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

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

Vegetarian Chili

No meat?  Vegetarian Chili? What's this all about, you ask? Okay all you meat lovers out there don't panic.  It's so easy to add a little bit of shredded chicken or ground beef to this dish and still follow this exact recipe.  Or, if you are like many households out there who are split on veggie versus meat lovers just make a big batch of the veggie and add the meat into half of it. My story of vegetarian chili starts with being pregnant with my son several years ago. I never was a big ... 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

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

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Persimmons and pomegranates are both in season right now and make a delicious addition to your fall table, whether entertaining for the holidays or just having a weeknight meal with family. To amp up the festive flavors I made a pomegranate vinaigrette to go with it using pomegranate vinegar and shallots and a couple of other ingredients.  But, if you don't have any on hand, just substitute regular balsamic vinegar instead. And this is one of those salads where I think ingredients really ... Continue Reading

Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Poblano and Corn

With Fall approaching I wanted to make something that celebrates the Fall flavors I love so much - despite the fact it's still 90 plus degrees outside.  Who knows...maybe a nice little Fall soup will trigger the cooler weather.  And for me it's the roasting  of veggies that really brings me fully from one season to the next.   So, of course I needed to start with something roasted and decided sweet potato was a good place to start.  I don't know about you but soup seemed to make ... Continue Reading