Cantaloupe Salad with Arugula and Prosciutto


By |August 20th, 2012|Healthy, Salads, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes|5 Comments

Blueberry Lavender Tart with Unshrinkable Sweet Tart Shell

I have to admit, I was not the biggest fan of lavender flavored food. I love candles, oil, and bath salts that perfume the air with the calming lavender scent, but to eat? I always thought lavender made dishes taste soapy and bitter. This blueberry lavender tart with unshrinkable sweet tart shell completely changed my outlook on cooking and baking with lavender. The taste was light, refreshing, and paired well with the blueberries.


By |July 30th, 2012|Dessert, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes|3 Comments

Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Dressing

When it is hot outside, I never want to eat a heavy meal. I made soba noodle salad with miso dressing other day and it was so light, cool, and refreshing. Flavorful umami dressing is tossed with delicate soba noodles and crunchy vegetables.

We are in the middle of summer and it seems like a heat wave has swept across the country. I was watching the weather on the news the other day and pretty much the whole country was red- meaning hot, very hot!


How to Cook Fresh Peas

It’s pea season! And I’m here to show you how to cook fresh peas!

My local farmers market has been packed full of fresh shelling peas. Seeing the peas reminded me of a dish I had at a restaurant in Barcelona. It was a pea purée soup garnished with a few fresh peas. I loved the slightly crunchy texture of the fresh peas. It left the soup bursting with fresh pea flavor.

Although I would love to try to replicate the soup, it was the pea flavor that I was missing most. I opted for a much less labor intensive dish: steamed peas finished with butter, salt, and pepper. Simple and fresh ingredients make the best tasting kind of food. This vegetable dish celebrates the pure flavor of the pea.

The most time consuming part is shelling the peas. I recommend sitting outside with a glass of wine! This makes the monotonous task quite relaxing.


By |May 25th, 2012|Healthy, How-to, Side Dishes, Spring Recipes|10 Comments

Grilled Skirt Steak with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

Food possesses a magical quality. It can take us to far away places and let us learn about cultures that we might not get to actually visit or experience. This grilled skirt steak with cilantro chimichurri sauce can transport you online casino to South America for a fun and festive barbecue.
Grilled meats are a staple in Argentine cuisine and are often accompanied with chimichurri sauce. I put my own spin on the traditional parsley and oregano chimichurri and made a cilantro version.
With steaks sizzling on the grill and sangria glasses clanking, my backyard was transformed into a vibrant argentine barbecue. If I only knew a good tango partner, then my night would have been complete!

Guacamole with Black Beans

Guacamole is one of my favorite dips – it’s creamy, packed with spicy flavor, and is always a crowd favorite. This guacamole with black beans is a new twist on the classic version. The black beans add a chewy bite to the creamy dip, plus add flavor, and give this healthy dip some added protein.

Whether you are making this dip for the big game or simply preparing it for an easy appetizer, this dip is a winner. The bright lime juice, fragrant cilantro, and spicy jalapeño are perfect mixed in with the the ripe avocados and black beans.


Salmon Burgers and Homemade Tartar Sauce

I swear I am not totally burger obsessed! First the black bean burgers and now these salmon burgers and homemade tartar sauce. I wasn’t even paying attention and bought an eight pack of burger buns! Actually, I’m glad the lifeless buns were sitting on my kitchen counter. They inspired me to use the salmon I had in my freezer and make these burgers. I paired them with my award winning tartar sauce – it really did win an award in my culinary school class! While exploring the foods of Great Britain, I made fish and chips and this tartar sauce.