California Sushi Rice Bowl

Yield: Makes about 2 servings. Ingredients: 1 cup dry sushi rice (rice cooker measuring cup) 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 1/4 tsp salt 4 oz imitation crab, chopped into small bite-sized pieces 1/2 cucumber, diced 1/4 cup carrots, shredded or matchstick (optional) 1/2 to 1 nori sheet, crumbled or chopped into small…

Arugula-Almond Salad

Ingredients: 1 bag baby arugula (4-5 oz) 1/2 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/3 cup Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette Directions: Place all ingredients in a salad bowl.  Toss and serve. Note: If taking somewhere (i.e. potluck), keep arugula separated from other ingredients until ready to…

French Onion Soup (Vegetarian)

Ingredients 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces (olive oil for vegan) 4 lbs yellow onions, halved and sliced vertically into 1/4-inch-thick slices 2 cups water, plus extra for deglazing 1/2 cup dry sherry 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 6 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 small baguette,…

Orzo Tabouli Salad (Zoe’s Copycat Recipe)

Ingredients: 1 box orzo pasta (about 16 oz) Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette dressing Bag of mixed greens with spinach 1 large cucumber 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved 1 can artichokes, quartered 1/2 cup feta cheese 2/3 cup Greek Kalamata olives, pitted and halved (I have these on the side – I don’t like…

Tomato & Asparagus “Carbonara”

Ingredients: 3 quarts water 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb asparagus, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 4 oz pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (~1 cup) 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4-1/2 tsp ground pepper 2 large eggs 8 oz uncooked penne pasta 1/4 cup fresh basil…

German Soft Pretzels (Brezeln)

When we were in Germany this past summer, I LOVED the fresh hot pretzels that we could get every day.  When we came home, I looked around for a recipe that would bring us that fresh baked flavor: Ingredients – for the Dough:   1 tablespoon yeast 1/4 cup warm water 2 teaspoons sugar 4…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus

One of the teachers at my school introduced me to Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus on Friday, and I gave it a try this weekend.  It’s delicious … satisfies my sweet tooth but without all the guilt. Ingredients:   1 can (15 oz) of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well ¼ cup cashews (level if…

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Artisan Bread

This was my first attempt at a homemade bread in my new cast iron dutch oven and it turned out great! … except that I used wax paper instead of parchment paper and it stuck to the bottom of the loaf of bread.  I ended up cutting off the bottom crust 😦  Next time I’m…

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Ingredients: Bread crumbs Parmesan cheese Butter Olive Oil Salt Black Pepper White Pepper Parsley Basil Scallions Garlic Next time try a variation of this: 1 green onion, finely minced 1/2 tsp minced garlic 1/8 tsp garlic salt 1 Tbsp melted butter 1 tsp oregano leaves 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten 2 Tbsp finely…

Greek Layer Dip

Ingredients: 1 container (8 oz) chives and onion cream cheese spread (sometimes I omit this, and I rarely use the whole 8 oz) 1 – 2 cups hummus (I use this recipe: if doing 8×8 appetizer, I use about half; if doing individual portions, I use the whole batch of hummus) 1 medium cucumber, diced…

Hummus

Ingredients: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon) 1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see our homemade tahini recipe 1 small garlic clove, minced (about 1/3 clove of elephant garlic) 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground…

Panera Spinach & Artichoke Souffle (with Custard)

Ingredients: 3 Tbsp frozen spinach, thawed (1 frozen package = about 16 Tbsp) 3 Tbsp artichoke hearts, minced (1 can = about 12 Tbsp) 2 tsp onions, minced (1 thin slice of a large onion) 1 tsp red bell pepper, minced 4 eggs plus 2 eggs, divided (yolks/whites) 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup grated…