Muscato Grape-Shallot Pork Chops


The entrée, the main course. . . . it's dinner, really. Today we're making the Muscato Grape-Shallot Pork Chops, which will be beautifully placed on top of the Mashed Okinawan Sweet Potatoes and Citrus Steamed Asparagus.  All strewn with the Crispy Asparagus Garnish.  It's really a beautiful dinner party plate!I … [Read more...]

Mashed Okinawan Sweet Potatoes


These potatoes are as delicious as they are stunning.As excited as I was to learn all about rambutans from Melissa's Produce last week, I was even more thrilled to be introduced to these gorgeous and intriguing Okinawan sweet potatoes.Okinawan sweet potatoes are purple on the inside, and a creamy beige on the … [Read more...]

Citrus Steamed Asparagus and Crispy Asparagus Garnish


Over Rambutini cocktails yesterday, I promised we'd plan our entrée for a dinner party for this weekend.(Have you invited your guests?)And the entrée is . . . Muscato Grape-Shallot Pork Chops with Mashed Okinawan Sweet Potatoes and Citrus Steamed Asparagus.This Citrus Steamed Asparagus is going to brighten … [Read more...]

Rambutini: A Rambutan Martini Recipe


A Rambutan Martini Recipe -- I'm calling it a Rambutini. Fun!What is a rambutan, you ask?  Have you ever seen one?  Tried one?I'd seen these jewels before, but didn't know their name until last week when I was fortunate enough to learn about this super cool, exotic fruit from Melissa's Produce.A rambutan is … [Read more...]

October #Unprocessed – Join Me!


Want to do something really cool in October?How about giving up processed foods?  I'm doing it!  In fact, it's the second year in a row that I've taken a pledge to do it -- it's October Unprocessed!Don't let the idea of this freak you out -- you might find you hardly eat any processed foods as it is.  And if … [Read more...]

Rosemary Potatoes Confit Recipe


Do you remember the Chocolate Peanut Butter Decadence dessert I made?  From my anniversary dinner?Really, how could you not!?Well, I've been holding out out on you. (Don't be mad. ;-))At that same dinner, I also had a fantastic potato dish -- Potatoes Confit.  And yes, I just had to recreate it!Confit … [Read more...]

Pears . . . Welcoming Fall


Pears were once called "the fruit of kings," and "the fruit of the gods."Cultivated for over four thousand years, I call them divine -- sweet, succulent, aromatic, and juicy.There are hundreds of varieties of pears, and those most familiar to us are likely Bartlette, Bosc, Comice, and D'Anjou  -- to name a … [Read more...]

Curried Tomato Beef Stew


My Thai Curry Paste is gone.We sure had a lovely time together. . .It was so much fun slathered on those divine Curry French Fries, wasn't it?!And oh-so-wonderful for kale leaves to soften in all night, for the super delicious Kale-Grape Salad.And today the last of the it dances with flavor in this … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Daisies and Lemon Pepper Chocolate Truffles

Friday Flowers: Yellow Daisies & Lemon Pepper Chocolate Truffles |

I'm a lucky girl.Every year my in-laws bring me wonderful, wonderful chocolates from Europe.  Receiving them is one of the most delightful treats ever!This year one of the chocolates from Belgium was flavored with lemon and black pepper.  I hadn't tried that flavor combination before, and to be honest, I wasn't … [Read more...]

Kale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, Potatoes and Honey Glazed Pistachios


Kale has been one of the hippest, hottest, healthiest foods for a few years now.(Well, it's been one of the healthiest foods since forever.)I love kale chips. Don't most of us?I also love kale sautéed until it caramelizes.  Yum!I didn't, however, think I loved raw kale.  At least, not until … [Read more...]