Friday Flowers: Morning Glories and Roasted Hatch Chile Zucchini Bread Recipe


My Hatch Chile Festival is coming to a close . . . though I might throw a few on the grill this Labor Day Weekend.And my final Hatch Chile recipe is a sweet one.A very sweet one!Sweet and subtly spicy!While this is truly is a dessert, it'll surely stand out as a breakfast, brunch, or side.And why, … [Read more...]

Hatch Chile Shrimp Sauté with Coconut Rice Recipe


Is bragging always a bad thing?What if it's about something really fantastic you've done?Like say, cooking one of the most delicious meals you've ever tasted?I'm just going to go ahead and say that this Hatch Chile Shrimp Sauté with Coconut Rice is exactly that -- one of the best meals I've ever I've ever … [Read more...]

Roasted Hatch Chile Cornbread Casserole {Gluten-Free Recipe}


I'm having a Hatch Chile Festival.In my kitchen.(This is not to be confused with the enormous Hatch Chile festival going on Labor Day Weekend in New Mexico.  My kitchen is a bit smaller than New Mexico.)Truth is, all of my beautiful Hatch chiles from Melissa's have indeed been contributing to a festive … [Read more...]

Roasted Hatch Chile Pepper Jack, Bacon and Eggs Recipe


At the moment, Hatch chile peppers are to the culinary world what skinny jeans are to the fashion world.They're hot!Hatch Chiles are a prized New Mexican chile and are available in August and September. These favorite Southwestern chiles are grown in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces, where the … [Read more...]

Peach Caprese with Balsamic Glaze


Traditional Caprese, as you probably know, is made of fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. This Insalata Caprese is thought to have originated in Capri, hence its name.My Caprese originated in my mind -- a place not quite as glamorous as Capri.  It features thinly sliced peaches and asparagus.  It's as … [Read more...]

No-Bake Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake Recipe


This year my kids had a special, albeit brief, eight-week summer vacation -- the normal amount of weeks is twelve.  Well, school has started now, and it's been a big adjustment for all of us.Just as we were getting in our groove of pajamas all day, late breakfasts and late bedtimes, we found ourselves back in the … [Read more...]

Cooking On The Weekends + Sandstone Melons


True story:A little over a year ago, I ran out for some sushi rolls at our local market and returned home with the best melon I've ever tasted -- a Sugar Kiss.  (Good thing the produce department had a tray of samples out, because I can't pass those by!)After my family and I devoured this delectable melon, I … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Jupiter’s Beard and Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Sometimes I buy a bag of trail mix specifically for any pieces of chocolate it might include.(And by "sometimes," I mean "always.")The last time I was eating trail mix, my husband said, "I don't know why you don't just eat a bag of chocolate."Well, the reason is quite simple:  I feel better about my … [Read more...]

Strawberry-Grape Grilled Cheese with Brie and Lemony Basil


Sometimes I spend days creating recipes in my mind.Sometimes I spend hours, sometimes minutes, and sometimes just seconds.This one came to me almost instantly for a few reasons: I was famished. I had a craving for red grapes and brie the other day, so I had them on hand. My dad had just given me a big bag … [Read more...]

Summer Tomatoes: A Spanish Breakfast


The last time I was in Spain visiting Pilar, her brother Rafael made a breakfast I will never forget.This breakfast was simple, beautiful and delicious!  He made it almost every day -- right at the table! There was always a bowl of freshly picked, sun-kissed, summer tomatoes on the kitchen table in Pilar's family … [Read more...]