Smoked Trout Salad with Key Lime Mustard Dressing and A Cookbook Giveaway!

Today I’m making an apple pound cake because all I can think about is baking with apples, I think I’ve become obsessed.  Baking with apples is one of my favorite things to do especially when I notice the birds and most likely raccoons are eating my apples from the back yard tree before I could […]

Roasted Eggplant Salad for French Fridays

Today is eggplant ‘caviar’ day for French Fridays and the first thought that came to me is that roasted eggplant is not that pretty-what do I do with it??  First off I peeled and sliced my eggplant before roasting- a little unclear on the concept but it still tasted good.  I decided to layer my […]

Heirloom Beet Salad for French Fridays

Heirloom beet salad with goat cheese, radish sprouts, icy red onions, pistachio nuts with a honey mustard vinaigrette is on the menu this French Friday with Dorie.  This is a fun salad to make and serve as a starter for dinner or for lunch.  The farmers market had a generous offering of heirloom beets, one […]

Asparagus Salad with Bacon and A Six Minute Egg For French Fridays with Dorie

Fresh locally grown asparagus has been in our markets for awhile, just in time to make this wonderful salad recipe from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  The 6 minute eggs on top of the salad add the perfect finishing touch to the asparagus and the bacon.  I used mixed baby greens, toasted hazelnuts […]

Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad For French Fridays

  Because of black quinoa’s striking color, reminds me of wild rice, I decided to use it in my salad this week for French Fridays with Dorie.  Attempting to give my salad even more visual pizazz  I added orange zest and crème fraiche with sprigs of watercress on top.  I did a fair amount of […]

Spring Salad with Lemon White Truffle Vinaigrette

Today my thoughts on food have turned green.  All the breads and cakes I’ve baked in the past few weeks made the house smell wonderful but life in the kitchen is not all about the oven.  The salad bowl makes a daily appearance in my kitchen but barely makes it here every few months.  My […]

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, Fresh Bay Leaves, Lemon Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes, Butter Lettuce, Green Peas and Pink Peppercorn Beurre Blanc

Roast Chicken with lemon roasted baby Yukon Gold potatoes served on butter lettuce with green peas and a pink peppercorn beurre blanc was on the menu for dinner last night.  Why the fancy sauce?  Just to enjoy something different  from the normal evening fare. We roast a whole organic chicken a couple of times every […]

Italian Bread Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Sweet Peppers and Herbs

If I could have given this salad a hug while I was mixing it up in the bowl I would have.  The look of the fresh sliced garden tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers and herbs puts me in the mood for love.  Pouring the aromatic dressing of extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar, garlic, sea salt […]

Greek Salad with Grilled Calamari

We enjoyed a fresh Greek style salad for dinner last night with a bottle of Russian River Valley Lynmar Chardonnay . I mention this chardonnay because both the Reserve Vineyard Designates and the Russian River Valley/ Sonoma Coast releases are some of my favorite wines. In the past it was poured by the glass at […]

Raw Beet and Carrot Salad with Fresh Herbs

I’m hiding in my house from the fire department right now, working on my blog because this afternoon is the only time I have to work on it and when the fire truck drives by, I just get down on the floor and wait for it to pass by and hope they don’t stop and […]