Tuna and Mango Ceviche My first experience with sushi was as a teen when we lived in Vancouver. My parents were treating us to a night out at a Japanese restaurant…and I don’t recall anything other than there was raw fish on the menu. I couldn’t see any reason to eat uncooked seafood, though my parents […]
The Picky Hubby Approves! It’s always a shocker when I can remove a dish from the picky hubby’s “faux allergy” AKA will not eat list. A couple years ago he came home from a business raving about crab cakes. What the heck? He was eating seafood and liking it? I was thrilled.
Crazy Delicious Caramel Bars I am a caramel purest, so I wasn’t sure what to think when a jar of Stonewall Kitchen’s Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce arrived at my door. It tasted of subtle warm spices…much like chai tea! I wondered how the flavor would come through baked in a butter streusel bar. Turns out […]
Uh, Oh! Where’s the Dessert? It’s no secret my family loves French Silk pie. When the Sunday Supper crew decided to share “Tantalizing Trays,” I immediately thought of creating individual dessert servings utilizing our favorite pie filling. When I caught Bill scrounging in our pantry for Oreos, I knew it was time to treat him to these French […]
My Love of Salt I debated whether I really needed to purchase beef bouillon cubes for this Mushrooms with Napa and Nuts recipe. As I read the back of each jar at the market, the dreaded MSG was at the top of every ingredient list. I almost hate to admit this, but as a child, I’d sneak into […]
Much as we love to grill in the summer, waiting on the charcoal to ignite is not always an option on a busy weeknight. A quick, flavorful stir fry, like this dish for Asian Beef with Peppers, is a delightful option when time is of the essence.
A Finicky Consumer I admit I’m a bit of a food snob. I pore over the bell peppers at the market, looking for the most vibrant, unblemished option. I search out fragrant berries and open the packages one by one to find the most perfect, unmarred fruit. I’m sure the produce folks roll their eyes when they […]
Summer Barbecue It’s almost Labor Day, so I have gathered some of my favorite blogger friends and am hosting a summer barbecue to send the season out in style! As the hostess this month, I chose this marvelous Whiskey Marinated Pork Tenderloin as our entree for August’s virtual progressive dinner. Just you wait till you see all the […]
I was on the hunt for homemade Samoas…those irresistible Girl Scout cookies with a shortbread base, caramel and coconut plus a chocolate drizzle. I’m a sucker for any scout or brownie who stops by to sell their cookies…and we have to have a stash of Samoas, Thin Mints and Tagalongs in our freezer. I had […]
I thought my dad would appreciate something other than the typical bacon and egg breakfast when he came to visit us over Labor Day weekend…and this casserole my mom used to make came to mind. Preparing the ingredients the night before, I realized the recipe had a 90 minute baking time. Poor hubby would miss […]
Sorry, folks, my blog post and photos for this Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade have disappeared, so this is a half hearted attempt to backtrack! The details of this recipe from 2 months ago is sketchy at best…all I remember for certain is that this was as delectable as beautiful. Anyhoo, this lovely Dorie Greespan recipe began with a simple […]
My kitchen pantry is stuffed with binders full of recipes I’ve collected over the years. I had to dig deep to find an old favorite from Epicurious. The addition of white chocolate to the whipped cream pushes this dessert up to the company worthy category. You can use any shortcake recipe, but one of my […]
Unbaked…aren’t they gorgeous???? Our recipe this week for French Fridays with Dorie was a lovely side dish called Creamy, Cheesy, Garlicky Rice with Spinach. Doesn’t that sound delectable? Dorie often suggests a Bonne Idée…and I jumped at the chance to stuff some lovely bell peppers with this fabulous “almost” risotto. I made these while my […]
My son, Nick, was on his senior high school retreat on Valentine’s Day…so we celebrated on the following Sunday with a meal of beef tenderloin steaks, brown butter and Parmesan mashed potatoes and asparagus. My friend, Hilary, mentioned making a red wine, balsamic sauce with shallots to serve with beef so I decided to follow […]