This Thanksgiving, are you looking for a side dish that will impress but its prep is straightforward and has a delicious finish? You have found it here! This dish originally caught my eye when I was looking for regional recipes after a late summer trip to Provence, France. Food in Provence is simple, fresh and delicious. Provençal Vegetable Gratin represents the region and its flavor well. Enjoy! This recipe was inspired by Saveur. Provencal Vegetable Gratin (serves 6-8 s
Your family will be together for the upcoming holidays and you are stressed about the meal you are hosting. Aunt Susie is newly gluten free. You also think your brother’s girlfriend is a vegan. What should you do to accommodate these dietary restrictions? Most importantly, how can you be a good host while managing the menu and keeping your sanity? Try approaching this meal with three simple steps: 1. Understand your guest’s dietary restrictions. 2. Work out the base menu.
It is often difficult to find tasty, pre-packaged, whole grain crackers. That’s why I am excited to share this recipe with you! It is amazingly easy (trust me!) and there are so many variations to try: cheese, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds. These will be a perfect addition to any favorite dips or spreads you may be bringing to parties this season. Be ready to impress your friends! I have also provided a gluten-free version of this recipe (see parenthesis) that my friend S
Valentine’s Day is a day I love to celebrate. When my girls were little, we would have their friends over for crafts and everything pink. Of course, I would treat them to a pink smoothie. Here is a newer recipe my son John created for us made with simple ingredients: milk, yogurt and strawberries. What’s not to love about this pink smoothie? It’s rich in dairy which delivers nine essential vitamins and minerals in each glass, including calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
Looking for a quick appetizer to bring to a party? Fill Belgian endive ends with goat cheese, top them with some pomegranate seeds and finish with a drizzle of honey and a grind of fresh black pepper. My insider’s tip is that Trader Joe’s sells already seeded pomegranates (and Belgian endive, goat cheese, and honey). That’s all you need for this recipe in one stop. It’s that easy! These were featured on NBC5 Chicago “No Fuss Appetizers”. Click here to check it out! Endiv
Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. Sharing a meal of thanks with family and friends is a cherished tradition that keeps our nation truly special. In the tradition of sharing, I’ve got a recipe for you! What makes Sweet and Savory Wild Rice Bake unique is that it satisfies many different needs at your holiday table: it’s vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and very tasty! It’s the dish I’m bringing to my family’s feast. Happy Thanksgiving! Sweet
This is a recipe I make once a year on St. Patrick’s Day. I was relieved when I first discovered it in the Chicago Tribune over 20 years ago to make for my new Irish husband. It isn’t a typical Myplate2yours recipe, but for St. Patrick’s Day, I had to share this annual treat with you (thanks to the encouragement of some Irish friends!). You’ll find that as soon as it comes out of the oven, this sweet, tender bread is irresistible and you may not wait a whole year to make i
Eggplants come in different sizes, shapes and colors. I never peel my eggplant so I prefer the smaller purple varieties. Smaller eggplants tend to have a softer skin. Purple eggplants have more phytonutrients compared to the white or lighter varieties. Roasted Vegetables with Eggplant is a deliciously easy side for a holiday table. Not only did I make this recipe for our Thanksgiving dinner, our family enjoyed it for dinner this past week. And we can’t wait to have it ag