Marinated Mushrooms

Among the endless fabulous finds at Trader Joe’s is the garlic marinated mushrooms.  Small mushrooms marinated in vinegar, with spices, garlic, peppers and onion, these are a delicious fat free snack, and also very handy for adding to  salads, a charcuterie platter or a pasta dish.  But once in awhile, the shelf is bare at TJ’s!  Not to worry, though, because it turns out that making your own couldn’t be easier.  This recipe is similar to the  Trader Joe’s version,  but has some added olive oil, which will help with clinging to the pasta or salad ingredients.   Read More

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Blueberry, Almond and White Chocolate Bars

Blueberries and almonds are a power couple.  Not only are they flavor sweethearts, with deliciously complementary tastes, but they both boast significant anti oxidants.  In these buttery bars, they are combined with white chocolate and they truly become a match made in heaven. The recipe comes from Midwest Living magazine, where it was a grand prize winner at a country fair, and here it is tweaked just a little. Read More


Caramelized Onion Tart

To caramelize an onion takes a little time and patience but it is a very worthwhile investment.  Deep golden in color, sweet and rich and flavorful, these simple slivers will elevate any recipe to a tasty new level.  Exhibit A:  This simple onion tart, with its smoky, salty bacon complementing the sweet onions and the cream filling with a touch of nutmeg for just the right degree of richness..  Add some crusty bread, a bottle of wine and a green salad, and you have perfect fare for a midweek summer picnic. Read More


Tortellini Casserole with Chicken and Broccoli

Ah, casseroles… those homey comfort dishes are not glamorous or gourmet, but a satisfying one dish meal is so great for busy week night dinners or when it’s your turn to sign up for  a “Meal train” contribution.  This is a rich and filling meal with cheese and spinach tortellini, broccoli and chicken under a cheese sauce, bread crumbs and basil.  It will freeze like a dream and can be made ahead of time and reheated easily.  This is adapted from a Southern Living recipe. Read More


Margarita Chicken with Mango Salsa

Ahhh, summertime.  Barbecues,  patio dining, fruity cocktails, smoky grilled food, and a recipe for you which can combine all of these delicious attributes.  This healthy and simple recipe requires marinating time, but after that, it comes together in a jiffy.   Chicken breasts are marinated in lime, tequila, garlic and spices,  glazed with honey and topped with a citrus mango salsa.  Serve it with a cilantro-lime rice pilaf, and a spinach salad and enjoy! Read More


Mini fruit tarts

These are the easiest and cutest little fruit tarts– perfect for adding some color and variety to a cookie tray, a brunch buffet or a tea party.  Use a favorite pastry recipe or save a little time by using purchased crust. Read More