Sometimes it’s Good to Have a Quickie! (Hors d’ ouevre, that is)

The Superbowl is upon us and I’m sure most people who are having parties have already placed their orders for wing trays and veggie platters and have stocked up on chips, salsa, and onion dip.  Perhaps you want something just a little different?  Maybe you’ve had more people show up than you expected or they came with a bigger appetite … Read More

Savory Seafood Cheesecake

  “What do you cook at home?” is one of the most frequent questions I get from guests in my classes.   My usual answer to this is “it depends”, which it does….on many things:  seasonality, what I’ve been reading or thinking about, what I’ve been eating, what I’ve got on hand, whether I really feel like cooking or if I just want … Read More

Parmesan Gelato

The very mention of Parmesan gelato might make some cringe.  Don’t worry, this isn’t a dessert but rather a Parmesan cheese spread that looks like ice cream when scooped out and served on a platter to accompany fresh and dried fruits or crackers.  It also makes a nice accompaniment and garnish for a green salad when scooped on the side … Read More

Take a Dip or Dress it up: Romesco Sauce

Here are a couple of ideas for using the recipe for Romesco Sauce which I recently posted.  These are just a few of many uses.  After seeing my post, Jeff Parker a chef friend and fellow blogger, said he was thinking of using it as a pizza sauce…olives, cheese, anchovies…good stuff  just waiting to happen! Suggestion #1:  Use as a … Read More

Blue Cheese & Walnut “Biscuits”

“Biscuit” is one of those words that has a variety of meanings depending on where and by whom it’s being used.  In England the term “Biscuit” is the same as what Americans would call a “cookie”.  My friend Gary is originally from Scotland and when he first visited me in Orlando he was quite perplexed (and perhaps even a bit … Read More