5 posts from month 03/2015

Shrimp, Watermelon & Feta Salad

So good.  That sums up my thoughts on this one.  I love the contrast of the chilled, sweet watermelon, salty yet creamy feta, and the grilled shrimp punched with flavor from lemon, cumin and paprika.  It's light and refreshing yet full of flavor and so satisfying.  And because shrimp is one of those proteins that is just as good chilled as it is warm you can make this dish ahead of time and let it hang out in the fridge until you are ready to serve, ... Continue Reading

Filet Mignon with Crispy Shallots

It's not often that we splurge on a big steak.  So when I decided it seemed like a good night to do it I took my five year old son with me to the grocery store and asked him what kind of steak he wanted.  He was so excited he chose the biggest bone-in rib eye steak in the meat case.  I laughed because that's not exactly what I had in mind and was able to talk him into these beautiful (slightly smaller) Filets but only if I promised him his own.  Later, ... Continue Reading

Tapas Night!  Pan Roasted Potatoes & Paprika Aioli

This little gem is a great to make for tapas night when you have lots of other little bites to go along with it or it's just as good doubled or tripled for a weekend brunch menu.  The key is to make sure the aioli is creamy and the potatoes are crisp.  So take the time to whisk the aioli by hand and slowly add in the oil.  If you add the oil too quickly it won't emulsify.  In a pinch you can add the cayenne, lemon, paprika and salt to mayonnaise but I ... Continue Reading

Strawberry & Baby Spinach Salad w/ Shallot Vinaigrette

Friends and family who know me know that I love salad. For me salad is not just about eating healthy but more about eating something that has a variety of beautiful colors, fresh ingredients, and is packed with flavors and textures.  This is my version of what a spinach salad should be - fresh, creamy, crunchy, and packed with amazing flavors of shallot and lemon and pistachios.  Oh yeah.  And healthy.  If you don't like goat cheese, which is surprising ... Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon Flat Bread Breakfast Pizza

Sometimes cooking is less about the actual cooking process and more about putting together the right flavors and textures.  This recipe is exactly that.  The only cooking involved is heating and crisping a store bought flat bread and piling on an amazing array of of flavors.  It takes 10 minutes and you have a fabulous breakfast or brunch item!  But, I will say this, use the best quality ingredients you can find and afford.  A nice delicate wild ... Continue Reading