Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks

Fried what? If you haven't lived in the south a fried green tomato may sound like crazy talk.  But trust me when I say they are strangely appealing and even down right delicious.  They are more acidic than regular tomatoes, even a little sour which is why it pairs so nicely in this dish with fresh, sweeter tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. So what is a fried green tomato?  It's actually traditionally  a tomato that didn't ripen at the end of the growing season and, instead of wasting it, some ... Continue Reading

Blistered Pepper and Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Summer heirloom tomatoes.  I think that may be all I need to say about this post.  I mean, right?  The colors and flavor of summer. And when it all comes to a screeching end it's so sad. That day when you walk into the grocery store and there is one little overripe heirloom tomato left on the shelf.  Then it's back to those flavorless winter tomatoes that make me want to cry and run from the grocery store.  Oh wait - that may have happened once.  Don't judge. Well I'm getting ahead of it ... Continue Reading

Caprese Cups with Blackened Shrimp

It's summertime and that means lots and lots of summer tomatoes and classic Caprese salads right?  Well....it used to.  A big ol' platter set out to share with family and friends is a memory from last year.  This year it's all about how do I still socialize and picnic with friends but keep things to an individual portion.  This is my answer to that.  Caprese cups.  They can be made individually by each person and best of all the ingredients can be packed up before assembled and brought to ... Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon Spread

What is the difference between a spread and a dip?  In my book, a spread should be thicker (not runny) and a dip should be able to be scooped up and eaten with a chip or a delicate cracker.   You don't want your spread dripping through your bread and making it soggy and you don't want your chip to get stuck mid dip - like a tire in the mud. This smoked salmon and cream cheese spread is meant to slather on toast or a bagel for a simple but delicious breakfast.  But, I will say, that I did ... Continue Reading

The Perfect Giant Meatball

Let's face it, there is something really appealing about eating a giant meatball.  It's like a feat.  Sure you can eat ten smaller meatballs and you are bound to be just as full but there is so much less satisfaction than knowing you conquered the giant meatball, right?  And just the presentation alone is worth it, friends.  Here's your plate and your one giant meatball.  Enjoy.  People get a kick out of it.  Well...at least I do. I've made a lot of meatballs in my life and there are ... Continue Reading

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed portobello mushrooms make the best gourmet weeknight meal.  Perfect for date night or even a casual evening with friends because the presentation is elegant but really the flavors are something everyone is familiar with. I mean who doesn't love a cream cheese and sausage stuffed mushroom as an appetizer at any cocktail party, right? So why not take the same idea and make it into a meal?  But even better because it's a little lighter without all that cream cheese and with a touch of ... 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

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