Many recipes that I come up with are with my best friend in mind who is a vegetarian except that she does eat seafood.  When she comes to visit from Canada, I adapt many of my recipes so that she can enjoy them too.  Now she has returned the favor and sent me a Guest Recipe that I just had to share with you.  It’s a lovely and colorful shrimp dish with green beans, quartered cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and shrimp.   Everything about this recipe is something that I would love to cook. Guest Recipe from Canada 2 portobello mushrooms sliced 4 cherry tomatoes quartered 6 ouncesRead More →

I love everything about Tuscany and this soup is a great reminder.  I found it on the Saveur Recipe website.  It has such a hearty appeal so I couldn’t resist to share it with all. Maybe it was the crunchy bit of bread to the side or the bits of tomato and carrot popping up to the surface.  Can’t wait to give it a try.  If you beat me to it, let me know what you think. 2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped 1 rib celery, roughly chopped 1⁄2 yellow onion, roughly chopped 3⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic (3 minced, 1 halved) 10 oz.Read More →

Recipe updated 9/22/2014: I wanted to make a fun party size Ceviche to take to a Halloween party. The picture of the Halloween version is so creepy that I hesitate to show it. But, alas here it is anyway. Don’t let it freak you out! This ceviche is made with medium size shrimp and imitation crab that makes up a 4 quart party size batch. It yields enough to serve 30 or more guests depending on how many appetizers are served along with it.  I never thought I would stop chopping and it was time consuming.  2 hours of slicing, dicing and sneaking bits and bites ofRead More →

It’s late September and I just had to make this rib recipe again for Sunday dinner with friends. I still had sauce in the fridge from the last venture so didn’t need to make it up. That’s a time saver. While the ribs are cooking, I’m doing a little house sprucing and now updating the recipe. Our friends will be here in a few hours and are bringing a side of macaroni and cheese. What’s great, too, about cooking ribs this way is that you can bake them the full 3 hours, turn the oven off and then finish them on the grill after yourRead More →

Almost without fail, when I have a dinner party or a gathering  for a fun cocktail hour evening, I will serve this appetiser.  It’s a great one to mix up for your friends and to get your friends to mix together.  Sometimes, a Bruschetta is served with the tapanade already on the bread. I like to serve mine with toasted baquette and the Bruschetta on the side so the bread does not get soggy.  Hate soggy bread for some reason. So, if you like to have the tapenade flavor mix into the bread, then feel free to serve the toasties already topped.  The difference though is that your friends mayRead More →

For a refreshing summertime appetizer, fill bite-size cherry tomatoes, round or pear shaped, with a savory mixture of cream cheese flavored with basil. Minced tarragon or chervil can be used in place of the basil. Original Yield: 24  Main Ingredient: Cream Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes Ingredients: 24 Cherry tomatoes 1/2 pound Cream cheese; regular in tub 2 tablespoons Half-and-half cream 1/4 cup Fresh basil; minced 1/2 teaspoon Salt 1/4 teaspoon Pepper; freshly ground 1 package Fresh parsley Instructions: Chop or mince basil into small pieces especially if you are going to use an icing tube to fill the tomatoes with the cream cheese mixture. In aRead More →