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

Fresh Roasted Pepper and Sausage Dip

Is cream cheese considered a seasonal food?  Well...maybe not.  But the variety of freshly roasted peppers in this sinful sausage dip might just make it okay to ignore that little oversight.  I used a red bell pepper, for color and sweetness, and then a mix of yellow and green peppers including Pasilla, Anaheim, yellow pepper or banana pepper, Serrano and Jalapeno. Each has a different flavor and level of heat that it brings to the dip give the overall a dip ... Continue Reading

Paprika Shrimp with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce

If you've been following my blog now you know one of my favorite cooking ingredients, sheep's milk feta (see Bourbon glazed meatballs) . It's creamier and more well balanced than regular feta, in my opinion.  Well this little ingredient makes an appearance again in this new favorite dish.  It's part of the red pepper sauce and it really is what gives the sauce a beautiful texture without having to use any heavy cream.  The paprika shrimp really ... Continue Reading

Cranberry Sauce Bacon Jam

Okay all you serious foodies out there.  You know who you are.  This one is for you.  Who isn’t in love with bacon jam?  I know I am.  I’ve been thinking about bacon jam….a lot.  I wondered how I could incorporate this favorite condiment into the traditional holiday menu.   And then I had an 'aha' moment!   Cranberry sauce bacon jam.  Makes perfect sense right? This recipe starts with a really flavorful ... Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon Horseradish Dip

When I lived in Seattle I spent every Thanksgiving with my Aunt AJ and Uncle Wally.  They put on a fabulous spread and the beginning to every Turkey Day celebration was a beautiful wild caught smoked salmon, that they caught themselves on one of their many trips to Alaska, accompanied by a little cream cheese and a linen lined basket of assorted gourmet crackers.  This appetizer became as much a part of our family tradition as the turkey itself.  It was the ... Continue Reading