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

Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad

Summer peaches.   Firm yet sweet and ripe.  They are the quintessential nostalgia of summer days gone by when the weather turns cooler and we are faced with peaches that - let's face it -are nowhere near as good.  Not sun kissed.  Not tender. They almost never seem to fully ripen.  Am I right?  So let's get down to a summer salad that sings the praises of the perfect summer peach while we still can. This salad is so simple and elegant and can be either an appetizer for four or a dinner ... Continue Reading

Apple-Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Fall is in the air and that means lots of apples around here.  And fresh pressed apple cider is in every grocery store right about now.  A classic flavor combination is pork, apples and fennel and a favorite way to combine those flavors is to stuff them into pork chops or a pork loin.  But I thought it would be fun to experiment with the same flavors in a different way.  Why not a fall salad instead?  And instead of pork chops what if I used prosciutto as the pork?  That got me excited ... Continue Reading

Summer Corn Risotto

My favorite summertime veggie is fresh corn. It's everywhere and it's cheap and it's sweet and crunchy right off the cob.  The best thing is almost everyone loves corn, right?  The biggest problem we seem to have is figuring out what else to do with it.  Corn on the cob....check.  Done and done and done.  Corn and black bean salad is another favorite side dish of mine that is great for picnics or summertime BBQ's because it holds up well and can sit out without wilting.  So here's my ... Continue Reading

Egg and Avocado Toast

Egg and Avocado Toast.  It doesn't get any simpler than that.  It's like the perfect little black dress. It can be dressed down and casual for every day events like breakfast at home for one or dressed up with a few accessories for a special occasion like a bridal shower or luncheon for twenty. Basic Version So lets talk options. I decided to use hard boiled eggs because they are an easy do ahead step and they slice beautifully.  Plus, who wants to stand there and make eggs twenty differ... Continue Reading

Roasted Mushroom, Cauliflower & Rainbow Chard Gratin

Fall is the smell of roasting vegetables.  At least in my kitchen.  And this roasted mushroom and cauliflower gratin mixed with sauteed onions and Rainbow Chard really puts me in that happy place where I can picture myself with a big bowl of hearty roasted veggies and crunchy, cheesy topping curled up in a chair next to a fire and reading a book.  Okay that might not actually happen.  More likely I'll be eating big spoonfuls out of the pan as I dash off to my kid's soccer game or basketball ... Continue Reading

Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes with Rosemary Sea Salt

Potatoes cooked in duck fat and sprinkled with rosemary sea salt is a match made in heaven.  Yes.....the French really know what they are doing.  This is a classic French dish that pairs so well with steak or even with something like Mussels or a bold chicken dish. "Why duck fat?" you may ask. It has a higher smoke point than olive oil and so it's good for roasting at high temperatures to get that crispy outside on the potato.  But more importantly it packs in a ton of flavor. And duck ... Continue Reading

Spanikopita Bites

Spanikopita bites. Flaky, delicate crunchy bites of phyllo pastry stuffed with loads of spinach and creamy feta cheese.  That's the Spanikopita we all dream about biting into, right?  The traditional Spanikopita is made with phyllo dough that is buttered and layered then stuffed with a spinach and onion mixture and Greek feta cheese then topped with more buttery phyllo. It usually is assembled in the shape of a pie or in a large 9 x 13 in baking dish and then baked and cut into large squares ... Continue Reading