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

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

Brown Butter Scallops with Creamy Farro

Valentines day?  Romantic dinner for two? Elegant evening with friends? Check and check. Any which way you slice it this Brown Butter scallop recipe will win you some extra culinary points with your loved ones. Browning the butter gives you a simple sauce for your scallops with a delicious nutty flavor which pairs perfectly with the nuttiness of the whole grain, Farro.  If you haven't tried Farro yet - you must. It's an ancient grain that is full of protein and fiber that has a nice ... 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

Valentines Day Cheese Course

This is such an easy appetizer to any romantic dinner for two - it doesn't have to be Valentines Day.  And it doesn't even require any cooking!  So guys, if you are looking for something spectacular to make for someone special in your life then try out these amazing flavor combinations.  I promise you it will not disappoint.  The star of the dish is the Manchego cheese, which is a Spanish sheep's milk cheese and has a mild, nutty flavor to it.  Try to find one that has been aged for six ... Continue Reading