8 posts tagged parmesan

Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake

Most people I know are busy.  Like really busy.  Baseball season for the kiddos is in full swing which means practice several evenings a week, or there's swim team, or dance, or music lessons, or karate... or all of the above!  And that doesn't include the PTA meetings or work functions or.......whew.  So a lot of nights we all have to choose between eating out or not eating.  And eating out is fine but it can add up and often times is not as healthy.  But what do you do when you don't ... 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

Spicy Garlic and Parmesan Pasta

This is Spicy Garlic and Parmesan Pasta is one of the easiest pasta dishes you could ever make but seriously one of my all time favorites.  Something magical happens with the combination of crushed red pepper flakes, basil, and fresh chopped garlic mixed with olive oil and then gently heated. And then when you add that salty, nutty parmesan cheese to the mix it's just out of this world delicious.  A combination made in culinary heaven.  Best of all it's fast and inexpensive!  Which ... Continue Reading

Browned Artichoke Pasta Salad

  Spring is here! And that means fresh artichokes everywhere I go from the grocery store to the farmer's markets.  The best fresh artichoke is one that is young and tender and a lighter green color versus the darker green with the larges outer leaves.  And the good news with those is there is less of a prickly center to remove, too. But get what you can find and this pasta recipe will help you deliver all the best flavor through blanching and then sautéing the artichoke hearts in ... Continue Reading

Prosciutto Egg Cups – Easter Brunch

These prosciutto egg cups are actually simple to make but they really lend an elegant look to any brunch buffet and is the perfect addition to my Easter Brunch menu.  I am going to serve this along with a walnut pesto to really make them extra special.  I am also serving a Caprese Salad that is my own twist on a traditional Caprese Salad because I add thinly sliced red onions, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and chopped pistachios for crunch. This recipe can be found in my cookbook, The ... Continue Reading

Walnut Basil Pesto

Walnut basil pesto is a wonderful twist on a classic pine nut pesto.  And if you live in Northern California, like me, then Walnuts are actually a local product and all the more reason to use them. But even if you don't, they are available year-round in any grocery store anywhere and are a healthy way to jazz up your pesto sauce.  They actually give the pesto a heartier profile and more texture and are less expensive than pine nuts.  Win-win.  But don't just take my word on it, try it!  I ... Continue Reading

Creamy Crab Dip with a Kick

This creamy crab dip is different than other crab dips out there.  It has plenty of fresh crab in it, and that's the star of the dish, but it also has a complexity and layers of flavors from a variety of freshly roasted peppers.  I used a blend that ranges from mild to medium hot to get the most in terms of different flavors and colors.  I think it should have a building heat that doesn't overpower the crab itself.  But feel free to change it up and use any peppers that you like.  And if ... Continue Reading

Garden Zucchini Soup & Parmesan Thyme Crisps

My mom and my sister both got the gardener gene.  They are amazing and can make anything grow in abundance.  So when their zucchini comes in, well…let’s just say there aren't enough zucchini recipes to go around.  I created this one as a starter course to our Easter dinner last year and it was a huge hit in our family.  I decided to recreate this dish today but since my mom and sister aren't nearby I had to use organic store-bought zucchini.  It was still delicious but I sure missed ... Continue Reading