Buttermilk Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Jalapeno and Cilantro

Coleslaw, for me, was never that exciting.  Sometimes goopy.   Sometimes bland.  Sometimes downright questionable on how long it's been sitting out  and therefore easily passed over.  I mean is that just me?  I don't think I can ever recall someone saying, "Oh good you brought coleslaw."  But I wanted to change that and give this simple side dish a chance in the limelight. So for this Labor Day, to go alongside my slow cooked ribs, I set out to make a coleslaw that has some real bold ... Continue Reading

Cheesy Cornbread topped with Jalapeno & Sour Cream

This recipe I made with my cooking club girls in mind.  We all love cheese and we all love spice and this little bite of heaven has both of those.   The jalapeno part is optional if you don't like spice just leave it off as a topping.  The dollop of sour cream adds a little more moisture but you could also do warm honey and butter and that would be delicious, too.  So make the cheesy cornbread as base for what you like on top. When I lived in Berkeley, California - oh so many years ago now ... 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

Cinco De Mayo Salsa

Fresh salsa.  Simple but irresistible. This Cinco De Mayo inspired salsa is easy, fresh, and delicious.  Served alongside some guacamole, chips, and a refreshing, ice-cold margarita you have yourself the perfect starter for any Cinco De Mayo celebration.  Store bought salsa is fine but why not blend up a quick batch of your own?  It only takes a few minutes and a couple of ingredients that you may already have on hand.  And if there are any leftovers....not that there will be... I love ... Continue Reading

Vegetarian Chili

No meat?  Vegetarian Chili? What's this all about, you ask? Okay all you meat lovers out there don't panic.  It's so easy to add a little bit of shredded chicken or ground beef to this dish and still follow this exact recipe.  Or, if you are like many households out there who are split on veggie versus meat lovers just make a big batch of the veggie and add the meat into half of it. My story of vegetarian chili starts with being pregnant with my son several years ago. I never was a big ... Continue Reading

Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Poblano and Corn

With Fall approaching I wanted to make something that celebrates the Fall flavors I love so much - despite the fact it's still 90 plus degrees outside.  Who knows...maybe a nice little Fall soup will trigger the cooler weather.  And for me it's the roasting  of veggies that really brings me fully from one season to the next.   So, of course I needed to start with something roasted and decided sweet potato was a good place to start.  I don't know about you but soup seemed to make ... Continue Reading

Roasted Poblano Crema

What is a crème, you may ask?  It's very simply a thick, creamy sauce that is seen in Mexican cooking (think Fish Tacos with crema) similar to crème fraiche (French cultured sour cream).  Crema is thinner than the American version, sour cream.  This Roasted Poblano Crema is my twist on a regular crema because it really packs in the flavor with the roasted Poblano pepper mixed into the puree.  I also add in some cilantro, garlic and lime juice for a balance of flavors.  And I used ... Continue Reading

Pulled Pork Tacos with Fried Plantains

Slow roasted pork tacos....tender, juicy and fork tender.  Is there anything better?  Really?  Yes, there is.  These tender pulled pork tacos with perfectly golden brown fried plantains (think not sweet bananas) topped with a crisp carrot and cabbage slaw and a slightly tangy, creamy sheep's milk feta cheese.  I mean...there is a reason this taco is my most requested dish when I entertain.  Seriously just the perfect bite. So here's the lowdown on this awesome taco.  The pork can be ... Continue Reading

Heirloom Carrot and Purple Cabbage Coleslaw

I make this coleslaw year round and use regular carrots when I can't find the heirloom variety.  It's such a light and refreshing side dish that comes together in mere minutes and pairs especially well with my pulled pork tacos with fried plantains!  But really it goes with any picnic or BBQ as an easy crowd pleasing side dish.  Even the kids love coleslaw, right?  The heirloom variety of carrots are nice because they add some additional color to the dish which makes for a vibrant ... Continue Reading

Beef Short Rib Mini Tacos with Pickled Radish

Looking for that great appetizer that will make you look like a chef?  This is that kind of a dish.  It's not a traditional taco with Mexican flavors.  It's has more of a hearty beef flavor to it from the slow cooking process with wine and herbs and tomato paste.  By itself it's not spicy at all.  But I definitely recommend serving it with an array of toppings including the pickled radish.  When you serve something as rich as slow cooked beef you need something to cut through that ... Continue Reading