Category Archives: What’s Cooking at SRP?

Creamy Ham and Cabbage Chowder

Leftover ham makes a quick, comforting, family-friendly meal Like many families, mine often has surplus ham after our Easter celebrations. And every year, I’m on a mission to try to repurpose it in unusual ways, outside the standard “ham sandwiches.” I use the leftovers for all manner of things: omelets and frittatas, pasta, Chinese fried […]

Grain-Free Crepe Pinwheels with Smoked Salmon and Herbed Cheese: Brunch and Beyond

Wow, it’s hard to believe that we’ve passed yet another month; at long last, we are through the dregs of dwindling winter vibes, and all the bountiful colors, heavenly scents, and lovely animated sounds of spring are finally in full-swing! This season always calls for celebration and transformation at my house. Windows opened wide, closets […]

Jamaican Oxtail Stew: A Soul-Satisfying One-Pot Meal

I am constantly on the lookout for exciting, innovative ways to broaden my palate and my culinary knowledge. Sure, I have my favorite fallback flavors, for which I will always hold a special fondness, but branching out of my comfort zone with unusual spices, meat cuts, and produce keeps things interesting, and more times than not, winds up creating new favorites.   Such is the case with this Jamaican oxtail […]

Wine-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Mushrooms

Spring Flavors, Winter Comfort The transition between winter and spring can often be a little challenging for the home cook. Market shelves are unpredictable, and the quality and taste of produce is heavily dependent on whether the season cooperates in prime growing areas. Not to mention, at this time of year, it can be hot […]

Lemon Egg Yolk Cake with Honey Cream Cheese Drizzle

A Sweet Treat to Celebrate Spring It’s my birthday today; and it’s a big one. Or at least that’s what everyone seems to be telling me…. Me? I’m kind of feeling somewhat neutral about it all. Not that I’m uninterested in celebrating the occasion, but I don’t really feel an urge to commemorate this one […]

Daikon Carbonara: Reinventing a Roman Classic

The road to more healthful eating can often feel daunting. Less-optimal temptations beckon us from every corner: refined and adulterated ingredients, toxic quantities of sugars, and questionable additives abound. And to top it all off, even when you think you might be making a healthy choice, much of the information out there is conflicting, misleading, […]

Lebanese Spiced Lamb Shoulder Chops with Sumac-Onion Relish

Fundamental Middle Eastern Flavors I’ve been rather enamored with the bold, exotic flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean regions for quite some time. Growing up, I was fortunate to experience the influence of Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese cultures, though I barely ventured outside my comfort zone—pita, hummus, shawarma, and the like. As I’ve matured, I’ve discovered […]

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

A Grain-Free Take on a Middle Eastern Classic Those who have been reading my blog for some time now, might know that one of my favorite things to do is revamp classic recipes, to make them more wholesome and fitness-forward, and to suit restrictive diets and alternative lifestyles. Those who are new to the site, […]

Spinach-Crusted Cod with Lemon-Leek Sauce

Fresh, Fast, and Family-Friendly I always start getting a hankering for spring towards the end of February. Funny, because we really haven’t had much of a winter this year (though there is presently snow on the ground…finally!). I think this is simply hardwired into my brain from growing up in the Pacific Northwest, where the […]

Herbed Dijon Roast Pork Tenderloin and Veggies

Save Time, Money, and Your Health with One-Pan Meals in Minutes One of the most common reasons people have trouble making home-cooked meals is the time it takes. I get it; after a long, hard day, sometimes the mere thought of cooking is more than I feel like taking on. The last thing people want […]

Peanut-Curry Chicken Salad: Wholesome Meal-Prepping Spells Success

We’re well into the second month of 2019, a reasonable point to look back and assess any health goals we set for the year. It’s a great time to congratulate ourselves on our progress and hard work, and also to attend to any essential adjustments needed to assure we stay on track with mindful eating. […]

Zabaglione Custard for Two: An Italian Classic Gets an Inositol Makeover

Even though I’ve never been a staunch Valentine’s Day enthusiast—believing instead in exhibiting my adoration for those I care for every day of the year—I have still always relished sharing the love with others by preparing the most heavenly little desserts for two, going all the way back to my days as a pastry chef. […]

Sweet-and-Spicy Brussels Sprout Bites: Touchdown-worthy Party Snacks

Many moons ago, eight years to be exact, my entire life as I knew it changed. I remember it vividly—we were in the midst of a lovely snow storm; I had stayed up far too late reading Harry Potter and woke up mere hours later, realizing my daughter-to-be was ready to meet the world. And […]

Lemon-Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Blackberry Coulis: A Tart and Sweet Sugar-free Treat

January is a great time for fresh starts and for making changes to improve our health and wellbeing. Well, really, I suppose any time is a great time to harness healthy habits, but the new year is certainly one of the most popular times. I’m guessing many of you readers have made some conscious efforts […]

Skillet-Baked Eggs & Sausage with Kale and Kabocha Squash

I rely on eggs a lot for a quick and nutrient-dense protein source. They’re one of my all-time favorite foods: delicious, packed with tons of high-quality vitamins and fats, and limitless versatility. Plus, I can whisk up a couple eggs, pour them in a hot, buttered pan, and literally be sitting down to eat in […]

Family Favorite: Ramen Bowls for Two

Homemade and Healthy in a Hurry I don’t really do New Year’s “Resolutions.” They’re vague, usually ignore the many steps needed for completion, and don’t really come with any sort of self-accountability. And because of this, they are easy to abandon when instant results aren’t achieved. Goals are more my cup of tea: realistic (if […]

Seared Sea Scallops in Bubbly Butter Sauce: Ringing-in a Scrumptiously Festive New Year

The last twelve months have been so full of big happenings for me, it’s hard to believe it all fit into one year! Some events were terribly challenging: strings of trials that tested every ounce of my patience, peace, and perseverance. But these were offset by many things that were incredibly awesome and expansive. And […]

Celebration Torta di Ricotta with Warm Browned-Butter Caramel Apples

An original take on a traditional Italian cheesecake. I’ve always been a fan of cheesecake—at least, the more familiar American-style, made with cream cheese and a graham cracker crust. The richness, the dense texture, the combination of tart and sweet… I’m really not sure what took me so long to get with the program, but […]

Rack of Lamb with Tomato-Rosemary Butter

Anyone who’s been reading my blog over the years knows I hold a distinct fondness for lamb. It’s a sentimental thing for me, and a main staple of the island where I grew up. We didn’t eat a whole lot of red meat in my family—mostly poultry and fish and the occasional roast. For most […]

Whipped Feta Crostini with Avocado, Pomegranate, and Pistachios

A Moroccan-inspired holiday hors d’oeuvre The final month of the year has arrived, and with it an abundance of fresh, vibrant energy and seasonal cheer! I love so many things about this time of year. As a mother, it is fun to see the joy and awe in my daughter’s eyes when we decorate the […]