Asian Green Bean & Mushroom Salad

Yield: 4 -6 Servings 1 lb. green beans, stem ends removed 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger 2 teaspoons Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese Seasoning Blend) 3 tablespoons sesame oil 1 8 oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained 1 cup … Read More

Smoked Salmon & Potato Salad

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Smoked Salmon & Potato Salad Whether you’re smoking the salmon yourself or purchasing it, the rich flavor of hot-smoked salmon is a great counterpoint to the tart flavor of this herbal vinaigrette.  You can easily smoke it at home yourself with a smoker box for woodchips which gets placed on your grill.  Dressing the potatoes with vinegar while they are … Read More

Moroccan Carrot, Date, and Grape Salad

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Moroccan Carrot, Date, and Grape Salad The aromatic quality of this salad is provided through the use of orange flower water which is distilled from fresh orange blossoms.  Orange flower water can be found in specialty and mid-eastern markets or delis. If you are unable to use orange flower water, you can leave it out, but I’d encourage you to … 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

Easter Already?

A fresh, easy, and flavorful salad recipe perfect for potlucks and buffets: Citrus & Fennel Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette

Wildly Delicious

People often presume that because I’m a chef I cook all kinds of amazing meals at home.  I love food and cooking but when it comes to cooking for myself I want something that is quick.  Mushrooms, both fresh and dried are a great ingredient to keep on hand for quick meals or easy entertaining.    [picapp src=”b/5/c/8/Shiitake_mushrooms_Lentinula_d334.jpg?adImageId=4879214&imageId=5102519″ width=”380″ height=”303″ /] … Read More