Hot French Dinner Rolls

A member of my family bakes bread or rolls every day.  He always brings his rolls or breads when coming over for dinner to share with everyone.  They have the best texture.  One day I asked him what his secret was and he said that you have to have starch in your water.  His trick…

Relleno Minis

These little rellenos are a hit for any party!  They are also great for a side dish or an appetizer to any Mexican themed event.  I dreamed these up for a Mexican style appetizer party that a friend was hosting.  I wanted a small bite that was a combination of spicy and creamy.  Since then, I…

Argentinean Chimichurri

Ingredients 1/2 C. olive oil 2 T. lemon juice 2 t. minced garlic 1/3 C. minced shallot 1/3 C. minced fresh parsley 1/3 C. minced fresh basil 1 t. chopped fresh thyme 1 t. chopped fresh oregano salt & pepper to taste Directions Put all ingredients in a food processor except oil and pulse until…

Mistletoe Mulled Wine

Our December Dinner Club was held at Tracy’s home this year.  Starting the evening, she served Mistletoe Mulled Wine to the guests in a beautiful stemmed glass coffee mug.  She then poured the wine after it was done in a silver coffee pourer for all to share. I’ve had mulled wine before and thought it was…

Gingersnaps

I have a note to myself on my Gingersnap recipe in my recipe box that reads, “This is the best recipe!  I made this for the first time in 1997 when we went to Whistler and for each Christmas since.  The aroma is fabulous.  Everyone loves these.”    I remember that trip with my family.  I…

Cheesy Baked Eggs with Sausage

Cheesy Baked Eggs with Sausage Yes please! I love talking food with people anywhere, any time, and any place.  I was recently talking with a friend of mine about the changes you make when starting the school year.  He was saying that it is important to him and his wife that his kids had breakfast which launched…

Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi A little tiny light and fluffy pasta pillow.  Cover them with a pesto, marinara or brown butter sage sauce and you will be in heaven.  I have enormous passion for these little things. The first time I tried them was at a local restaurant known for their fabulous Italian food.  There were so many good things…

Summer Slaw

My family and I were on vacation and while away, we found a great little restaurant called Frommagio Bistro.  They serve small plates (tapas), wine and beer.  The restaurant was split in two sections, one having a tasting bar in the restaurant and the other having a cheese tasting bar opposite a gelato bar.  What could…

Horse Whip

This is a picture of a vineyard in March.  Not much going on.  I like this picture because of the mountain and the sky.  Expansive open range….and not a single sign of the busy, hectic, have to be on time everywhere you go life that I lead. Contrary to the vineyard, this is a recipe…

Spring Broccoli Salad

Spring Broccoli Salad Years ago I had this recipe for an Asian broccoli salad that was made with a spice packet from the Top Ramen package.  My husband calls Top Ramen, “Top Ramone”.  It’s pretty rare that we have Ramone, but I use the noodles for the Thai soup that is in this blog.  Anyway, I just loved that broccoli…

Corned Beef Shepard’s Pie

Combine traditional corned beef brisket with the simple yet savory of all pies, a shepards pie says “St. Patrick’s Day Dinner” like none other.  Doesn’t that look great?  Situate this entree on the table along side a pitcher of your favorite beer and dive in.  This pie has nice texture and great flavor.  After assembled, you can bake it off…

Champagne Cocktail – Love Potion No. 9

My girlfriend turned 39 and I had some friends over for a birthday celebration dinner.  I made a signature birthday champagne cocktail for everyone to start and toast her to another wonderful year ahead.  She loves raspberries which is the base of the cocktail.  Who doesn’t like raspberries and champagne? Love Potion No. 9 Ingredients…