Artichoke, Lemon and Hazelnut Tagliatelle

artichoke, lemon and hazelnut pasta

I bet you thought I'd gone missing.  There have been moments, this past summer of chaos, I often entertained the thought of going missing.  Or hiding under a rock somewhere. Maybe hiding at my sister's house, poolside, sipping a pretty pink … [Read more...]

Caprese Rosemary Skewers

Caprese Rosemary Skewers drizzled with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Summer has arrived and alfresco dining has begun!  I'm loving these seasonal appetizers that help me use the abundance of rosemary growing in my garden. They're also a delicious way to use summer's sweet cherry tomatoes.  Although if I have a bowl … [Read more...]

Fresh Spinach, Arugula and Lemon Risotto

spinach, arugula and lemon risotto

One of my chicken gals laid an egg today!  Yes, I splattered the good news all over facebook, instagram, and twitter. After my little social media blitz, I joyously announced the good news to my two sassy gals.  To which the reply was less than … [Read more...]

Today, My Heart is Grateful

Roasted Beets, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Bleu Cheese Salad

Today, my heart is filled with overwhelming appreciation.  Friends and family who share in my fear and anxiety, my sadness and hope. Beautiful dishes of food, cookies, desserts and love arriving on my doorstep.  Meant to comfort and heal. Phone … [Read more...]

A Little Spring Love

lemon, cilantro, olive oil, garlic, hummus

The song birds have begun their annual melodies of sweet tunes announcing the arrival of spring. Each morning, at the break of dawn, It sounds like a festival of  little bird choirs outside my window. Making me smile as I slowly wake, I listen … [Read more...]

Shrimp Linguine with Fresh Arugula Lemon Pesto

From the time my two sassy gals were little, I’ve given them this tidbit of advice.  Be aware of your surroundings. Keep alert, watch where you’re going, and watch your step.  Excellent Motherly advice.  Right? Why you ask? Because I am notorious … [Read more...]

Stuffed Olive and Sausage Bites

stuffed olive and sausage bites

There is no doubt the holidays are always a busy time of year.  However, the last few years it’s become a reason to put the brakes on.  Or at least slow down long enough to savor the season. I find myself turning off my computer earlier in the … [Read more...]

Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Balsamic Roasted Figs

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A new page is posting on Karista's Kitchen, "Weeknight Fresh". Fresh, seasonal and delicious recipes that won't make dinner feel like a second job. As a busy Mom, business owner, culinary instructor and food blogger,  sometimes life … [Read more...]

Spicy Gazpacho

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It seems chilled soups have made a comeback this summer and I must say I’m smitten.  I’ve always been a fan of the room temp or chilled concoction, mostly because that's when fresh ingredients taste strongest in flavor. Maybe that’s why I … [Read more...]

Tio Cameron’s Salsa Verde over Grilled Rib Eye Steaks… and a Family Reunion.

This was the summer of the family reunion.  As I’m writing this post, visions of the classic Vacation movies pop into my head (hee hee). For some reason Christmas Vacation seems to come to mind. Nope, I do not belong to the Griswold … [Read more...]

Roasted Broccoli Parmesan

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Sometimes I just can't get enough broccoli.  I love it raw, steamed, stir fried and roasted.  I think roasted is my favorite. Roasting veggies, especially broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts, brings out the most unique and caramelized … [Read more...]