Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam

Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam - yum!  Bake brie is such a crowd pleaser for any gathering.  And Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam should be at the top of your list for this Thanksgiving holiday.  It's so easy to make and you can make part of it ahead of time - the balsamic onions - and just store them in the fridge until needed.  They will save for a few days even. I made my own balsamic onions but I recently saw that our Trader Joe's was selling a jarred version.  ... Continue Reading

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Persimmons and pomegranates are both in season right now and make a delicious addition to your fall table, whether entertaining for the holidays or just having a weeknight meal with family. To amp up the festive flavors I made a pomegranate vinaigrette to go with it using pomegranate vinegar and shallots and a couple of other ingredients.  But, if you don't have any on hand, just substitute regular balsamic vinegar instead. And this is one of those salads where I think ingredients really ... Continue Reading

Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto is one of those comforting Fall dishes that makes us think of turning leaves, picking pumpkins and gathering around a fire on a cold night.  And this Butternut Squash Risotto makes the perfect weeknight meal or dish for entertaining, depending on how you serve it.  I've made it for my family in a big bowl as a side dish to a roast and I've served it in small little glasses as an elegant starter to a party.  My favorite way was served in this small, hallowed out pumpkins.  However ... 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

Peach and Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

Wondering what to do with all those fresh, juicy summer peaches you are seeing on sale in the grocery store?  This peach and blue cheese savory appetizer will have your mouth watering and may just become your new summer 'go-to' app for any gathering.  The sweet, ripe peaches tossed with a little bit of fig jam (to help sweeten the deal) and a little bit of balsamic vinegar (to balance it all out and give it some depth of flavor), and just a tiny hint of rosemary (why not) is everything you ... 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

Watermelon Margaritas

Let's face it. Tacos are great and all but Cinco de Mayo is really all about having an excuse to have a really good, icy cool, fruity margarita.  So this Cinco de Mayo...or any hot day this summer...whip up a batch of these fresh and tasty Watermelon Margaritas to beat the heat.  They are light and refreshing because the fresh blended watermelon juice is so delicate and fruity but not overly sweet.  So to add the sweetness to the margarita I added in a little bit of lime simple syrup.  The ... Continue Reading

Creamy Crab Dip with a Kick

This creamy crab dip is different than other crab dips out there.  It has plenty of fresh crab in it, and that's the star of the dish, but it also has a complexity and layers of flavors from a variety of freshly roasted peppers.  I used a blend that ranges from mild to medium hot to get the most in terms of different flavors and colors.  I think it should have a building heat that doesn't overpower the crab itself.  But feel free to change it up and use any peppers that you like.  And if ... Continue Reading

Fresh Fruit Salad with Lemon-Honey Dressing

This fruit salad is especially scrumptious during berry season but I make all year round and is from my cookbook, The Savory Gourmet. I adjust the amount of honey and lemon I use based on the natural sweetness of the fruit available to me.  So a little more honey in the winter and a little less in the summer.  But what I really love about this dish is how colorful it is and how just those little extra touches of the crème fraiche with the tangy sweetness of the dressing really makes this ... Continue Reading

Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Honey-Maple Sauce

My family loves pork tenderloin for dinner.  And it's relatively easy and inexpensive to make so I love it, too.  But what makes it memorable meal versus an okay meal?  In my opinion there are three simple but key steps to making a great dish.  First is really marinating the pork first, for at least a few hours, to let those flavor seep in.  In the marinade below I used a variety of flavors, some of which were used in the sauce as well.  Second, you want to really get a crust on the ... Continue Reading