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

Panzanella Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

Hold up!  Summer is not over yet.  Is it? Well even if it is this Panzanella Salad with grilled veggies and a beautiful grilled lemon-basil dressing is a hit year round.  It's a hearty salad, more of a side dish than just a salad, and it won't wilt in the summer heat so it's perfect for a picnic or barbeque if you are lucky enough to squeeze one last one in this Labor Day weekend.  Panzanella is a Tuscan inspired 'bread' salad with fresh vegetables where the day-old bread soaks up the ... Continue Reading

Fresh Fig, Peach and Brie Crostini

It's fig season!  And peach season!  And crostini season?  Well....it's no secret that I love a good crostini.  It's my 'go to' for entertaining because you can pile pretty much anything fresh and seasonal on some bread and call it a day.  Right?  Well almost.  This fresh fig, peach and brie crostini dish is the perfect example of how balance is everything and using fresh, seasonal ingredients  to make a beautiful bite for the senses is an art in itself.  Less is more.  It's all ... Continue Reading

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars

Nothing reminds me of home and being a kid more than a peanut butter and honey sandwich.  I LOVED them growing up.  So as part of my segment for KCRA on Dorm Room Dishes I decided to come with an easy, no-bake treat that had the flavors of a peanut butter and honey sandwich AND that could be made in the microwave.  Perfect for a college dorm room,  right? Now I'm not normally a microwave kind of cook unless it's reheating something but I have to say these really turned out delicious!  ... Continue Reading

Spicy Garlic and Parmesan Pasta

This is Spicy Garlic and Parmesan Pasta is one of the easiest pasta dishes you could ever make but seriously one of my all time favorites.  Something magical happens with the combination of crushed red pepper flakes, basil, and fresh chopped garlic mixed with olive oil and then gently heated. And then when you add that salty, nutty parmesan cheese to the mix it's just out of this world delicious.  A combination made in culinary heaven.  Best of all it's fast and inexpensive!  Which ... Continue Reading

Tuna fish three ways

There is nothing more fun than taking a simple dish - like tuna fish - and finding new ways to present it and eat it.  It's all about options with this tuna trio.  I came up with these ideas as part of my cooking segment for KCRA3 on what college kids can make in their dorm room kitchens.  Unless things have changed dramatically since I went to college, which is possible, it's all about cheap, quick and easy.  Also, tuna fish is a very healthy option for college kids who may be concerned ... 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

Wedge Salad with Crispy Chorizo

A crisp wedge salad with a creamy buttermilk dressing and blue cheese and tomatoes is a delicious classic that usually comes topped with crumbled bacon.  This is a dish you'll find on the menu at most steak houses across America and one that I know many of my friends enjoy, too.  While I can't argue with a classic I thought that by adding a smoky element of chorizo sausage, instead of the bacon, would be a great way to update this salad and give it an interesting twist.  An Internati... Continue Reading

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I know I'm going out on a limb here calling this the 'perfect picnic pasta salad' but I am standing by it!  And I'm one who doesn't typically love pasta salad because it's often too goopy for my taste.  And bland.  Dreadfully bland.  But not to worry this pasta salad is neither goopy or bland.  In fact the pasta has a ton of flavor to it and it's all thanks to few tricks.  Here's the play by play. Make sure you have the mayonnaise, mustard and cheese mixture whisked together and ready ... 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