Banana Coconut Mini Muffins

I love making mini-muffins because so often I find myself needing just a small treat to satisfy a sweet craving. And because I pride myself on finishing everything I start . . . I joke about that, but I definitely get more pleasure from eating a whole mini-muffin than I do eating half or a third of a standard-sized one.

Same thing with bags of snacks. When I buy cereals or...

Antipasto Chopped Salad

I am a huge fan of chopped salads. When veggies are chopped finely, you get a flavor explosion in your mouth as the ingredients mingle, thus requiring significantly less dressing. There are two key things to remember when attempting to master the perfect, restaurant-quality salad—always dry the lettuce well and remove the seeds from tomatoes and cucumbers. If you omit either of these steps, you’re pretty much guaranteeing a soggy...