5 posts from month 01/2016

Butter Leaf Salad with Citrus Dressing

This salad is the perfect winter salad because it combines citrus with the delicate, buttery winter lettuce named after it's smooth texture.  Butter leaf lettuce can often be found in a plastic case in the salad section with the leaves still attached to the root.  Other grocery stores sell it by the head in the same section as red leaf and green leaf lettuce heads.  I thought of this salad as part of a Valentine's Day menu that men can make for their special someone because it's super easy ... Continue Reading

Puff Pastry Pizza – Tomato, Red Pepper, Olive & Mozzarella

This is a beautiful dish for any special occasion because it's so colorful and so easy to make.  Plus it holds up well and can be served at room temperature.  So it's perfect for a holiday gathering, bridal shower or baby shower, book club night or Bunko night,  or even a special Valentine's Day dinner.  You really can use any toppings you like but this one idea of a delicious flavor combination that really gives a punch from the combination of the salty, briny Kalamata olives to fresh ... Continue Reading

Deviled Egg Trio – A Spicy Valentine

Do you have someone special in your life who loves spice?  And who doesn't love a deviled egg? I mean, c'mon.  What's not to love?  If you do then this is the absolutely perfect appetizer or first course to your valentine's day dinner.  The hard boiled eggs can be done ahead of time and then refrigerated.  And the creamy egg mixture with creme fraiche, mayo, vinegar and mustard is such a wonderful counterbalance to the spicy trio of toppings. The bacon jalapeno is crunchy and a tiny bit ... Continue Reading

Super Bowl Bites – Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp, Paprika & Pepper Jack Cheese Dip, and Candied Pecan Crostini with Gorgonzola & Honey

Looking to wow your guests with a super bowl menu that is both delicious and a little bit sophisticated?  This one has it all.  It’s perfect for a gathering of both sexes – a little something for everyone.  If you are having a larger crowd you can certainly double or triple the recipe to meet your needs.  And if you want something more substantial to round out the menu I’d recommend a slider bar.  Mini burgers served on slider buns or brioche rolls and then an array of fixins’ so ... Continue Reading

Creamy Citrus Coleslaw

A friend of mine recently reminded me that it's citrus season!  She was going to dinner party with a citrus theme to it - such a cute idea.  And citrus also happens to go nicely with my January goal of cooking light because citrus adds a ton of flavor to any dish (and acid) without the calories.  So off I went to the market to get inspired.  I noticed all kinds of oranges are available from the naval orange to mandarins and even one called a Cara Cara which had pinkish color to the ... Continue Reading