76 posts by Sonya Keister

Chicken and Mozzarella Puff Pastry Cups

Leftover chicken? Busy week night? Weekend brunch? These versatile chicken and mozzarella puff pastry cups are the 'go to' for any occasion.  They can be served right out of the oven - gooey and hot -or at room temperature as part of a brunch buffet.  And they reheat beautifully in the oven for a few minutes.  This makes it a great do-ahead dish, too.  How do you make these magical little cups?  Here's the play-by-play....and it couldn't be easier. Game Plan Start with a few good ... Continue Reading

Egg and Avocado Toast

Egg and Avocado Toast.  It doesn't get any simpler than that.  It's like the perfect little black dress. It can be dressed down and casual for every day events like breakfast at home for one or dressed up with a few accessories for a special occasion like a bridal shower or luncheon for twenty. Basic Version So lets talk options. I decided to use hard boiled eggs because they are an easy do ahead step and they slice beautifully.  Plus, who wants to stand there and make eggs twenty differ... Continue Reading

Citrus Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee is an all-time favorite dessert of....well almost everybody.  There is just something about that thin, crunchy layer of caramelized sugar as it cracks beneath the weight of your spoon and that smooth, creamy custard that lies just beneath.  I am so hungry just thinking about taking that first delectable bite! This Citrus Creme Brulee version is from my cookbook - The Savory Gourmet.  I did not do a step by step version of this when I first created it but the full recipe is ... Continue Reading

Shrimp Nachos

Warning! Highly addictive Shrimp Nacho recipe below.  If you have any shrimp lovers coming over on game day this is nacho recipe is a must have.  Best of all, you can make the salsa, bean and corn mixture and even the shrimp ahead of time and then just assemble and bake when the game comes on!  Touchdown on the prep. I secretly love football junk food.  It's a fact.  There is something so comforting about some chicken wings and nachos and a good old seven layer bean dip.  Nostalgia?  ... Continue Reading

The Perfect Meatball

Oh yeah.  I said it.  It's a bold move to call this the perfect meatball but I really think I may have a winner.  Take it from the girl who has made countless meatballs over the years and tried every kind of technique and recipe out there.  This recipe is culmination of my years of learning and refining.  And the best part?  It's a pretty straightforward, basic recipe.  No gimmics.  But trust me....this ain't your mamma's meatball.  It is crunchy on the outside and oh-so-tender on the ... Continue Reading

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Fast forward a few days from now to that inevitable leftover turkey staring you down in your fridge as you ponder what wondrous midnight snack you can make with it.  Sure, the classic cranberry and cream cheese sandwich comes to mind but why not try a new leftover turkey sandwich with a fresh twist?  This ultimate leftover turkey sandwich comes to life with caramelized onions, fresh spinach, and a creamy mustard and horseradish sauce that may just change your whole view on leftover turkey.  ... Continue Reading

Roasted Mushroom, Cauliflower & Rainbow Chard Gratin

Fall is the smell of roasting vegetables.  At least in my kitchen.  And this roasted mushroom and cauliflower gratin mixed with sauteed onions and Rainbow Chard really puts me in that happy place where I can picture myself with a big bowl of hearty roasted veggies and crunchy, cheesy topping curled up in a chair next to a fire and reading a book.  Okay that might not actually happen.  More likely I'll be eating big spoonfuls out of the pan as I dash off to my kid's soccer game or basketball ... Continue Reading

Cioppino with Roasted Garlic Parsley Butter Toast

Cioppino is a soul warming comfort food like no other. I honestly don't know whether to call it a soup or a stew but no matter what you call it you absolutely must, must have a yummy toast to dip into the broth to soak up all those flavors.  I love this roasted garlic parsley butter toast with a little hint of Parmesan on it.  It's delicious on its own but really adds a layer of flavor to the Cioppino, too.  You can serve the toast on the side or cut it up and serve it as little croutons on ... Continue Reading

Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes with Rosemary Sea Salt

Potatoes cooked in duck fat and sprinkled with rosemary sea salt is a match made in heaven.  Yes.....the French really know what they are doing.  This is a classic French dish that pairs so well with steak or even with something like Mussels or a bold chicken dish. "Why duck fat?" you may ask. It has a higher smoke point than olive oil and so it's good for roasting at high temperatures to get that crispy outside on the potato.  But more importantly it packs in a ton of flavor. And duck ... Continue Reading

Spanikopita Bites

Spanikopita bites. Flaky, delicate crunchy bites of phyllo pastry stuffed with loads of spinach and creamy feta cheese.  That's the Spanikopita we all dream about biting into, right?  The traditional Spanikopita is made with phyllo dough that is buttered and layered then stuffed with a spinach and onion mixture and Greek feta cheese then topped with more buttery phyllo. It usually is assembled in the shape of a pie or in a large 9 x 13 in baking dish and then baked and cut into large squares ... Continue Reading