Appetizers, Salads

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

  "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." Laura Ingalls Wilder was right on. The freshness of your ingredients - heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, fresh basil - make this simple salad so beautiful and delicious. Ideal for late summer gatherings with friends or family.  Pair with a… Continue reading Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

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Appetizers, Main Course Recipes

Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley

  I don't cook mussels at home often enough. But, I did this past Friday. It was glorious. Elegant, affordable, readily available, and a breeze to make. From the fridge to dinner table, the mussels are ready to devour in just 20 minutes. I paired this batch with white wine, garlic, parsley and lemon. Obviously,… Continue reading Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley

Breakfast Recipes, Salads

Asparagus, Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

  I have to give you an excuse for going over a month between blog posts.  Would you believe I spent the last month in French Polynesia, retracing the last years of impressionist painter Paul Gauguin?  I wouldn't either. (I'll save that for next year.) How about the fact that my good friend, chef Mario… Continue reading Asparagus, Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Pasta Recipes, Salads

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with Chicken

  Some of the best memories are made in flip flops ... while eating this dish. Summer's back.  Time to make Greek tortellini pasta salad.  Here's my update on the classic Greek salad. I mixed it up by adding cheese tortellini, shredded chicken, and a couple other tid bits.  I've always got cheese tortellini on… Continue reading Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with Chicken

Breakfast Recipes

Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata

  What's my key to hosting brunch, you ask? Everything's made and prepped in advance. With this in mind, here's my go-to brunch recipe - Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata.  This dish inherently abides by my "made in advance" rule.  You're literally SUPPOSED to make and prepare it the night before.  For those unfamiliar with… Continue reading Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata

Main Course Recipes, Pasta Recipes

Lazy Ravioli Lasagna

  So, you're in a precarious "situation" with the mafia?  (It happens ... I guess)  Cooking up a tasty lasagna would really ease some tensions, right?  Problem is, you've got neither the time nor the fresh ingredients for a proper dish. Lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese filling, the timely/messy process of layering of everything together?  Here's… Continue reading Lazy Ravioli Lasagna

Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Fun enough for the kids.  Just grown up enough for the adult palate as well.  So simple to make.  Ready for it?  Sure you are.   This is a fun twist on macaroni and cheese.  I like creating an opportunity to introduce children to new foods and expand their palates, while simultaneously eating something with a sense… Continue reading Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas