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Herbed Ricotta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

The Recipes: First, a quick summer appetizer but ever so memorable! The roasted tomatoes warm the ricotta, leaving it extra-creamy and slightly garlicky. What an appetizer! Or, how about this? Just pour a glass of crisp, cold white wine and call it dinner!Second, Easy Radish Spread, a crowd favorite, familiar ingredients in a surprising combination. Last, Pita Crisps, yes, make them easily at home too! The Conversation: If “you’ve got milk” then “you’ve got ricotta”. Yes, it’s that easy to make ricotta at home. This recipe is so quick and easy
that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes.
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Got milk? We all recognize the slogan from the dairy industry’s ads featuring celebrities with milk-mustached upper lips.But here’s a new version. “Got milk? Got ricotta.”Yes, homemade fresh ricotta is as close as your refrigerator. It requires only a …

Ratatouille Omelettes

Who's seen the new movie, Ratatouille? It's such a fun movie, for both kids and adults, and features -- get this! -- a rat who learns about life while learning how to make ratatouille (pronounced rat-a-TOO-ee), the classic French dish that's been a personal favorite for many years. Here, I share the recipe for a quick-cook ratatouille and wrap it in omelettes for a quick supper or hearty breakfast. Ratatouille is fresh summer goodness flick-wise and food-wise for Little Chefs and big chefs both.Last week I chose my words carefully with a 13-year old. “Do you like rat-a-TOO-ee?” Not unexpectedly, he was certain I meant this summer’s Disney hit movie and flashed a grin. “We haven’t seen it yet but we’re going to!” But when I asked if he knew that ratatouille is food, too, his eyes filled, as if the idea of ratatouille for supper meant eating, well, Wilbur or Bambi or Nemo.So parents, here’s the chance to introduce the family to eggplant, whose plump globes are inexpensive an…

Those Pink Potatoes

Summers back, friends hosted a backyard potluck, convening spirited folk from the different corners of their lives. The midsummer night was steamy, the kids rambunctious, the trees a rainbow of colored light, the Jimmy Buffet dulcet.Food-wise, the talk of the party was the ‘pink potatoes’, a delicious make-ahead dish perfect for family dinners and friendly potlucks since it’s good both hot and barely warm. The beets and potatoes remain distinct but also melt together somehow in a tantalizing way.THAT PINK SALAD My Canadian relatives make a family-dinner favorite routinely requested as, “You know, that ‘pink’ salad”. For my version, just toss romaine lettuce with toasted sunflower seeds, drained mandarin oranges and chopped red onion. Just before serving, barely wet the greens with a dressing whizzed in the blender: ¼ cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons reserved mandarin orange syrup, some red onion, ½ teaspoon dry mustard, a teaspoon of salt – plus…

Chicken Greek Salad

A traditional Greek salad, with chicken added, it's familiar and new at the same time. The time saver for an at-home meal? Rotisserie chicken! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipes ~
~ Chicken Greek Salad ~
~ Simple Hummus ~


"Drive By" not "Drive Through"Summer nights create a thousand ready reasons to skip supper at home in the kitchen. Little League and bike rides that run long. An after-work happy hour on a breezy patio. Lawn mowing. A family outing to the zoo. Day games. An oh-so-pretty-nobody-wants-to-leave afternoon at the pool.An obvious answer to the 'What’s for supper?' question is drive-through food on the way home. Instead, think about drive-by food on the way home.Drive by the grocery, grab a rotisserie chicken (a busy parent’s miracle food if there ever is one) and a few vegetables. Get home. Kick off the shoes. Assemble the salad. Plate. Somebody pour the milk, please! Pray. Eat. Enjoy. Don't Forget the Hummus!Hummus is the chickpea paste serve…