Recipes

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...

roasted potatoes with garlic & rosemary

These potatoes are my go-to side dish because not only are they easy to prepare but complement many different types of proteins- chicken, beef and fish. Many recipes require you...

swordfish with tomatoes & olives

Fish.  Many people are afraid of cooking any type of fish because there is a tendency to overcook it.  To this I say do not be afraid!  The key is...

Easy Cacio e Pepe Pasta

I have been making this pasta forever and am never disappointed.  With just a few ingredients- pasta, cheese, butter, olive oil, salt and ground pepper- you have a delicious dish....

Chinese Hot Pot (Da Bin Low)

Any type of fondue, savory or sweet, is such a fun dish to serve.  Over 10 years ago, I received two beautiful copper fondue pots and was eager to use...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 way to make it more...

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...

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...

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...

green beans… in a variety of ways

Green beans are my go to vegetable- easy to cook, work with a large variety of main courses, most people enjoy them- and you can add lots of different ingredients...

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...

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...

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, 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...

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...

delicious leeks with white beans

Leeks are not something often served as a side dish vegetable but more often used as the base for seasoning sauces and other dishes.  In England, serving leeks as a...

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...

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 vary a bit depending on...

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...

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 to dinner from them is...

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 is the freshest or easiest. ...

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...

bold broccolini with garlic and ginger

The broccoli can be boiled the day before and stored in the refrigerator.  Remove from the refrigerator a least an hour before and then prepare with the sesame oil, garlic...

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...

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...