American

salmon with fresh pesto

Fresh pesto can be delicious on a variety of different fishes but work especially well with the a luscious piece of salmon fillet. If you...

Lemon parmesan baked chicken

What can make a chicken breast more interesting?  This recipe takes chicken to a new level with the sharp flavor of parmesan cheese offset by the freshness of lemon. I...

Orzo with roasted eggplant

Orzo is one of those hybrids of pasta and rice that works well with so many meals.  This recipe is great for lunch but most often I use it as...

Longing for asparagus

When asparagus is in season, the long, thin and delicious vegetable makes for the perfect companion to any grilled or roasted meat or fish, or...

Oh my, lemon & basil sorbet

When lemons are ripe in California, my friends know I love using them and send me dozens straight from their gardens- my sister Joanna’s from Sonoma, my friend Bernadette’s from...

heart-y grilled cheese

A combination of hot creamy tomato soup and heart-shaped grilled cheese is not only good for Valentine’s Day but anytime you want to have some whimsical fun. When we moved...

lovey potatoes

These potatoes are a little novelty to make whenever you want to send a little love. Yes, heart-shaped sliced potatoes…you are seeing correctly. You can...

vietnamese chicken salad

Now this is a a really good salad with its crunchy, salty, sweet and tart melange of flavors. The first time I made it was in a class with a...

the best ever key lime pie

Ahhhh….key lime pie is creamy and tart and creamy and delicious, and the recipe is a real show stopper. Making the pie could not be more simple, and the cookie...

apple of my pie- caramel apple pie

The first time I made this caramel apple pie was for an Easter lunch with my then boyfriend, and now husband,  and his family.  I was so nervous that when...

creamy tomato soup to love

What a delicious way to show your love.  Creamy tomato soup is surprisingly satisfying and the heart-shaped croutons add a fun, loving way to make it...

lazy (s)mashed potatoes

Who likes peeling potatoes?  I often make these potatoes when I do not want to bother to peel the skins of potatoes, and want something slightly different (and lighter) than...

horseradish sauce

A complement to so many dishes, I continually use this recipe for both meat and fish dishes.  It is super simple to make and adds a kick of flavor to...

basic but beautiful rice

What more is there to say about a well cooked bowl of rice?  Simple, pure and such a perfect companion to a variety of dishes.

simple green salad with fennel

This salad is extremely simple and full of flavor.  The fennel is what makes it so good….well the fennel and really tossing the salad with seasoning. I think the key...

simply delicious mini frittatas

An easy, delightful and wonderful method to serve eggs for a group of people.  Mini or cupcake size, the frittatas can be partially prepared in...

let it crumble crumb coffee cake

Who doesn’t love crumb cake?  Maybe it is a little old fashioned but that’s what makes it even more wonderful and heartwarming.  The crumbly sugar, butter and cinnamon crust baked...

hot or not avocado toasts

Avocado on toast is all the rage.  It is funny how you can find it almost everywhere.  I knew the world was mad for it when we saw it on...

bright burst meyer lemon tart

I love baking but given the chemistry in the process, I rarely change a recipe I find.  Yes, I may add or change a spice but the measurements and types...

fabulous fish cakes

Fish cakes are delicious for a light and flavorful lunch or a starter course.  Slightly unexpected and always appreciated, it is hard to go wrong...

all american chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are almost like vanilla ice cream, maybe considered a bit bland, not very creative and somewhat ordinary.  But not only do I love vanilla ice cream, I...