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

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

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