Which Festival of Light Is Celebrated the World Over?

It’s New Year’s Eve of course – with 24 hours of celebrations around the globe! Back in the day of the Concorde – a supersonic jet built by Great Britain and France in the 70s, you could celebrate New Year’s Eve in London listening to Big Ben chime, then fly to the Big Apple in […]

Sautéed Zucchini and Tomatoes

Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small red onion, diced 1 pound zucchini (2-3 medium), cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil, plus more for garnish if desired Heat the olive […]

Spicy Baked Green Bean Fries

Ingredients: 1 pound green beans 1 cup bread crumbs 1 egg 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes To Make:  Preheat oven to 400. Mix together the breadcrumbs and spices in a shallow dish. In another, beat the egg. Coat the green beans […]

Eggplant Lasagna

Ingredients: 2 eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices 3 plum tomatoes, seeded 4 garlic cloves 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 egg 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Olive oil Salt and pepper To Make:  Pre-heat broiler. Brush eggplant slices with olive oil and salt and pepper, arrange on baking sheet and […]

Spicy Eggplant Stir Fry

Ingredients: 1 large, or 2 small eggplant 2 Serrano chilies, finely chopped 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4 tablespoons soy sauce, divided 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch Vegetable oil To Make:  Heat a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Chop the eggplant in to bite-size […]

Braised Parsnips and Carrots

Ingredients: 1 pound parsnips 1 pound carrots 1 large shallot, finely minced 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 3/4 cups fresh orange juice 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest One handful of fresh thyme Salt and pepper To Make: Preheat oven to 275. Peel the carrots and parsnips and cut to equal lengths. Place in the […]

Baked Stuffed Artichoke

Ingredients: 2 artichokes 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped Salt and pepper To Make: Preheat oven to 400. Prepare the artichokes. Peel off the bottom few layers of leaves, cut the tops off the artichokes, cut in half, scoop out the […]

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients: 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 cup milk 1/2 stick butter 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated Salt and pepper To Make: Preheat oven to 400. Butter a 13×9 baking dish. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and return to pot, then mash with the […]

Ratatouille Made Easy

Ingredients: 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced 1 red, 1 green, and 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 2 eggplant, cut into approx. 1/2 inch cubes 2 zucchini, cut into approx. 1/2 inch cubes 2 pounds tomatoes, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil […]

Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients: 6 medium tomatoes 4 slices crisp bacon, crumbled 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup celery, chopped 1 cup crumbled cornbread Salt and pepper 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded To Make: Preheat oven to 350. Slice the tops of each tomato and carefully cut out the inside of each with a paring knife. Chop the […]