Recipes

Immune Boosting Winter Salad

Immune Boosting Winter Salad

  This recipe has been inspired by Dr. Mark Hyman's documentary series, The Longevity Roadmap - Becoming Young at Any Age.  While watching, I have made mental notes of many of the foods the doctors have highlighted as super foods for reducing inflammation, supporting our immune systems, and being kind to our gut microbiome.  This is a super delicious salad, jam packed with super healthy ingredients to keep us feeling young and full of energy!  I made it this morning and proceeded to half of it immediately.  The other half I packed up and gave to a friend!   Ingredients for...

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Clay Pot Eggplant and Chickpea Ragout

Clay Pot Eggplant and Chickpea Ragout

Clay pots have been used for millennia as a cooking vessel to roast savory, full bodied meals.  I haven't pulled mine out for years, but the flavors in this recipe are brought out beautifully by the clay pot, The photograph doesn't do it justice. The eggplant and onions are aromatic and the fresh tomatoes are brightened by the masala spices.  Chickpeas offer plant based protein, eggplants are a great source of dietary fiber, potassium and B vitamins, and onions are an excellent source of flavonoids such as quercetin that have powerful antioxidant properties.  Add in a healthy amount of The...

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Spanikopita

Spanikopita

Spanikopita is one of our families favorite holiday dishes. Delicious flakey filo is layered over brightly flavored baked spinach and cheese.  This recipe was inspired by our friend and Furies EVOO fan, Phillip Morris.  He shared his mother's secret ingredient, ricotta cheese.  The ricotta elevates the spinach mixture from fabulous to sublime!  Spanikopita is a great stand alone meal or delicious side dish for your holiday dinner or brunch.  Don't be intimidated with working with filo, it is easier than it appears.  Give yourself enough time to thaw frozen filo before you start cooking.  I leave it in it's packaging...

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Avgolemeno Soup - Chicken soup with lemon and egg

Avgolemeno Soup - Chicken soup with lemon and egg

Nothing is more comforting than chicken soup. Avgolemeno's silky texture and tangy, creamy taste makes it truly special.  It is a staple of every Greek household and generations of children have grown up eating this soup.  I like to make my own broth with bone in chicken breasts.  I remove the breast meat to save for another meal, but leave the tender on the bone so that I have chicken meat to add to the soup.  If you are in a pinch for time, chicken stock can be substituted just as easily.  Elegant simplicity at its best! Ingredients: 4 bone in...

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Ribollita (a fancy name for gluten free Minestrone Soup)

Ribollita (a fancy name for gluten free Minestrone Soup)

I made this soup Sunday afternoon after a very cold November Farmer's Market. Our booth was directly across from a vendor selling a beautiful array of fall vegetables.  Next to me, was my friend who sells locally distilled whiskey.  This soup features both: a healthy spread of vegetables and a splash of whiskey.  When serving, I recommend topping with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, and a splash of The Furies EVOO.  For a vegan option, skip the cheese but still add the EVOO.  It was truly out of this world!  Wonderful for an afternoon of football or a light Thanksgiving lunch.   Ingredients:...

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Roasted One Pot Chicken with Kale, Sweet Potatoes and Artichoke Hearts

Roasted One Pot Chicken with Kale, Sweet Potatoes and Artichoke Hearts

An apt name for this meal is chicken roasted with my favorite things. The inspiration for this dish was both utilitarian and slightly selfish.  I needed to make dinner early to feed my teenage boys before hockey practice and what I really wanted was a vegetarian dinner.  This was the perfect compromise, and as it turns out, the boys loved it too, kale and all.  I recommend experimenting with spices, I am often more generous with spices when I cook freehand.   Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 shallot 2 cloves garlic 1 bunch kale, washed and chopped 2 cups cherry...

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Whipped Feta

Whipped Feta

This is a tale of one recipe with two presentations: sweet and savory, brunch or cocktail party.  Whipped feta is smooth, has a complex flavor, and is easy to put together.   I roasted a full pan of tomatoes and EVOO and saved the extra to use in other recipes.   Ingredients: 8oz feta cheese 3oz cream cheese 3T The Furies EVOO 3T water 1t honey 1/4t lemon zest, approximately half a lemon Savory:  heirloom cherry tomatoes 3T EVOO salt & pepper  To prepare: Savory: Preheat oven to 375'. Coat tomatoes in EVOO.  Roast for 20 minutes.  Let cool while making the...

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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

As the weather begins to get colder, I start craving soup.  Ironically, the foods I disliked most as a child, tend to be my favorites as an adult.  Lentil soup is one of my favorites!  This recipe is as healthy as it is delicious.  Lentils are high in fiber, protein and magnesium.  It is seasoned with nutritional powerhouses like turmeric, garlic, paprika and cumin. I like to use organic bone broth in lieu of stock, but vegetable broth can easily be substituted for a vegan option.  At the last minute I threw in some chicken chorizo.  Truth be told, the...

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Simple Greens with Elegant Vinaigrette

Simple Greens with Elegant Vinaigrette

I spent the afternoon visiting with my Aunt Gail today.  She has been my favorite since childhood and has taught me life lessons in and out of the kitchen.  A talented chef in her own right, a version of this salad has graced the table for countless dinner parties.  Gail always makes salad dressing from scratch and usually serves the salad course following the main.  She taught me that a salad doesn't need many ingredients to be delicious and have an elegant presentation.  Belgium endive and radicchio add color, texture and a touch of bitterness to green leaf.  The dressing...

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Peppers Baked with Fresh Tomatoes and Feta

Peppers Baked with Fresh Tomatoes and Feta

These simple roasted peppers were the run away hit of Labor Day weekend and so many people have asked for the recipe.  This one is fun to share because it is super quick and easy to make!  The farmer’s market had an abundance of long Italian peppers and ripe tomatoes.  Garlic, fresh herbs, a hint of jalapeno for heat, feta and EVOO sealed the deal.  One of the tricks to this dish is to let the tomato mixture rest a few minutes before baking the peppers.  This allows the garlic, jalapeno and EVOO to infuse the tomatoes and herbs, heightening...

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