Cooking and Chef Recipes

Rosemary-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Diva Shortbread Cookies

‘Tis the season for sweets, and this year the divas are indulging with a classic shortbread, but with a twist: a touch of fresh rosemary and a splash of rose water. Just enough mystery to leave your guests whispering, “what’s the secret ingredient in these addictive little cookies?”

This recipe was shared by a Florida herb farmer for Pam’s cookbook “Field to Feast,” and the fresh rosemary adds a fragrant, evergreen essence that’s perfect for the winter holidays. These cookies freeze beautifully, so you can bake ahead – then package them up in cellophane with a pretty ribbon for an edible hostess gift.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Bliss-que

Divas Pumpkin Bisque

For those of us who have wrestled a fresh pumpkin with sharp knife and lived to tell the tale, it's hardly surprising that we look so longingly at the canned variety. No longer is canned pumpkin strictly a shortcut for the quickie pumpkin pie. With all the nutritional bennies of squash, canned pumpkin fortifies sweet treats such as puddings, cookies, cakes and trifles, as well as creamy soups and bisques.

This bisque takes you on a culinary journey to Southern India. With richly toasted spices and creamy coconut milk, it’s a perfect starter to grace the holiday buffet with a festively exotic twist.

Sassy Sauté of Purple Cabbage

Purple Cabbage

Though we all crave a comforting mound of creamy, smashed taters, a sassy sauté of purple cabbage, toasted walnuts, balsamic vinegar and creamy goat cheese creates a warm side dish that is loaded with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C.

This zippy dish could be a sassy new side for Thaksgiving, but you also can enjoy as a lo-carb, veggie main course any time. With gorgeous color and tons of diva style, it comes together in about 10 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to catch up with the relatives on turkey day.

Flab-u-lous Free-tata

Frittata Divas

Quick and easy frittatas, made with convenient, pourable egg whites, aren’t just for breakfast anymore. You can purchase the organic variety of egg whites sans preservatives or additives, and the calorie load is practically nonexistent, with only 250 calories in two full cups.

Like a blank canvas, the frittata reflects your culinary penchants. A small amount of feta, goat, or Romano packs more punch than a mild Cheddar or Monterey Jack. Go nuts, be seedy, and scour the pantry for forgotten gourmet goodies: tapenade, pesto and jars of roasted peppers and eggplant.

Or keep it simple with a sauté of sweet, blistered grape tomatoes, fresh spinach and zucchini. Topped with a few crumbles of pungent goat cheese and fresh basil, and you'll wonder how you've lived this long without such guiltless bliss.

Bodacious Banana-Carrot Bread Recipe from the Divas of Dish

Divas Banana Bread

The divas love making something delicious with exactly what’s on hand – and overripe bananas and carrots are a tender, delicious mash-up for a bread that works for a quick breakfast or a sweet snack any time of day.

You can toss the carrots in the food processor and finely chop instead of grating for a dash of color (but either way works just fine). And you can forget the pecans, or add walnuts or no nuts at all. It’s a little bit healthy, a whole lot delicious.

Lazy Lasagna Stew from the Divas of Dish

Diva lasagna stew

For our lazy lovers of lasagna, the divas have devised a little trick. We’ve combined all the creamy, gooey, messiness of this diva of all casseroles into one-pot wonder stew.

Okay, so you'll have to boil the pasta separately, but you get the gist. It's easier – and maybe even a bit healthier. Bravo!

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Canada Cheese SoupCopyright The Walt Disney Co.

Ah, wait for it. The weather is about to take a turn for the cool, and the divas head outdoors to one of our favorite annual fests, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, celebrating 20 years from Sept. 25-Nov. 16.

And while there’s plenty to sip, our favorite part of the festival is the 30 Marketplaces from around the globe lining World Showcase Lagoon. You can try a bite of this, a nibble of that, and while we always try something new, a bowl of Cheddar Cheese Soup is obligatory – on the menu at the Canada Marketplace since 1995. What’s not to love about cheese, bacon and beer?

Lemony White Bean Salad with Pomegranate, Toasted Walnuts and Fresh Parsley

Divas white bean salad

Savvy foodies rally 'round the humble bean, ready to entertain in style whatever the season. The bountiful bean's appeal lies not only in its versatility and rock-bottom affordability.

Tangy, crunchy, slightly sweet and herbaceous, this salad serves as a stylish side or veggie-lovers main course. And it's even better the next day. Rolled in soft, warm flatbread, it's a fabulous breakfast for life on the go.

Mrs. Potato Head Salad

Divas potato salad

1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato, 4. That’s all you’ll need to feed the hungry masses a cool and creamy side synonymous with summer picnics.

Our secret diva ingredient to set you apart from the bore-dinary? Bread and butter pickles infused with some sinus-singeing horseradish, along with crispy bits of savory bacon and just the right amount of minced fresh dill. (If you can’t find the pickles with horseradish, just add a little fresh horseradish to taste.)

Your taste-spuds will thank you.

Asian-Style Summer Noodles for Your Picnic Basket

Summer noodle salad

July is picnic time, and the divas are expected to show up with something delicious. Although we avoid the stovetop in summertime, this feisty dish come together in less than 30 minutes, with big flavors from Sichuan peppers, sesame oil and fresh Florida shrimp. Or skip the shrimp and serve it as a side with any meat or seafood from the grill.

We recommend fresh Florida shrimp, which takes a little more time to clean and quickly steam on the stovetop, but you also can grab cooked shrimp at the market. For picnic savoir faire, serve in little cardboard to-go cartons with chopsticks that you can pick up at the party store.

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