Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Eggs, Entrees, Food Styling & Photography, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Pies and Tarts, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies

Veggie, Bacon & Cheese Tarts in a Toasted Quinoa Crust

I love making savory tarts and pies, but unfortunately I don’t love the carbs and calories that come along with them. It’s also Summertime, and I’m trying to cook and eat lighter than usual…and the Fall season will come soon enough with all that yummy comfort food!… Read More Veggie, Bacon & Cheese Tarts in a Toasted Quinoa Crust

Food Styling & Photography, Guest Feature, Healthy Cooking, Nutrition, NYC, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies

Food Styling for Birds Eye Healthy Eating TV Segment on CBS with Jennette McCurdy!

Last week I got a really fun, unique food styling assignment for Birds Eye Vegetables for a TV segment featuring brand ambassador Jennette McCurdy (Nickelodeon I AM CARLY and Sam & Cat star) on CBS morning show The Couch. Jennette McCurdy talked about her new role in a healthy eating initiative for Birds Eye Vegetables for a multi-week challenge for families to seize the fun and ‘Rewrite the Dinnertime Rules’ leading up Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play this fall.… Read More Food Styling for Birds Eye Healthy Eating TV Segment on CBS with Jennette McCurdy!

Book Reviews, Desserts, Food Styling & Photography, Fruit, Gluten-Free Recipes, Grilled Recipes, Guest Feature, Healthy Cooking, NYC, Salads, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies

Food Styling for Dr. Neal Barnard on the Joy Behar: Say Anything TV Show!

Last week I had the fantastic opportunity to cook and do food styling for a special healthy food segment on the “Joy Behar: Say Anything!” TV Show featuring Dr. Neal D. Barnard, M.D., founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Dr. Barnard sits down with guest host Marilu Henner to discuss how saturated fat makes you sluggish and which colored foods are good for your brain and improve memory. … Read More Food Styling for Dr. Neal Barnard on the Joy Behar: Say Anything TV Show!

Chef Interviews, Food and Drink Events, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Guest Feature, Lifestyle, Markets, NYC, Restaurant Reviews, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized, Veggies

Blue Hill New York – a well deserved James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant

I had the recent opportunity to have an intimate conversation with Trevor Kunk, Chef de Cuisine of Blue Hill New York about their history, philosophy, cuisine and thoughts on their recent James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant 2013. We sat in the charming back patio garden room as he told me the story of the… Read More Blue Hill New York – a well deserved James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant

Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Sauces, Savory Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Parmesan Garlic Shells with Spinach, Zucchini and Ham

This is a super easy and tasty dish that I whipped up one night with some of the ingredients I had on hand. It’s a light and savory pasta dish made with large shell pasta, sauteed spinach, zucchini and ham with garlic and a creamy parmesan alfredo sauce, with a few sprinkles of red pepper… Read More Parmesan Garlic Shells with Spinach, Zucchini and Ham

Baking, Comfort Food, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Spring Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

A lighter and healthier classic comfort food: Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods to indulge in during the Winter time, but as soon as Spring is approaching, I like to lighten up this classic recipe by substituting lots of fresh vegetables like mushrooms, carrots, zucchini and spinach in place of the ground beef or sausage that is used in the… Read More A lighter and healthier classic comfort food: Vegetable Lasagna

Asian Food, Chef Interviews, Food Reviews, NYC, Restaurant Reviews, Things I Love, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian, Veggies

Beyond Sushi NYC: An Artful Approach to Vegan Sushi

On a recent visit to BeyondSushi,  a Japanese Vegan Sushi restaurant in the East Village in NYC, I had the opportunity to meet the Founder and Chef (and Hell’s Kitchen Finalist!) Guy Vaknin, to discuss his innovative and artful approach to traditional Sushi. Chef Guy came up with the idea for his vegan Sushi concept… Read More Beyond Sushi NYC: An Artful Approach to Vegan Sushi

Healthy Cooking, Lifestyle, NYC, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies

NYC Green Cart Initiative: Creating new jobs and promoting healthy living with Mobile Food Carts and Fresh Food Packs

In 2008, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund partnered with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to launch the NYC Green Cart Initiative, which uses mobile food carts to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables in these underserved neighborhoods in and around NYC. The initiative has created hundreds of new jobs and… Read More NYC Green Cart Initiative: Creating new jobs and promoting healthy living with Mobile Food Carts and Fresh Food Packs

Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Healthy Cooking, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Soups, Stews, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian, Veggies, Winter Recipes

Italian White Bean, Vegetable & Pasta Soup

I always look forward to the season change to Autumn – there’s something calming to the beautiful colors of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, and sunny skies. It’s a time of harvesting and celebration of autumnal fruits of the earth mixed with a sadness for the upcoming cold Winter months. I love the heartier, warming… Read More Italian White Bean, Vegetable & Pasta Soup

Appetizers, Baking, Entrees, Fall Recipes, French Recipes, Pies and Tarts, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

A LOVE-ly Spinach, Artichoke & Ricotta Tart

With all the cooking I’ve been doing lately, I’ve decided to mix it up and experiment with some baking.  I’m obsessed with savory tarts and quiches – perfect comfort food for this cold Winter we’re having in New York. I also haven’t played with puff pastry too much, so I though a free-form Spinach, Artichoke… Read More A LOVE-ly Spinach, Artichoke & Ricotta Tart

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