Goat Cheese, Spinach and Pecan Farro Salad

1 cup of farro (preferably 
 Arizona Hayden Flour Mills)
+ 1 ounce of herbed goat 
 cheese, crumbled
+ ¼ cup of dried cranberries, 
 coarsely chopped
+ ¼ cup of pecans, 
 coarsely chopped
+ 1 cup of packed baby spinach 
 leaves, thinly sliced
+ 2 bay leaves
+ 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 
+ Salt and pepper

Cookie Jar

Flora Tersigni, CEO of Maggiore Group, has fond memories of baking Christmas cookies while growing up in Pacentro, Italy.

Cooking with Wine


1 butternut squash
¼ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup red wine
½ teaspoon herb seasoning mix
½ teaspoon clove
Pumpkin seeds

Lunchbox SOS

As the new school year begins, coming up with some creative ideas for lunchboxes can be challenging. Here are a few healthy alternatives that will make lunches fun and tasty.

Sweet Gatherings

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the shortening and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the sour cream and vanilla and blend together until…

Cooking with Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was certainly a man for all seasons. An avid patriot and statesman, he wrote the Declaration of Independence, served as the first Secretary of State, was our third President and founded the University of Virginia. However, not many people may know that he was also a devoted culinary enthusiast.

Easy Meals for Men

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but the reverse holds equally true. Every gal loves the thought of her man impressing her with a home-cooked meal! A Mexican theme is always festive and fun, with a dash of spice and a splash of tequila. Plus, these cooling Skinny Melon Margaritas are a third of…

For Love and Chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets. 
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approx. 5 minutes. 
Beat in 1 tbsp. of rum 
Heat cream in a small saucepan until it boils. Reduce heat and stir in remaining rum. 
Simmer 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in chocolate until blended.