• Basil Pesto

    Basil Pesto

    Basil Pesto for President!!! All summer long I enjoy beautiful homegrown or market bought basil in the form of Pesto. Basil Pesto is the bomb. Seriously! This Pesto is so versatile… It pairs well with a variety of dishes. The recipe is very simple and it is nut-free. Not because I can’t have nuts, I just never added them to the recipe to start and I feel it’s just as delicious without. If you feel so inclined, add a good handful of pine nuts or walnuts to your batch. Have you ever made pesto and it turned brownish and yucky by the next day? Yeah, it’s happened to me a…

  • Creamed Spinach with Eggs

    Creamed Spinach with Eggs

    Me and this Creamed Spinach with Eggs dish, go way back to my childhood in Romania. My mother made this Creamed Spinach with Eggs dish often and I imagine it was due to the fact that this is a very inexpensive meal to make and that it’s quick to get on the table for a family of five. It’s also very delicious and filling. Sorry Mom but, I made this my own with a few added ingredients. 🙂 All you need is some essential kitchen ingredients and cooked greens. I used spinach here, but you can substitute with whatever cooked greens you wish. Like: Swiss chard, dandelion greens, etc. I…

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    Cranberry Apple Muffins

    Fall is upon us, my friends! It is my favorite season of them all. Why? Because I love the cooler temperatures, open windows, long sessions of stove top cooking, baking, and all the spices and aromas that come with the season. Give me all the cinnamon, apples, pumpkins and these seasonal Cranberry Apple Muffins. I’m a sucker for it all. This easy muffin recipe is perfect to awaken your fall senses. The apples, cinnamon and cranberries make a great satisfying mix and are great for on the go eating. These are ideal for a quick breakfast especially when warmed up a tad with a touch of butter. Yum!  Because butter…

  • Zucchini Bread with Chia Seeds and Almonds

    Zucchini Bread with Chia Seeds and Almonds

    Happy Friday, friends!! What a perfect and rainy day to do some summer baking. I have been working on perfecting this Zucchini Bread recipe this spring. I made several versions of it, with different ingredients, and this Chia Almond version won. It is so delicious, seasonal and on the healthier side. I made it with only 1/2 cup of sugar and added coconut oil instead of generic oil. The addition of the Chia Seeds and raw almond slices, give it a nice texture. I sprinkled the top with Domino Honey Granules and more almonds to give it a nice sweet, crunchy crust. The zucchini keeps the inside nice and moist…

  • Prosciutto Wrapped Eggs

    The Brunch Edition

    This brunch came together due to the rainy, icy Sunday we had last week. Thank you, Spring! In a way I’m thankful but then I’m not. This ugly weather canceled our plans for the day and we were confined, yet again, to the house. What’s better than spending the day cooking and eating?? Especially when you’re in the house with all your loves and you have delicious mimosas and beermosas flowing… Not a whole lot, right?! In comes The Brunch Edition. Everyone loves brunch! I even got my husband to love brunch. When we first met he proclaimed that he didn’t eat breakfast, EVER. I was shocked as I love…

  • Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon

      Happy weekend, friends! When your kids ask for pancakes for breakfast you don’t deny them. You make them and then reward yourself with a couple, or five. These Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon are to die for. Of course my kids did not eat these as they prefer their pancakes plain with syrup. So scratch the poppy seeds in this recipe for a batch of plain delicious pancakes. I love anything with Poppy Seeds so much. My obsession started when I was growing up in Eastern Europe. It’s a very popular dessert filling especially around the holidays.  So I found this Poppy Seed Pastry Filling at my local Kroger.…

  • Flavorful Egg White Omelet

    Good morning, friends! It is just another Saturday morning in the Hiller household. Why is it that on weekdays the kids need to be woken up but on weekends they wake up just fine and super early too?! I will never understand… I am a breakfast lover. Are you?  This is a quick and easy breakfast that could be made with a variety of ingredients. For example: Replace the mozzarella cheese with Feta cheese and add a little red onion to saute with the spinach for a Greek style omelet. I used the egg whites only, because I had them leftover from a dessert I made. Feel free to use…

  • Oatmeal Power Bowl

    Who said that oatmeal had to be served sweet all the time?? Don’t get me wrong, I love my oatmeal with brown sugar, a side of fruit, honey or nut butter. But this version is so much better for a savory breakfast, healthy lunch or dinner option. I used Coach’s Oats for this recipe and followed the directions on the package to make the oatmeal. I substituted the water with organic Chicken Broth (I had some left over from another meal and I was happy to not waste it) and seasoned it with salt, pepper and Za’atar. Then I sautéed a half of a red pepper, garbanzo beans and added…

  • No-Rise Pastry Dough

    Okay… I’m starting to like baking more and more. Not a pro at it by any means, but I definitely have fun with it. This pastry dough, I experimented with last weekend. It requires zero rising time. I like that as its quick and so good! I made Poppy Seed Pastries, as well as Strawberry Mascarpone Rolls. Both turned out delicious and were eaten for breakfast with coffee or as a sweet treat after dinner or before bed… oops! I love poppy-seed rolls. If you ask any Eastern European about these delicious treats, they will know exactly what you are talking about. These rolls were a staple at every holiday…

  • Sage and Blackberry Scones

    Sage and Blackberry Scones

    I know, it’s technically still summer. But it sure feels like fall here in Michigan. The cool temps are quite refreshing and perfect for baking. These Sage and Blackberry Scones were a real treat over the long weekend. I’m not sure about you, but I really enjoy a nice cup of coffee with a savory treat or two. Cover me up with a light blanket on the couch, and I’m content. Except, it wouldn’t last very long. Ahhh the mom life! Luckily I have a decent imagination. These Sage and Blackberry Scones are a real treat paired with a cup of coffee. Pure buttery goodness! Anyways, I love how versatile…