8 posts from month 01/2015

Bolognese Sauce with Breadcrumb Gremolata

I've often said this dish would be my last meal on earth if I had the choice.  It's just so darn....goooood.  And satisfying....and yummy. It's a dish I've been making for years and years now for friends and family and it's always a crowd favorite. The depth of flavor is really what sets this dish apart from other meat sauces I've tried.  And those deep, complex flavors can an only be achieved over time as the tomatoes and the meat and the wine ... Continue Reading

Gourmet Rib Eye Seven Layer Dip

It's time to put a new twist on the fan favorite seven layer dip recipe.  This one hits the mark by using heirloom tomatoes and shallots and a spicy creme fraiche instead of plain sour cream.  And of course a fresh guacamole.  Oh and it's topped with rib eye steak.  It's so good that my daughter couldn't help herself and had to stop and have a bite half way through our photo session.  And I love her for that because sometimes that's just what you've ... Continue Reading

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with fresh Guacamole

This is seriously perfect game day food.  It's got that kick that goes really well with beer, it takes only a short time to prepare AND you can make it ahead and refrigerate because chilled shrimp is just as delicious as hot. I would serve this just as easily at a nice dinner party as an appetizer as I would at a casual Sunday game day - it's very versatile.  The dry spice rub is amazing and something that you'll always want to have on hand for seafood or fish. ... Continue Reading

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Skewers with BBQ Chicken

Continuing on with the idea of lighter appetizers I decided to try to put a wedge salad on a skewer.  I love buttermilk blue cheese dressing and making your own gives this dish a fresh quality to it.  My friends and I recently got together for a night of cooking, which we try to do once a month, and one them brought a blue cheese wedge salad with sliced radishes on it for a garnish.  That little bit of color and added crunch really made the salad, I thought, ... Continue Reading

Greek Salad Skewers with Balsamic Reduction

I absolutely love to entertain.  And small bites and wine is the most frequent way that I do so because it's casual and often times impromptu.  Have a couple of friends stop by to catch up over a glass of wine and a few apps and everyone is happy, right?  But sometimes it's hard to fit something healthy like a salad into a get together that is really all about finger foods and then we (and by 'we' I do mean 'me') end up eating way more cheese then 'we' ... Continue Reading

Smoked Mozzarella & Gouda Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

I'll be honest...I didn't think my kids were going to go for this one.  I knew the flavors were going to be amazing - and they are - but there would be too much going on for a five year old and seven year old palette. Not so, my friends.  I couldn't keep their fingers out of this dish as I was shooting the photos.  For the record they were my lighting crew and somehow I managed get a few good shots without said fingers in the picture.The smokiness from the ... Continue Reading

Stuffed Peppers with Vegetable Couscous & Leek Puree

I am loving all the flavor in this dish!  I used a generous pinch of red pepper flakes in the mushroom and kale mixture because I like that kick.  And it's completely vegetarian but you could use a little pancetta or ground meat in it if you wanted to and omit some of the Israeli couscous.  And if you haven't tried Israeli couscous before you should know it's actually a tiny pearl pasta and sometimes is sold with the label 'pearl couscous' because it looks ... Continue Reading

Shrimp & Crab Citrus Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

When I'm not eating Shepherd's Pie I love a good salad.  And a salad, to me, doesn't get any better than one loaded with fresh seafood and avocado.  The ruby red grapefruit brings a nice acid to the dish and is just plain pretty. But the real key to this fabulous salad really is the light and tangy cilantro lime dressing with a slight kick from the Serrano pepper.  You could add more Serrano pepper if you like spicy or omit it altogether if you don't.  I ... Continue Reading