Sunday, June 22, 2014

Baked Scampi

Baked Scampi


Here’s a dish that is so easy to prepare you’ll feel guilty when your dinner companion raves about it. The flavor combination of tarragon, garlic and lemon are a natural with just about any mild seafood. We use them all sparingly to avoid overpowering the distinctive but delicate taste of the shrimp.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Simply Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Number one on the list of the simplest things you can make in your kitchen is boiled water. Tap, pot, heat, done. Number two has got to be this dish. But roasted asparagus has boiled water beat, hands-down, when it comes to delicious things to eat. Frankly, asparagus prepared and served in any way is pretty okay in my book.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dirty Potato Salad

Dirty Potato Salad

Most potato salads have a nice, “linen” color. This one does not. Looks however, can be deceiving. Instead of boiling the potatoes we grill them until they are nicely charred, and mixing that flavorful carbonization with the pristine mayonnaise and sour cream doesn’t exactly look laundry fresh!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Roasted Broccoli Bits

Roasted Broccoli

There’s not a lot to say about Broccoli. Some people don’t like it and the most famous person to emphatically state his aversion to the humble vegetable was the 41st President of The United States, George H.W. Bush. He said he hadn’t like it since his mother made him eat it. My guess is that she, like many other people, didn’t know that you can do something other than steam Broccoli.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Roasted Golden Beets

Roasted Golden Beets

If a root vegetable is going to be cooked, in my opinion there’s no better way to do it than roasting. Any vegetable that can stand up to this cooking method will retain its own distinctive taste, its inherent sweetness is enhanced and it will become tender without giving up its natural texture. It’s also super simple and requires next to no attention; so you can spend more time with other, more complicated parts of your meal preparation.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Broiled Shrimp Cocktail

Broiled Shrimp Cocktail
 
Served as an appetizer, fish course, main course or mounded on a buffet, ice cold shrimp with a spicy seafood cocktail sauce is loved by everyone. My apologies to those with shellfish allergies, but then those poor souls are probably not reading this recipe.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Garlic Lemon Kohlrabi

Garlic Lemon Kohlrabi

How many times have you passed over this extremely versatile, albeit odd-looking, vegetable while strolling through your local farmer’s market or produce department? Sure it looks more like Sputnik than most vegetables - okay it’s the only vegetable that resembles a 1950’s Soviet satellite, but that’s no reason to shun it!