Tomato and Red Pepper Feta Spread

Tomato and Red Pepper Feta Spread. Fresh tomatoes! It's the peak of summertime and once those tomatoes start ripening on the vine they just keep coming don't they?  At first you are excited to see those first few ripen on the vine and turn from pale green to a perfectly ripened, sweet, juicy red.  But after a few weeks of non-stop tomatoes you are practically giving them away to anyone who will take them. And even if you aren't growing them in your garden they are in season and on sale in ... Continue Reading

Brown Sugar and Bourbon Glazed Bacon

Part of my Father's Day menu is this mouth watering and super simple Brown Sugar and Bourbon Glazed Bacon.  It contains all the necessary elements (sweet, salty and little back-of-the-mouth tang from the Bourbon).  And it's the perfect accompaniment for any brunch but particularly a Father's Day brunch that features all things bourbon, bacon and beer.  I bet you know a dad out there who will love this amped up version of bacon!  And if you aren't sure of the bourbon part (or if you want to ... Continue Reading

Bacon Caprese Cups

Father's Day is coming up and in honor of all the bacon loving dads out there I wanted to create a menu that includes bacon and/or beer in every dish.  I'm starting out with these Bacon Caprese Cups and we'll see where it goes from there!  Caprese Salad is so delicious and simple.  It celebrates the beauty of a perfectly ripe, sun-kissed tomato with just a few simple ingredients like creamy mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, olive oil and salt.  While this version might make a purist cringe ... Continue Reading

Cinco De Mayo Salsa

Fresh salsa.  Simple but irresistible. This Cinco De Mayo inspired salsa is easy, fresh, and delicious.  Served alongside some guacamole, chips, and a refreshing, ice-cold margarita you have yourself the perfect starter for any Cinco De Mayo celebration.  Store bought salsa is fine but why not blend up a quick batch of your own?  It only takes a few minutes and a couple of ingredients that you may already have on hand.  And if there are any leftovers....not that there will be... I love ... 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

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Nothing could be easier than this three ingredient sweet and spicy chicken.  It's honey, Sriracha, and oranges.  I like to use clementines this time of year (in the Mandarin family) but really you can use any kind you can find. The great thing about this recipe is you can feed a crowd or cut it up and put it on skewers as a fancy appetizer.  Either way it's a winner.  The key is to marinade for at least a couple of hours but that's the hardest part about it.  Other than that it's a cinch ... 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

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

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

Roasted Poblano Crema

What is a crème, you may ask?  It's very simply a thick, creamy sauce that is seen in Mexican cooking (think Fish Tacos with crema) similar to crème fraiche (French cultured sour cream).  Crema is thinner than the American version, sour cream.  This Roasted Poblano Crema is my twist on a regular crema because it really packs in the flavor with the roasted Poblano pepper mixed into the puree.  I also add in some cilantro, garlic and lime juice for a balance of flavors.  And I used ... Continue Reading