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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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

Appetizers, Sandwiches

Smoked Trout Salad

  It's been said before. It's awfully true ... Food is memories. When I was growing up, many a Friday in the winter meant one thing to me.  Roooooad trip!  We'd get out of school at 2:30 pm.  By 3:00 pm, the car was packed and we were heading north.  Skis and snowboards on the… Continue reading Smoked Trout Salad

Breakfast Recipes

My Favorite Morning Smoothie

I should trademark this phrase. 'My Favorite Morning Smoothie.'  It'll undoubtedly be the upcoming title of a new band,  a popular song, or political podcast.  Alas, for now, it shall be the modest title of my most recent post. (Don't any of you go stealing it!) In addition to being low in calories and high… Continue reading My Favorite Morning Smoothie

Sauces, Marinades, and Dressings, Vegetarian Recipes

How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto

  Are you reluctantly saying goodbye to summer?  Here's my perception. Whip up a large batch of homemade pesto.  Then freeze it.  IN ICE CUBE TRAYS!! (yes, that deserved the double exclamation point).  We all love the smell and taste of fresh basil pesto.  We need it during the non summer months.  That said, here's… Continue reading How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto

Salads, Sandwiches

Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing

  Chicken salad is so subjective.  Everyone thinks of something a little different when they hear those two words. Everyone has their favorite way to prepare it.  I wouldn't dare claim this recipe as "the best" or "the greatest."  I'll be political here.  What I will tell you?  This is the way I like it… Continue reading Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing

Salads, Side Dish Recipes

Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing

  The classic wedge salad is making a comeback.  The revolution is happening in your kitchen.  Not a steakhouse. Believe it. A hunk of super crisp iceberg lettuce soaked in creamy homemade ranch dressing and topped with crispy bacon, scallions, tomatoes, crumbly blue cheese, and freshly cracked black pepper.  It may not be the healthiest… Continue reading Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing