Grilled Ham, Sweet Potato and Swiss Cheese Sandwich

This recipe began as an experiment following a holiday baked ham and sweet potato dinner. Hungry for lunch, and rummaging around in the fridge the next day, I found a significant amount of leftover food (because I always have to be sure there’s enough for everyone to have seconds and still be able to have…

Hazelnut Praline Sweet Potatoes

Warning! If you are diabetic, dieting, or for any other reason trying to control your sugar intake, read no further. If, however, you are looking for new and wonderful ways to indulge during the holiday season, hazelnut praline sweet potatoes might just be for you. The toasty crunch of the caramelized hazelnuts is a nice…

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

When the mercury rises, and the humidity starts to build, it’s nice to have a few refreshing “go to” recipes in your back pocket. Cool green cucumbers and juicy red watermelon provide a colorful, thirst-quenching option. I like to dress this salad with a tangy vinaigrette. The watermelon absorbs some of the dressing as it…

Luxembourger Green Beans

Bou’neschlupp, a Luxembourgese peasant soup, is the inspiration for this simple, nutritious side dish. Green beans, potatoes and onions are gently simmered in seasoned broth until tender. Cooking with broth adds nutrients, and gives the vegetables a rich flavor and texture. I’ve left out the heavy cream and bacon found in the traditional soup, leaving…

Mint

Did you know that one pound of mint oil will flavor 135,000 sticks of gum? The oil is extracted from mint using  a steam distillation process and is highly concentrated. You won’t need nearly that much to enjoy this easy Spring recipe: Grilled Lamb Satay with Herb Dipping Sauce Learn more about mint, or try a couple…

Lemon Ricotta-filled Amaranth Crêpes

Amaranth flour is earthy and fine, and yields light, nut-like crêpes with a delicate texture. The batter consistency is slightly different from one made with a wheat flour base, so use a gentle hand when flipping your crêpes. Fill them with creamy ricotta, flavored with pure lemon zest, and naturally sweetened with just a touch…

Sweet Oranges

Did you know that the sweet orange is the most commonly grown fruit tree in the world? Little wonder with its fruits’ succulent citrus flavor and sweet tangy juices. It’s versatile too, with uses stemming well beyond dining – from perfume-making to producing manicurists’ orangewood sticks. Never mind all that. Try it in this colorful,…

Guinness

Did you know that Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease in 1759 for his original 4 acre brewery site? Since then, the Guinness brewery has grown to cover more than 50 acres, and has become the number one tourist destination in Ireland. The lease no longer applies as the company has since purchased all…

Breakfast Egg Cups

Next time you’re looking for something a little bit different for breakfast, try these egg cups. The smoky ham and cheese melt together for a taste reminiscent of Quiche Lorraine, while the assorted vegetables add savory texture. This recipe can be made without bacon if you prefer eggs and veggies alone – just make sure…

Birthday Bloody Mary

My parents, sister and I always went on vacation in August, and were usually away from home on Janet’s birthday. Those were glorious road trips, staying in funky little holiday cabins and touring local, rarely-visited historic sites. Stopping at a country farm stand in late afternoon, we would often make a meal of fresh sweet…