Roasted Garlic

It is amazing how scents can transform a mood, bring back a memory or excite a calm or frenzied mood in people.  I believe that garlic is one of those undeniable scents that would make even the most novice cook want to venture into the kitchen, thrown on an apron and hit the stove. This easy technique…

AntiPasto Salad

AntiPasto’s literal translation is ‘Before the Meal’ and is a traditional Italian starter course for meal time.  And I can’t think of a better way to start a meal than with mouth watering cheeses, cured meats and the perfect vinaigrette dressing.  The dressing in this recipe truly makes the meal.  Just the right mix of…

Grilled Romaine Salad

I have always believed in hard work, especially when it comes to my career and definitely when it comes to my cooking.  Where I may have had a shortcoming is with my eating….I’m sure you’re all aware at this point that I LOVE FOOD!  And, not just the actual food, but the concept, the presentation,…

Lemon Cut Out Cookies with Royal Icing

My mom starting something last fall which I believe/hope may become a tradition between the households.  When she came to visit, she brought treats in a large Tupperware container.  The next time she came to visit, I tried giving that container (emptied of goodies and washed) back to her, but she would not accept.  She…

Grilled Cheese & Gazpacho Soup

A New Twist on An Old Classic… Who doesn’t remember Kraft singles melted between toasted bread and served with Campbell’s Tomato Soup from their childhood?!  This standby helped kids through colds, was awesome – if you cut the grilled cheese right (triangles), and I’m sure helped parents out on those nights where almost nothing sounded…

Minestrone Soup

Some recipes still manage to astonish me as to how easy they are to make, how little time they take and how truly delish they are.  This Minestrone Soup recipe is one of those.  I found the recipe out of a Better Homes & Gardens magazine from this spring.  And the thing that I like most about…

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple is always and sweet and healthy way to sweeten up any dish, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner….and this salsa could play a part of any one of those three meals.    Originally made for my birthday, it was later requested at further family functions because it combines just the right amount of heat and sweet…

Meyer Lemon & Picholine Olive Tapenade

Sometimes some of the simplest constructions can end up making the biggest statement.  This dip was inspired when dreaming up ways to incorporate food items from my part-time job into dishes for serving at our gift registry events.  My first thought is to make sure it tastes good, second that it doesn’t actually take too…

Rock & Roll Chocolate Cake

If there ever is a time you are in search of a good Chocolate Cake Recipe, you can stop looking because this is it.  By far, the best chocolate cake/make it from scratch/stay moist for days cake I have ever had.  I think it is the addition of coffee and since you have heard of my love…

Mini Lemon Cheese Cake Bites

 There a some things that upon first bite, you fall in love and you just know that there is a little piece of heaven going on right here on earth in the form of a Mini Lemon Cheese Cake Bite.  Now, if you are watching your waist line or dairy is not your friend, this…