Panzanella is a popular Tuscan salad made from stale bread tossed with tomatoes, onions, cucumber, fresh herbs and lashings of olive oil. Leave it to those thrifty Italians to come up with such a delicious combination! The bread is soaked in cold water then torn up and tossed with the other ingredients to make this […]

Potatoes Romanoff (thanks Strip House Steakhouse, NY)

Twice baked potatoes have never tasted so decadent baked in a rich, creamy gratin with shallots and cheddar cheese. This dish is one of the signature sides at Strip House, a steakhouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The potatoes need to be baked a day in advance, so plan accordingly. I discovered this recipe […]

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts (thanks to Ina Garten!)

I’ve tried out many recipes for roasted Brussels (my favorite vegetable btw) and this has to be the easiest and tastiest by far. The recipe, courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) is definitely a keeper. I exchanged one ingredient from the original recipe and that was pancetta – I had good quality bacon in […]

Lisa’s Luscious Lentil Salad

This is a healthy, yet delicious and easy salad inspired by my Sister, Lisa.  She served it with baked smoked haddock fillets, but any other fish (salmon, cod, shrimp), or other protein would work equally well.  However the salty, smokiness of the haddock really complimented the  slight heat, and lemon zing of the salad.  Make more than you […]