Category Archives: Healthy

Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad

For this refreshing Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad, thinly sliced fennel and apples are tossed with baby spinach, then dressed with a sweet and savory vinaigrette. Perfect for the season, you’ll put this salad on your table time after time.

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Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad is one of many recipes I tasted at a recent Melissa’s Produce for a media meet-and-greet with Denise Vivaldo & Cindie Flannigan, authors of The Food Stylist’s Handbook. Continue reading

Fish Baked in Tomato Sauce

The simplicity of fresh ingredients makes this Fish Baked in Tomato Sauce a weeknight favorite in my house.

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This approachable dish made with easy to find ingredients actually comes from a Turkish cafe in the Black Sea Region. It is just one of many unique recipes found in food and travel journalist Robyn Eckhardt’s latest cookbook, Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring Turkey’s Diverse Cuisines. But before you think this is another book calling for exotic ingredients, take note – most of the recipes use common ingredients in an unexpected way, and each is designed for the home cook.

Not only that, but this book of more than 125 recipes, well-seasoned stories, and engaging photographs, Istanbul and Beyond takes readers on a mesmerizing culinary journey across Turkey’s vast regions.

If there is one thing I really appreciate is a fellow traveler and culinary explorer.

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I was thrilled to meet Robyn and her photographer husband David Hagerman.  Continue reading

Persimmons & Pomegranate Endive Cups

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Wow! These simple and healthy “Persimmons & Pomegranate Endive Cups” that feature Fuyu persimmons and pomegranates paired with crunchy pistachios and salty-tangy blue cheese are incredibly delicious. Their color and freshness makes them, in addition, the ideal antidote for Holiday overindulgence.

I made this for the annual Melissa’s Produce holiday event as well as a Christmas party, and judging by how fast they disappeared, well, I’d categorize them as a Huge Holiday Hit. Continue reading

Elegant Pomegranate – Sima’s Healthy Indulgence Cookbook

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Let the festivities begin! And what better way than with this Elegant Pomegranate sparkling drink?

This fantastically flavorful drink is just one of the many indulgences from Sima Cohen’s new cookbook Sima’s Healthy Indulgence: 100 Revamped, guilt-free recipes to transform your life.

Sima is a celebrity trainer, nutritionist, wellness expert and life coach with 20 years experience. Her new cookbook has 100 soul-and-stomach satisfying recipes which cover six meals a day (three main courses & three snacks), including nutritious drinks and desserts.

The bonus is that all recipes are designed with less than 10 ingredients to be ready in less than 30 minutes. Continue reading

Kale and Quinoa Salad – Cuisine del Sol Cookbook

This refreshing and delicious Kale and Quinoa Salad is a recipe from the CUISINE del Sol Cookbook supporting Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

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I love it when a delicious dish coalesces with a great cause to create an Olympian outcome! This refreshing and delicious Kale and Quinoa Salad is just such a dish. It comes straight from the CUISINE del Sol Cookbook, the work of several area chefs who put their creative talents (and some fabulous recipes) together to help support Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC).

Having worked as a graphic artist on the Olympics in Albertville, France, Barcelona, Spain and Lillehammer, Norway, I know the talent and dedication it takes to be an Olympian athlete. From all of my years in the food business, I know what it takes to be a successful chef.  The opportunity to meet people from both of these worlds at Melissa’s Produce was an honor. Continue reading