Rise up: Focaccia with Tomato and Mozzarella

tomato mozzarella focaccia recipe

I would never adopt the paleo diet.I know… that’s probably going to stir up some trouble, but if you follow a strict paleo diet and you are reading this article for focaccia with mozzarella, you’ve probably landed here by mistake. I’m not discounting its merit and I applaud those who stick to it because they find […]

Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad

mediterranean chicken and quinoa recipe

It is no wonder the Mediterranean Diet continues to grow in popularity. The fresh, wholesome ingredient approach to cooking provides flavor and nutrition. By using a combination of foods that bring out the best in each other, you can create a plate that is packed with goodness and tastes great, too. This Mediterranean Chicken and […]

Lola Cooks: Orange and Olive Salad

orange and olive salad recipe

As promised, we have more healthy food coming your way this month. Personally, I hope you LOVE this one as much as I do. It is one of my absolute favorite things to eat. This is certainly not an American flavor combination and may make you cringe a bit, but I urge you to try […]

Healthier Snacking: Roasted Chickpeas

roasted chickpea recipe

I am a die-hard popcorn fan. It is my go-to snack. I eat it routinely, although I am always on the lookout for a snack alternative. My criteria is usually salty and crunchy. I also would like it to have at least an element of healthiness, even if only to support my case of rationalization. […]

Summer Fare: Tapas Style

tapas recipes

Summer says patio. It also begs for lighter fare over drinks on the patio. There’s no better way to accomplish this than Tapas Style. These lighter ‘finger food’ recipes are sure to make your outdoor gatherings a hit. Tapas as a meal, especially for outdoors, are brilliant. It keeps the conversation flowing and allows your […]

Today’s Special: Beef & Spinach Tortellini Soup

beef and spinach tortellini soup recipe

We are wrapping up our soup celebration with a super quick and easy recipe that is sure to please. The base of this soup is simply beef stock.  What you add makes it hearty enough to be the meal. It is well-rounded and full of flavor. This reminds me a bit of Italian Wedding Soup […]

Soup du Jour: Smoky Turkey Lentil

smoky turkey lentil soup recipe

I blotted my eyes on my sleeve close to the shoulder to avoid any further onion tears. I looked up, startled to see my son standing there.“You OK?” he asked. “Fine.  I just got a little onion in my eyes… blasted onions.” “You’re chopping a lot of stuff.  What are you making?” “Soup.” “Oh. It smells […]

Lola Cooks: Perfect Hummus

best hummus hummous recipe

I must apologize. It has been a very hectic week. We are deep in the throes of putting together a new home for Lola and all of the Today’s Nest goodness. Additionally, I have taken on some new projects that are taking up a great deal of time… as the initial stages often do. I […]

Two for Tuesday Tips: Working with Oil

quick tips

This Tuesday we are bringing back some tips to help you in the kitchen. Olive oil is instrumental to our kitchen success. Here are a couple of ideas you might not have considered. Tip 1 – Marinate and store cubes of feta in olive oil. Not only will it keep longer, but if you add […]

Know Your Food: Olives

olive basics

Olives are a mainstay in our modern meals, but they have been gracing tables for centuries. Today we cover the basics of olives and share a few facts. Olives are a fruit. They come from trees that are bountiful in specific places throughout the world. The climate plays an important part in the growth of […]