Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Vegetarian Summer Corn and Vegetable Chowder

Vegetarian Summer Corn and Vegetable Chowder (Vegan Option)

The first of the fresh summer corn is in the markets. So I’m making Vegetarian Summer Corn and Vegetable Chowder. This beautiful and tasty vegetarian chowder is loaded with lots of delicious vegetables and white beans. In fact, it’s a complete meal in a bowl. And if you don’t like hot chowder in the summertime,…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Vegan Eggplant Stuffed with Couscous Salad

Summertime Vegan Eggplant Stuffed with Couscous Salad

The hubby and I have spent a hectic two weeks finding a new place, signing a lease and getting moved in. And then the shock of realizing how much stuff we put in storage. I feel so weighted down with all the STUFF! I created this recipe for Vegan Eggplant Stuffed with Couscous Salad so…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Raspberry Basil Bacon Jam Cheeseburgers

Memorial Day Cheeseburgers with Raspberry Basil Bacon Jam

I love a good cheeseburger, grilling, and summer nights. And since it’s almost Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, all those things are on the menu. I went all out on the cheeseburgers I’m featuring in this post. Homemade brioche buns, raspberry basil bacon jam, aged cheddar, arugula, avocado and a spicy mustard…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Camarones a la Mexicana

Spicy Camarones a la Mexicana for Cinco de Mayo

This year we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with spicy Camarones a la Mexicana or Mexican shrimp. I love the simplicity of this recipe because all you need are some nice large shrimp, a few spices found in most kitchen cabinets, lime juice and some fresh cilantro. It really doesn’t get an easier. And the flavor…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Authentic Potato Gnocchi

My New and Improved Authentic Potato Gnocchi Recipe

The end of an era happened earlier this year. This past January, Daring Cook announced that December 2016 was the last Daring Cook Challenge. Although it’s been awhile since I participated, I’m a little sad to see the challenge go. I made new and strange foods that I probably wouldn’t have considered, expanding my food knowledge…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Today, I’m bringing you a real treat using one of my favorite whole grains, a Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs. The hubby and I fell in love with the simple goodness of farro in Italy, where they’ve been growing and eating farro for around 3,000 years. Maybe longer. Here in the US,…