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 […]

Lamb Shanks with Parmesan Polenta and Mushrooms

Time to talk lamb shanks?  Why, yes. Yes it is. From the lower section of the leg, lamb shanks are a full-flavored cut of meat.  They do, however, require a bit of love and attention to bring out their full potential.  These shanks are first browned in veg oil.  This gives them color while enhancing […]

Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

  I’m a pesto loving fool.  I’m also a tomato loving fool.  Thankfully, this dish has ’em both (plus super cool spiraled zucchini noodles).  I’m a fool in love, and in this particular instance I’m referring to my dinner. What do I love about this dish (other than the pesto and tomatoes?): The harmonious balance […]

Grilled Caprese Salad

  Here’s a recent dialogue I had with a caprese salad.  (What, you don’t talk to your food?  What, your food doesn’t talk back?)  ME: Oh, caprese.  You are the embodiment of simple and delicious.  You make me happy.  There’s no way you could be any better.  CAPRESE: GRILL ME! When my food speaks to […]

Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce

  This is the perfect time of the year to share my fresh homemade tomato sauce.   Tomatoes are in abundance at the farmers markets, and they’re at their peak of freshness.  This is definitely a summer tomato sauce.  Light, extremely flavorful, and oh so fresh tasting.  This sauce will ruin all other tomato sauces […]

Easiest Bruschetta Ever

Sometimes, it’s as easy as combining freshly baked bread, a ripe tomato, and basil.  Pour yourself a glass of white wine, and the perfect afternoon snack or light lunch is served.   Ingredients: 2 slices of fresh bread, lightly toasted (or not, your preference) 1 ripe tomato, sliced 2 fresh basil leaves, torn 2 tsp […]