The Perfect Summer Side: Recipe for Honey Cornbread

2014-05-28T11:39:07+00:00 May 28th, 2014|Appetizers, Recipes|

There's something about cornbread that always tastes of Summer. Perhaps it's the honey? In any case, this recipe for Honey Cornbread Mini Muffins is the perfect side dish to any BBQ this summer. Serve these with Paper Wrapped Salmon or even with [...]

Luncheon Pick: Chicken Salad with Toasted Pecans and Grapes

2014-04-14T12:22:22+00:00 April 14th, 2014|Appetizers, Recipes|

Chicken Salad With Spring in the air, picnics and potlucks are right around the corner. One of my go-to dishes is a chicken salad. Light, creamy, and a little bit sweet, this recipe for Chicken Salad with Toasted [...]

Empellón Cocina: Mexican with a Twist

2013-05-31T02:42:04+00:00 May 31st, 2013|Appetizers, Recipes, Restaurant Reviews|

We recently had the great pleasure, while visiting New York City, to have an early dinner at Empellón Cocina, a new restaurant recommended by Gavin Kaysen for their creative interpretation of Mexican Cuisine.  We were curious about the meaning of [...]

Construct Lunch: Deconstructed Niçoise Salad

2017-07-03T17:49:57+00:00 February 18th, 2013|Appetizers, Cooking Tips, Lunch, Menus and Memories|

Deconstructed Niçoise Salad Planning a party can be daunting. We are always looking for fresh ideas, but the workload must be reasonable. Today, my daughter-in-law, Maria, and I hosted a baby shower for my niece, Leigh. The challenge [...]

Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres from Jenn Phillips, Gourmet Chef and Caterer

2012-10-19T15:46:16+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Appetizers, Recipes|

Charcuterie with Holiday Accents Las Damas of Fairbanks today hosted a holiday cooking demonstration at the home of Jenn Phillips, Gourmet Chef and Caterer. Jenn provided us with a few great holiday hors d'oeuvre recipes that are simple [...]

Another St. Regis Recipe To Try at Home: Caramelized Cauliflower and Pistachio Pesto

2012-10-14T17:22:53+00:00 October 14th, 2012|Appetizers, Recipes, Restaurant Reviews|

Cauliflower with Pistachio Pesto   Another of my favorite menu offerings at the J&G Grill was the cauliflower that we ordered for one of our starters.  My publishing partners and I  all love cauliflower and voted this the [...]

Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Party at Hexagone, San Diego!

2012-08-16T13:38:30+00:00 August 16th, 2012|Appetizers, Menus and Memories, Recipes, Restaurant Reviews|

Julia Child 100 BD Party at Hexagone, San Diego Last night we attended a 100th birthday party for Julia Child. It was our second visit to Hexagone in San Diego, a wonderful French restaurant that has been flying [...]

A Tasty Flower as Appetizer or Side: Sautéed Cauliflower

2012-04-18T08:59:50+00:00 April 18th, 2012|Appetizers, Recipes|

Cauliflower Sautéed in Olive Oil Cauliflower is a close relative of Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. You either love it or hate it, few are indifferent. I happen to love cauliflower along with brussels sprouts. In an effort [...]