Family Meals Nourish Confidence, Conversation and Compassion

Amid September’s back-to-school days with sports activities in full swing,  my guess “what parents really, really, really want (well maybe) is to sit down to at least one meal together as a family! According to a 2017 report of Family Meals Institute (FMI), Americans want, first and foremost, to eat “at home together” and secondly…

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…

Cruise at a Comfortable Altitude with This Snack Hack!

Are you flying this Spring or Summer? Whether you are flying for vacation or your job, airport eating can be a challenge. This is a sneak peak of snack-hacks that I recently shared in an article to be published in Speaker Magazine, for members of the National Speakers Association who must have runway ready snacks for…

 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…

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup wasn’t born from  traditional wedding ‘food-fare’! Instead it refers to the “marriage” of flavors and textures from green vegetables with meat for a soup (minestra). The English translation from the Italian “minestra maritata” means “married soup”! I enjoy making this soup to serve on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as a prelude to…