Membrillo (Quince Paste)


Quince paste, or membrillo in Spanish, is a fantastic accompaniment to a Spanish cheese board at a tapas party.  Membrillo is traditionally served with Manchego (sheep's milk) cheese and the sweet-salty combination is intoxicating!  Membrillo is sweet like a jam but it has a really interesting floral taste that makes it a very unique and special … [Read more...]

Coffee & Chili Steak Rub

Spice up your Memorial Day menu with this smoky, sweet and spicy steak rub.  It will add a ton of flavor to your streaks without overwhelming a good cut of meat.  Have everyone try to guess your secret ingredient – most people won’t be able to identify the coffee.    I like to use this rub on flat iron steaks, cooked medium-rare, sliced against … [Read more...]

Farmer’s Market Spring Dinner Menu


After a stop at my local farmer's market I was inspired to make the following menu for a dinner in honor of my mother-in-law.   Asparagus and rhubarb are at their best time time of year, as are ramps.  As rhubarb cooks, its juices act as a natural thickener, making it an amazing sauce for ice cream or cake.  Rhubarb's tart, vibrant flavor is … [Read more...]

Recipe:: Crustless Spinach Quiche

Crustless Spinach Quiche |

    In my house we actually call this a fritatta (even though it's baked in the oven instead of on the stove top).  Somehow calling it a fritatta rather than a quiche made my husband more excited about it.  Is a fritatta more masculine than a quiche?  I don't know.  But I do know that this has become a brunch favorite among my … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Low-fat Granola & Berries

fresh fruit

Yogurt and berry parfaits are a great brunch treat.  You can use homemade granola (recipe for low-fat granola is below) or a store-bought granola to make it a really quick dish to serve.  Layer your favorite type of yogurt (vanilla Greek yogurt is my favorite to use for parfaits) on the bottom of a glass.  Add a layer of granola and then a layer of … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Brunch Menu


Your mom is sure to be pleased with this refreshing, hip and healthy brunch menu.  This menu is also perfect for a baby or bridal shower brunch/ lunch.  I will post some of the recipes later today and tomorrow.   A few notes: Neufatchel cheese is similar to cream cheese but is naturally lower in fat and its velvety texture makes it more … [Read more...]