Buttermilk Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Jalapeno and Cilantro

Coleslaw, for me, was never that exciting.  Sometimes goopy.   Sometimes bland.  Sometimes downright questionable on how long it's been sitting out  and therefore easily passed over.  I mean is that just me?  I don't think I can ever recall someone saying, "Oh good you brought coleslaw."  But I wanted to change that and give this simple side dish a chance in the limelight. So for this Labor Day, to go alongside my slow cooked ribs, I set out to make a coleslaw that has some real bold ... Continue Reading

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

Greek Kebab Skewers

If you can't travel to Greece this year then bring the flavors and aromas of Greece to you. We are all missing travel right now and looking for ways to stay connected to the world around us.  I love watching cooking travel shows on Netflix like 'Feed Phil' and 'Chef's Table' for inspiration and to feel like I've actually been somewhere! When I was a young twenty something I had the chance to go to the Greek Islands and let me tell you it was an experience I'll never forget and, especially now, ... 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

Chicken and Mozzarella Puff Pastry Cups

Leftover chicken? Busy week night? Weekend brunch? These versatile chicken and mozzarella puff pastry cups are the 'go to' for any occasion.  They can be served right out of the oven - gooey and hot -or at room temperature as part of a brunch buffet.  And they reheat beautifully in the oven for a few minutes.  This makes it a great do-ahead dish, too.  How do you make these magical little cups?  Here's the play-by-play....and it couldn't be easier. Game Plan Start with a few good ... 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

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

Zucchini Noodle Salad

Recently my sister and I took our kids to Santa Cruz for a fun getaway and cousin time.  Along the way we stopped at a pizza place in Campbell, CA and had this delicious zucchini noodle salad.  It was packed with flavor and different veggies (roasted red peppers, olives, fresh and sundried tomatoes, artichokes) and had this spicy, tangy light dressing to it.  The best part was that my niece, who was all of 1 years old, was shoveling this salad into her mouth by the fistful.  She loved it!  ... 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