Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Simple Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients: Olive Oil, 1-2 tablespoons Shallots, 2 small or one large Sweet Vidalia Onion, one medium or half of a large onion Garlic, one small clove, smashed Butternut Squash, 1 ½ pounds fresh, seeds removed, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes – Or – buy pre-cut squash fresh from produce section…

Individual Italian Squash Blossoms

Zucchini Squash Flower Blossoms If you have a garden overflowing with zucchini or Italian squash (goo-GOOTZ), you probably have see some beautiful golden flower blossoms!  Please don’t toss-out these EDIBLE flowers before  giving them a try!  Pick them fresh, remove stem, stamen, pistil and rinse under cold water and pat-dry! You can add them to…

Italian Summer Squash- GooGOOTZ

GooGootz: Grandma’s Italian Summer Squash Recipe Ingredients: 2-Italian Squash – Cucuzza (long Italian summer squash aka GoogGOOTZ) about 2 feet long 5 -Potatoes, large – Russet variety works well 1-Onion, large 8-ounce can, Italian tomato sauce. 2-ounces, Olive Oil 3 ½- cups, Water (you can substitute with chicken broth, low sodium) Instructions: Peel the potatoes….

Summer Squash Garden Memories: ‘Goo-GOOTZ’

If you are Italian, grew up with one, or know an Italian you may be familiar with the Italian summer squash called cucuzza (Ko-Koo-tza) or as my grandmother would call it “goo-GOOTZ” – slang for cucuzza! As a child, it was fun to see “goo-GOOTZ”, a gourd, grow in my grandmother’s garden taking on different…

Sauteed Zucchini Over Spaghetti

Sauteed Zucchini  over Spaghetti Ingredients Zucchini.  2- medium, washed and sliced about 14 to 1/8 inch thick Yellow Summer Squash, 1-medium Sweet or Yellow Onion, 1-medium or large Olive Oil, ¼ cup Salt, Black Pepper or Cracked Red Pepper,  to taste. Spaghetti (or pasta of choice), 1-pound Cheese Parmesan or Romano, grate over pasta. Instructions:…

Refreshing Summer “Sangria” Hibiscus Iced Tea

Ingredients: Water                                   6- cups, boiled Hibiscus Tea                     5 to 6- single serve tea bags or pouches Orange                                 1-medium, cut in half Lime                                      1- medium, cut in half Apple                                    ½- medium, optional Blueberries                         ¼ cup whole, optional Strawberries                      ¼ cup, cut in half, optional Mint, Fresh                         Small cluster of leaves still on their…

 Festive Fall Cranberry Beans with Green Beans Cranberry beans also known as Borlotti or Roman beans are white with red speckles (hence the name cranberry). While they lose some of their red markings when cooked, they do have a creamy texture and mild nutty flavor. The fresh cranberry beans are easy to prepare yet they…

Are You Ready To Be Your Own MVP?

If you’re ready, Barbara is ready to help. Using her exclusive MVP approach – Moderation, Variety and Planning – she’ll guide you to a healthier lifestyle and a better overall outlook, through good nutrition and meal planning. Everything she does is completely customized for you… because your lifestyle and nutritional needs are yours and yours…

Savor the flavors of Italy in Brooklyn!

Coming this fall: Join me for a Lunch and Learn this fall as we experience the flavors of Italy at Brooklyn’s Mama Rao’s Restaurant and Pasta Fresca store! Your host, owner Salvatore Rao will lead us through an unforgettable culinary tour of foods for a traditional Italian family meal that includes everything from handmade mozzarella…

Why Choose Barbara Baron?

Barbara Baron is a registered dietitian nutritionist with the Commission on Dietetics Registration and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the past 30 years. She loves sharing her passion for food and nutrition tips with busy health professionals and parents pressured by the demands of work and family. She completed…