Bring on the Sun (and Wild Salmon)!

Not much revives the mind and spirit like a change of scenery, especially when that involves palm trees and crashing waves!  The past, almost, year has been challenging to say the least, so my family took the opportunity to do something most people cannot normally plan to do with an office job and kids in school...we flew away to Hawaii for two months!  With my daughter still on East Coast time doing remote school, and 2 weeks in, the hardest part has been dragging her from bad at 3:30 each weekday morning.  What it does provide is a few peaceful early morning hours to do some planning and organizing, then we have almost a full day to enjoy this amazing place...and, I don't have [...]

Tacos Por Favor!

We love tacos in my family... particularly Baja style, and either shrimp or fish are the go to.  Having spent so long in Southern California, we became pretty spoiled when it comes to Mexican food and it is not always easy to satisfy the craving here on the East Coast.  So, when I begin to daydream of the California sun, trips to Baja and snacking on fresh and authentic tacos under a palapa style roof, I will pull out this recipe for Grilled Shrimp Tacos...sometimes making my own corn tortillas to boot!   Grilled Lemon Shrimp Tacos w/ Cumin-Lime Cream and Avocado-Tomato Salsa Grilled Shrimp: 1 pound shelled shrimp Zest of 1 lemon 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon black [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:43-05:00July 25, 2018|Main Courses, Recipes, Seafood|0 Comments

Spring into grillin’… Veggies!

Spring time in the North East is always a bit…unpredictable!  This year has been especially crazy with the constant up and down on the thermometer, but that has not put a chill into Spring fever…not today anyway!  We are finally having a more April-like day today, and I am thinking about the warmer days to, hopefully, come in the next months.  The change of seasons is always so exciting, especially food wise, and transitioning from Winter meal choices to warm weather food makes us all happy.  One cooking tool that always comes to mind about now is the grill, and it is time to dust mine off and bring it out of hibernation!  My menus have already begun to reflect the switch from slow [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:44-05:00April 13, 2018|Side Dishes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Winter, a time for (veggie) stew!

March is the time of year when it seems that Winter should be over, or almost over anyway.  But, here in the North East, this month is very hard to predict....then again, this whole season has been that way so far!  It has been unnaturally warm the past couple of weeks, and it appears this weekend will be unusually cold...sooo, a great time for STEW!  I am not talking about a heavy stew with lots of meat and potatoes.  The stew I want to make is light and comforting, using vegetables associated with the season, beans and quinoa to make it a complete meal.  Delicious with a crusty loaf of bread and Green Salad, or just on its own with a glass of your [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:44-05:00March 1, 2017|Menu, Soups, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Summertime, and the living’ is easy!

Ahhh, Summer!  I love the long days, how beautiful all the gardens look, wearing dresses and flip flops and, of course, the simplicity of the grill.  The heat of the season means lots of salads, cold food and never using a kitchen stove.  It also keeps us all outside, at the beach or just playing, much later in the day, which leaves me scrambling to figure out what to make for dinner.  As always, I want to use ingredients of the season, even better if I can find them locally and  two of my favorite foods for the summer are Peaches (obviously) and Sword Fish.  I only eat Sword Fish in the summer when I can get it from a local fish market, that [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:44-05:00July 20, 2016|Main Courses, Recipes, Seafood|0 Comments

Finally, Summer!

A few months ago it seemed as if we would never see Summer again, but, as always, it has arrived.   Summer is the time for outdoor gatherings, going to the beach, farmers markets, grilled food and lots of salads!  The best hot summer evening meal consists of something cooked on the grill (because who wants to turn on the stove...INSIDE?!) and a great salad full of fresh vegetables.  A salad can be as simple as buying those beautiful mixed greens from the local farm and adding your favorite dressing, or you can jazz it up with anything from tomatoes and cucumbers to cheese, nuts and fruit.  You could even include grains and proteins to make a one dish meal for a balmy evening [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:45-05:00July 16, 2015|Main Courses, Salads, Side Dishes|0 Comments

Last Blast of Winter!

So, March decided to come in like a lion...and go out out like one too!  It is a blustery day here in the North East, a cold, blustery day and, though the calender swears it is, it really does not feel anything like Spring!  Though my mind has been wandering to more warm weather food as I prepare to put together my Spring/Summer catering menu and begin planning  the Summer garden, today has brought me back to the heart of winter cooking.  This weather is made for a hot fire and a warm meal, like a slow cooked stew, a  hearty soup or these White Beans w/ Winter Herbs, Sausage and Onions.  Served with a great salad or side of cooked greens, you have a [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:45-05:00March 26, 2014|Main Courses, Meat|0 Comments

A Wintery Mix

By February, winter has really set in here in the North East!  This winter, in particular, has been especially cold and the recent nor'easters have meant many snow days cooped up inside.  The most common phrase I have heard lately is "I can't wait for Spring!"  Besides the cold, another aspect of winter most of us become bored with quickly is the limited food choices.  Traditionally, we eat more wintery foods to keep our inner fires burning and or bodies fueled for the frigid temperatures.  These include long cooked meats, stews, casseroles, soups and most of our vegetables are those which can be stored in a cellar through the long winter months.  I happen to love these foods, especially root vegetables roasted until caramelized [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:45-05:00February 12, 2014|Main Courses, Side Dishes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

The color of Fall

I love Fall!  The leaves changing color, the sun through the trees casting a golden glow, the crisp, invigorating air and the warm smells of slow cooking remind me of all that is wonderful about New England.  It is this that I missed living in Southern California and a big reason we longed to be back on the East Coast every year when Fall came around. For a few weeks now, I have found myself gravitating toward ingredients and preparations suitable to the time of year...roasting, braising, soups and stews, roots, winter squashes, hearty greens...warming and grounding, to prepare ourselves for the winter to come.  One of my favorite Fall and Winter vegetables is the Butternut Squash.  So sweet, colorful and versatile, Butternut Squash [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:45-05:00November 8, 2013|Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Summertime means Tomatoes!

My garden is currently teeming with tomatoes, not to mention the gigantic zucchini and booming kale, but the tomatoes are the most plentiful, and really delicious to boot!  With the rain in July and then some drier weather in August, the fruit id sweet and ripening almost faster than I can use it.  My quick go to plan for using a tomato bounty is to toss them with some extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper and roast them in a 350 degree oven until they are soft and slightly browned.  This makes a great topping for homemade pizza or tossed with pasta, fresh garlic, grated Parmesan and fresh chopped basil.  Served with a great green salad, either would make a yummy, quick [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:45-05:00August 27, 2013|Appetizers, Main Courses, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

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