Cucumber-Dill Canapé Recipe

Cucumber Dill Canapé Recipe

I made these adorable, delicious hors d'oeuvres for the very first party I ever catered, way back in 1995. (Oh my!)  And I think these may have been on the menu of every party I catered there after.  They are always a crowd pleaser!  They're light, refreshing, pretty, and packed with flavor -- and all in one … [Read more...]

Spinach Kale Pesto Recipe

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When I was growing up, my parents grew beautiful basil in their garden.  (And they still do.)  So naturally, my mom made a ton of beautiful basil pesto!  It became a tradition to have the pesto on English muffins topped with thick slices of sweet, heirloom tomatoes (also from their garden).  This yummy dinner tradition … [Read more...]

Strawberry Avocado Salsa Recipe

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Tomorrow is June 21st -- the first official day of summer!  Yay! My two boys are very excited that school will be out soon. They know that more playtime and a slightly later bedtime will ensue.  For me, the excitement is about a new season of culinary delights!  There are dozens of foods summer brings -- strawberries … [Read more...]

Sugar Kiss Melons

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A lot of things happened in my kitchen over the weekend.  And I'll be sharing them all at some point, but today. . . it's all about the Sugar Kiss Melon.My boys wanted sushi for lunch -- a tuna cut-roll to be exact (hold the wasabi).  With no time to make this, I quickly ran to the market.  After I grabbed the … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe. . . With Roquefort, Bacon and Grilled Pear!

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Once I have roasted garlic in the house, I can't stop cooking with it.  And why would I?! One of the reasons to roast a lot of garlic at once is that it will go a long way.Usually I crave roasted garlic and garlic bread in the cool, winter months, but driving by all the garlic fields in Gilroy this past weekend … [Read more...]

Plantain-Picadillo Empenada Recipe

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This recipe is insanely delicious. Really and truly delicious! (You'll learn I don't hold back when I like something.)  I love Latin flavors and I cooked up a storm for Cinco de Mayo this year.This Picadillo recipe was the hit of the night. And I must say, the sweet plantain "dough" is brilliant!  (Wish that had … [Read more...]