Jeweled Jasmine Rice

A beautiful rice dish with pomegranate arils, cranberries, and pistachios  This dish smells like pure heaven when it’s cooking. Oh my word. I’m still thinking about it. It’s easy to make and great for entertaining, because you can cook the rice (I used Jasmine Minute Rice) an hour before the party and let it hang out. Then…

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Are you ever stumped on what to serve with Mexican food? I take no credit for this. This is my mom’s recipe, a dish she’s honed over years and years of serving Tex-Mex and Mexican food. (She is not Texan but she adapted quickly.) It’s the perfect complement to an array of Mexican dishes and…

Bell Pepper Tilapia with Basmati Rice

This is a happy, easy weeknight dish. I say happy because it’s bright, colorful, full of nutrients and bell peppers always taste like sunshine to me. This is the kind of dish I like to cook during the week when it’s just me because it’s healthy and easy. (Contrary to popular belief, I don’t cook…

First Zucchini Harvest, Served with Lemon-Garlic Panko Crusted Tilapia

My first home-grown zucchini went from garden to table in less than half an hour. You can’t beat that freshness! I’ve never had zucchini that was so creamy before. I adore the bright notes of sun-ripened, garden-fresh tomatoes, the perfect companion for Summer zucchini. If you’ve never had tilapia from Whole Foods, you’re missing out. Whole…