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

What’s for Dinner?

I usually start thinking about this right after breakfast. HA! But, I am a chef, so, I am kind of always thinking about food, meals, lists of ingredients, etc… I thought, hey, I can help answer this age old question of “What’s for dinner?” How? By telling you! No really, I have so many ideas, flavors, and recipes swirling around in my head. I have decided that I could really answer this question over and over again and at the same time offer some assistance to those of you who may be stumped, bored, uninspired, tired of the same old TV Dinner (just kidding, I know you never eat TV dinners). And of course if after you read this and you feel the burning [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:07:07-05:00July 10, 2012|Salads, Seafood|0 Comments

Heirloom Tomatoes

Eva Purple Ball, Green Zebra, Black Krim, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, HillBilly, Mortgage Lifter, Pink Ping Pong, Early Girl… No, I am not calling you names or listing bizarre obscenities. I am talking about tomatoes. I am particularly fascinated by the heirlooms…their rainbow of colors, unique appearances (wow! there are some delicious ugly tomatoes), and vast range of flavors. There are nearly 10,000 varieties of tomatoes. If you are thinking about growing your own, check out this book: The Great Tomato Book by Gary Ibsen. This guy ran the TomatoFest in Carmel, CA for the last 17 years (bummer, I just checked his website and it looks like he retired last year. So I guess no more TomatoFest but check out his book for some [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:07:07-05:00May 10, 2010|Appetizers, Salads, Side Dishes|0 Comments

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