatoes, Basil, and Mint Recipe

Girl crush doesn’t do justice for how much we adore chef Eden Grinshpan. Her NYC restaurant DEZ was one of our favorites, her Instagram stories have us doubled over in laughter and now she has come out with her first cookbook, Eating Out Loud, that we are poring over! All the recipes look amazing, but this eggplant dish was at …

Turkey Burger with a Twist

Behold a delicious turkey burger with a twist. Mixing nutrient-dense vegetables into the burgers and topping it with guacamole makes this particularly flavorful and interesting. This is a highly requested meal at our house from the kids. You can thank me later. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS: 2 portobello mushrooms, finely diced 4 tbsp olive or avocado oil, divided, plus more for greasing your hands 1 bell pepper, finely diced …

Simple Roast Chicken

Veteran dietitian and food lover Amy Shapiro of Real Nutrition NYC swears by this easy, fall-off-the-bone roast chicken recipe. We tried it and we fully agree! It’s a staple recipe in our households as it is loved by adults and children alike. Give it a try! Serves 8 INGREDIENTS: 1 whole chicken, 5-6 pounds (organic, pasture-raised) 1 lemon, halved 1 …

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Best Steak Marinade EVER!

If you are looking to get into your friend’s and family’s good graces, may I suggest you prepare this steak marinade recipe. Every time I prepare this (which is admittedly often), I am asked to share the recipe … it’s that good. What’s more, I get specific requests from my children to prepare this. I usually use grass-fed skirt or flank steak but any grass-fed steak will do. So …. Can you guess what I am making for Christmas Eve dinner?