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

Pine Nut Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Cara Cara Orange Vinaigrette

Pine nut crusted goat cheese?  "I don't know...."  Is that what you are thinking?   Admit it.  Well I had my doubts too when I came up with the idea but trust me it just works.  The breadcrumb and toasted pine nut mixture is crunchy and has that distinct pine nut flavor to it that we all love in pesto.  It's just like sprinkling pine nuts on your salad only this time it's right on your cheese.  Paired with a bright, citrus vinaigrette this goat cheese salad makes a terrific starter, ... Continue Reading

Challah Bread Egg Toast

This ooey, gooey Challah Bread Egg Toast (loaded with lots of cheese and veggies) is the ultimate breakfast sandwich for any occasion.  It's sumptuous, full of flavor and texture, and makes an impressive presentation on any brunch table.  I love using Challah bread for it's slightly sweet outside and spongy, delicate texture but you could use brioche or even a ciabatta bread if you can't find Challah.  Challah is a Jewish traditional ceremonial bread but it's readily available in most ... Continue Reading

Fresh Mango Honey Cake

This Fresh Mango Honey Cake recipe started for me with a lonely can of sweetened condensed milk leftover in my pantry that I wanted to get rid of.  That, and I bought a six-pack of mangos at Costco and they all ripened at once (as they tend to do).  From those two ingredients this yummy cake developed from concept to fork.  Ha-ha. Okay well....I thought that was funny.  Maybe humor is not best suit.  I'll stick to cooking. Anyway, as I was pondering what might make a nice sweet ... Continue Reading

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with Creamy Leeks

It might not quite be corned beef and hash but this prosciutto wrapped chicken with creamy leeks topped with fresh green chives could be a new alternative for St. Patty's Day...or any weeknight for that matter.  Just what that sneaky leprechaun ordered!  Things are changing and it's fun to start new traditions along with the tried and true...like green beer. The crispy, salty prosciutto gives the chicken a nice texture and flavor but my favorite part is the creamy leeks because that's ... Continue Reading

Roasted Asparagus with Egg, Pancetta, and Lemon Aioli

Spring is in the air and Roasted Asparagus is on the menu, right?  Topped with a mouth watering array of chopped hard boiled egg, crispy pancetta, and lemon aioli and you really have a star dish for any spring gathering.  Easter Sunday...you got this.  But this roasted asparagus dish is so quick and easy I think you'll make it again and again for anything from a family dinner to a bridal brunch or baby shower to just plain old...Thursday. WARNING: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE I did eat this whole ... Continue Reading

Tea Sandwiches

These tea sandwiches are perfect for any crowd and any occasion when it comes to easy entertaining.  There is a vegetarian version and a meat version so you can have all the bases covered and they both have a scrumptious herbed butter on the bread that resembles the classic watercress tea sandwiches served in England.  Perhaps best of all is that this is one of those easy, no-cook recipes but still looks fancy for entertaining.  These tea sandwiches can be part of a brunch, bridal shower, ... Continue Reading

Savory Roasted Tomato Bread Pudding

With summer right around the corner that usually means one thing....wedding season.  And that usually means engagement parties and brunches abound.  This savory roasted tomato bread pudding is the perfect dish for a bridal luncheon or brunch occasion of any kind because it's really elegant and decadent.  It definitely has that 'wow' factor you want when you want to impress your guests.  And best of all you can make them ahead of time and then gently reheat so they are not a last minute ... Continue Reading

Salted Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cookies

As a kid Peanut Butter cookies were always a favorite for me.  Maybe because I grew up eating so many peanut butter and honey sandwiches...I don't know.   And still peanut butter is one of those things I've continued to crave even as I've grown well into adulthood.  It brings me back to childhood and is just soooo satisfying.  So when I was thinking of what kind of sweet I'd like to bring along on my Mother's Day Picnic peanut butter cookies immediately came to mind.  But to satisfy the ... Continue Reading

Browned Artichoke Pasta Salad

  Spring is here! And that means fresh artichokes everywhere I go from the grocery store to the farmer's markets.  The best fresh artichoke is one that is young and tender and a lighter green color versus the darker green with the larges outer leaves.  And the good news with those is there is less of a prickly center to remove, too. But get what you can find and this pasta recipe will help you deliver all the best flavor through blanching and then sautéing the artichoke hearts in ... Continue Reading