Recipes

spinach with garlic and olive oil

Spinach, a vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals, and now being usurped by its famous cousin, kale. But spinach with a good toss of olive and garlic can never be...

simple is beautiful, rose centerpiece

Creating a striking centerpiece does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.  Every once in awhile, I love the beauty and simplicity (and tradition) of red roses. In a medium...

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...

lovey potatoes

These potatoes are a little novelty to make around Valentine’s Day, well for that matter whenever you want to send a little love. Yes, heart-shaped, you are seeing correctly. The...

place setting, Zen style

You can create an interesting table with a bit of thought, some creativity and not too much time.  Here I set a table for a friend’s birthday lunch and used...

cucumber and mint yoghurt (mast-o-khiar)

There are many renditions of yoghurt and cucumber recipes includint those with mint, dill and even pistachios.  In Indian cuisine you have Raita, in Greek you will find Tzatziki, and...

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

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, especially on Valentine’s Day.  Creamy tomato soup is surprisingly satisfying and the heart-shaped croutons add a fun, loving...

tres leches cake

Three milk cake, or Pastel de Tres Leches, is one of the most common cakes in Latin American.  Similar to mole, the cake recipe differs slightly by country and also...

lazy (s)mashed potatoes

Who likes to peel 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)...

spiced up lamb Koofteh

I have made a lot of meatballs with beef, turkey, pork, and veal but Persian cuisine introduced me to the lamb meatball.  Each region has a different name for its...

mexican black beans with garlic

Black beans.  The staple of diets in most of the southern hemisphere and packed with protein and fiber.  You can make this recipe from dried beans, which some people say...

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 with...

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 find salads are...

butterscotch pot de creme

I’ll admit this recipe sounds complicated and rather fancy but despite the French sounding name, these “puddings” are relatively simple to make and delightful to taste. Your biggest “challenge” for...

simply delicious mini frittatas

Easy, delightful and wonderful method to serve eggs for a group of people.  Mini or cupcake size, the frittatas can be partially prepared in advanced and then cooked off 30...

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,...

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...

the classic grilled filet steak

Grilling steak may take a few tries to master but the key is not to overcook, if anything, undercook because you can always cook it more. A good meat thermometer...

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...

creamy leeks with white beans

Leeks are not something often served as a vegetable (in the US) but more often used as the base for seasoning sauces and other dishes. ...

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 with this recipe. The only...

perfect balance of flavors

fresh and traditional guacamole

This recipe is from a cooking class, Flavors for Mexico, I took at La Cocina Cooking School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Guacamole recipes...

making it slowly- cooked carnitas

Mexican food is ideal meal for casual, fun get-togethers, especially if any kids are involved.   Fresh Mexican food is a crowd pleaser and carnitas are delicious and super easy.  The...

It’s pesto

Fresh basil has such a strong, wonderful fragrance.  It fills a room with its aroma and just begs to be put into some amazing dish. Making a fresh pesto, which...

tiramisu di Alessandra

My very good friend Alessandra is from Padua, Italy and a fantastic cook.  Actually both she and her husband, Luigi, are incredible hosts.  An invitation...

rich and warm french onion soup

Having returned from a cooking class called ‘French Cooking at Home” at Sur La Table in San Francisco, I was reminded how delicious a hot, steamy dripping-with-cheese French onion soup...

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...

a perfect Bolognese sauce

Bolognese sauce is like beef stew or a curry.  It tastes even better the day after making it.  All the lovely flavors have blended together which makes it a good...

fresh and easy tomato sauce

This sauce is quite simple and is made with fresh cherry or baby tomatoes- I like to mini San Marzano Plum tomatoes but buy what...

roasted kale with chick peas

Roasting kale, as in this recipe, makes a wonderful side dish, complement to fish or meat and even a tasty snack.  You can complete all the steps many hours before...

coconut rice

The coconut milk in this recipe adds just a hint of sweetness- not to overwhelming but nicely perfumed. This recipe adds just a light hint of coconut to the taste....

honey soy roasted salmon

I don’t remember when I first started making this dish and it has been changed and adapted over the years. Salmon is such a hearty, flavorful fish making it ideal...