Buttered Baba Ganoush

Buttered Baba Ganoush -(Moutabal aka, baba ganoush)  is made with aubergines, tahini, pine nuts and plenty of garlic. Beautiful and exotic — these are two words that best describe a delicate, aubergine. They come in so many varieties. Most commonly seen are the lavender to purple varieties, but what many of us didn’t know, is that ….  Aubergines areContinue reading “Buttered Baba Ganoush”

How to Make a 10 Minute Dashi Broth

  What is Dashi? Dashi is a very simple broth that is  one of the cornerstones of Japanese cooking. It is made with kombu (dried kelp), and bonito fish flakes. The results produce an amazing flavorful clear broth. One that has the taste and smell of a fresh salty ocean. Dashi is so flavorful itContinue reading “How to Make a 10 Minute Dashi Broth”

10 Minute Umami Fried Rice 

During the week families need meals that are fast, cheap and easy. If I make rice I ALWAYS make additional and set some aside just for this recipe. My family loves this fried rice and I do too because it is practically a meal-in-itself.  Add sautéed shrimp or grilled chicken to the dish, and thereContinue reading “10 Minute Umami Fried Rice “

Pommes de Terre Gratinées ~”Potatoes with Cheese”~

  A Gratin is a culinary technique in which a casserole recipe is topped with a browned crust, from breadcrumbs, grated cheese, sometimes eggs and or butter. Gratin originated in French cuisine, and is usually prepared in a shallow cooking vessel. The flavors are rich and delicious. Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus additional for preparingContinue reading “Pommes de Terre Gratinées ~”Potatoes with Cheese”~”

Bourbon Maple Meatballs for Cocktail Time! Oooohh yeah! 

These little appetizer meatballs are a delicious start to kick off your party !  Ingredients: 1 pound ground meatloaf mix, (ground beef, pork and veal) 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs 1 large egg 2 clove garlic, minced fine 1 tablespoon good quality olive oil 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon groundContinue reading “Bourbon Maple Meatballs for Cocktail Time! Oooohh yeah! “

Lucious Parsnip Purée with Truffle Oil ! 

Parsnips are my all time favorite root vegetable to purée or mash ! They are so naturally sweet and not too starchy, which makes for an ultra-silky side dish!  Ingredients: 2 pounds fresh parsnips, peeled, thinly sliced- tough cores should be removed on larger parsnips but not necessary on small tender ones 4 garlic cloves,Continue reading “Lucious Parsnip Purée with Truffle Oil ! “

Non-Dairy Hot Chocolate Chai 

Ahhhhh, comforting ! A nice warm cup of drinking chocolate with chai spice! Perfect for a cozy fall,  or winter evening!! Ingredients: 2 cups organic, vanilla almond milk, sweetened. (Or my nut milk recipe here- plus adding 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract – or, one vanilla bean-sliced open, and seeds removed into milk. And 2Continue reading “Non-Dairy Hot Chocolate Chai “

Homemade Bacon-Maple Butter

Delicious on just about anything including a good grilled steak. Love this on my recipe for homemade pumpkin spiced flap-jacks, or extra toasty waffles. The best part about making this homemade bacon-maple butter, is that your entire house will smell like holiday ( Insert big, happy sigh.) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. unsalted butter, cut into approximatelyContinue reading “Homemade Bacon-Maple Butter”

Drunken Bacon for that “Grown-up” Sunday Brunch you’ve been longing for ! (This Bacon is Hot, Sweet and Sticky, so be prepared to have   “Breakfast in Bed!” )

Clothing optional ! I’d serve these sexy bits of heaven with a side of warm melted chocolate – but that’s just me. #ParentsDayOff  Ingredients: 1/4 cup good quality pure maple syrup 1/4 cup good quality Bourbon  1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 pounds, 3/4-inch-thick slices of skinless slabContinue reading “Drunken Bacon for that “Grown-up” Sunday Brunch you’ve been longing for ! (This Bacon is Hot, Sweet and Sticky, so be prepared to have   “Breakfast in Bed!” )”

Spicy Gingered Chicken Bites, with Honey-Orange Glaze! 

These bite-sized appetizers own it! The flavor parings are a match made in food heaven – garlic, ginger, orange, and honey. Oooo yeah ! Perfect to carry off to a game day tailgate party!  Ingredients:  1/2 c local honey, warmed ever so slight  3 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger  2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice  1/4Continue reading “Spicy Gingered Chicken Bites, with Honey-Orange Glaze! “