Entries by Diane Henderiks

Dish with Diane: David Burke

David Burke is a pioneer of modern American cooking and an award winning chef with countless accolades. In the mid-1980s, he brought new techniques and new styles of food to the table at the River Café in New York City.             David was one of the first chefs, if not THE first chef, […]

Delicious Double Duty School Snacks

It’s that time of year again. Back to planning school lunches, after school snacks and weekday dinners. I’ve got you covered in the healthy snack department! Here are 5 days, that’s a whole school weeks worth, of simple, healthy & delicious homemade snacks for the lunchbox or anytime. These are snacks that you can feel […]

Scrumptious Simplicity

Simplicity: sim·plic·i·ty \sim-ˈpli-sə-tē, -ˈpli-stē\ The state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded Simple things in life make us happy like the smell of a flower, a melting piece of chocolate in your mouth, a snowflake on your tongue, that first sip of coffee, petting a dog or a long bath. There is nothing complicated about these […]

Diane’s Sweet & Spicy Japchae Slaw

Print Yum Ingredients:Slaw 1 package/340g sweet potato noodles (Dangmyeon) 1 head of napa cabbage, thinly sliced 1/2 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced 5 green onions, thinly sliced – reserve 1/4 cup for garnish 3 carrots, peeled and shredded 3 cups baby kale or spinach 2 orange or yellow peppers, thinly sliced 1/2 cup chopped […]

Diane’s Coffee Marinade

Print Yum Ingredients:1/2 cup strong brewed coffee 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper Step-by-Step Directions:Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Use as a marinade […]

Watermelon, Feta & Mint Sandwich Bites

Print Yum Ingredients:8 slices of watermelon; 1.5″ square X .5″ tall (approximately) 4 slices of feta; same size 4 leaves of mint; I love chocolate mint for this Drizzle of my Concord grape balsamic molasses Step-by-Step Directions:Assemble as pictured Drizzle with molasses Enjoy!0.1http://www.dianehenderiks.com/watermelon-feta-mint-sandwich-bites/

7 Simple Scrumptious Swaps for Healthier Cooking

Are you looking for a way you make your favorite dishes healthier? Or maybe you’re trying to lose a few pounds? Here are 7 simple cooking swaps from that will cut calories and amp up nutrition  without sacrificing taste. 1. Added Oil vs. Broth One tablespoon of olive oil has about 12o calories and one […]

Earth Day Eating

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated worldwide yearly on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection.. The very first Earth Day was in 1970 and this celebration is still going strong. The Earth Day Network coordinates events around the globe and more than 190 countries participate each year! This day offers a […]

Fennel, Parsley & Celery Salad, Meyer Lemon Caper Vinaigrette

Print Yum Ingredients:For the salad 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced – I use a veggie spiralizer and it works great 5 stalks of celery, sliced crosswise as thinly as possible 1 loose cup of flat leaf Italian parsley leaves For the dressing 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice* 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 […]

10 Tips for Starting Spring Seedlings

Woke up, got out of bed, slid the door open to let the dogs out and was welcomed by unusually warm air and beaming sun rays. At that moment I experienced the vibe changing Aha! Mother Nature moment of an early Spring. My mind’s eye saw sunny days, gloveless morning walks, breakfast on the beach and […]

Diane’s Dish On…Eggplant

  Eggplant, aka aubergine, belongs to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers, and potatoes. There is a dimple at the blossom end which can be very round or oval in shape. The round ones seem to have more seeds and tend to be less meaty, so select the oval dimpled […]

Diane’s Natural Flavor Boosters ~ Part One

It’s simple to add fantastic flavor to dishes without bathing them in fat, sugar and salt. For years, healthy cooking seems to have been placed in a category of its own. There’s Latin, Asian, Indian and Healthy. What’s up with that? It just takes a little finesse, the right cooking techniques and wholesome ingredients to […]

Simple and Delicious Breakfast Ideas

If you are like most, the alarm goes off, you roll over and push the snooze button until there is no other option than to get out of bed. Quick shower, get dressed then it’s off to the races! But what about breakfast? We have all heard that it is the most important meal of […]

Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

Print Yum Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns Ingredients:1 small spaghetti squash – cut in half, seeds removed olive oil salt and pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1 egg – lightly beaten 1 tablespoon olive oil Step-by-Step Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle oil over squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place […]

Diane’s Jammin’ Jalapeno~Tomatillo Hot Sauce

Print Yum Diane’s Jammin’ Jalapeno~Tomatillo Hot Sauce Ingredients:20 tomatillos (husked and washed) 20 jalapeno peppers (stemmed and seeded) 10 garlic cloves (peeled) 15 mini sweet peppers (stemmed) 1 Vidalia onion (peeled and quartered) 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon kosher salt Step-by-Step Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place first […]

Diane’s Cool As a Cucumber Dip

Print Yum Ingredients:1 cup plain non fat Greek Yogurt 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon paprika 2 cucumbers; peeled, seeded and finely chopped 1/4 cup fresh dill; finely chopped […]

Diane’s Poblano & Red Bell Pepper Chimichurri

Print Yum Ingredients:1/3 cup rice wine vinegar 3 minced garlic cloves 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion 1/2 cup diced Red bell pepper 1/4 cup diced Poblano peppers 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano 1 teaspoon freshly grated black […]

Concord Grape & Balsamic Molasses

Print Yum Concord Grape Molasses Ingredients:4 cups Concord grape juice+ 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup sugar, honey or agave 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juiceStep-by-Step Directions:Heat juice, vinegar, sugar, and lemon juice in saucepan over medium high until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about an hour or until […]

Simple & Delish Pesto Chicken

Print Yum Simple & Delish Pesto Chicken Ingredients:FOR THE PESTO: 3 cups loosely packed fresh herb leaves+ 2 tablespoons of your favorite nuts (shelled) 1 clove garlic (crushed) 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese (freshly grated) 2 tablespoons olive oil water to thin 4 chicken breasts (pounded semi-thin) 5 tablespoons shredded Parmigiano Reggiano 2 Campari tomatoes – […]