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Pluots. Plucots. Apriums. I jut want a nice piece of fruit! Here are tips in picking the best of the summer stone fruits.
Is a burger a burger? Who says I have to serve it on a bun? Are tomatoes mandatory? Why can’t a burger be elegant? Mini Lamb Burgers with Mango Salsa.
This portobello mushroom "burger" is as meaty & juicy as any traditional burger. It's supported by big flavors like mozzarella, red peppers & basil. It is fully satisfying.
America loves burgers and this Horseradish Buffalo Burger with Cheddar Cheese is just one more great reason to keep on loving burgers!
After 905 days of renovation (yes 905!) I wanted to share my new kitchen. I think the pain was worth it...
Perfect summer squash are a sight to behold. They can even take your breath away. But can zucchini be art? When used in tart like this one, I say "yes".
Mediterranean cooking is guided by simplicity further proof that humble ingredients produce the most amazing fare. These spicy clams with Abruzzese sausage are a perfect example.
New potatoes are not a type of potato, but are in fact an immature potato of any variety. They are fluffy and sweet and a great canvas for many flavors.
Yellow wax beans are best prepared simply. I am going to roast this Italian heirloom variety with mint.
Grilled sausages need a bold partner. I choose arugula for a tasty pest that will make these sausages the envy of your BBQ.
Can a cake be gender specific? I don't know but this Simple Strawberry Cake is delicious!
This is a simple and healthy roasted tomato soup. Roasting tomatoes is a great way to bring out their sweetness. Especially early in the season.
These salmon fillets are succulent and rare with a crispy skin. They are "spiced" which is not the same thing as "spicy hot". Ya know what I mean?
Don't let my grumpy mood stop you from enjoying this chicken liver bruschetta.
Spicy Shrimp in Tuong Ot Toi (Vietnamese chili garlic sauce). Sure it's hot. But the heat is balanced with sweet, so don't be a wimp. Go ahead take a bite!
Bahn Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich with French flair. It has all the crisp, salty, crunchy, creamy, warmth of a classically appealing BLT. But it does not stop there!
You want gorgeous tomatoes like this, and you want them soon! So we are running a test. Or rather a Derby to determine the early fruiting winners.
Whether you call it Roasted Artichoke Bruschetta, Crostini, or Spread doesn't matter nearly as much as the 3 words that are right on the tip of your tongue. "This is delicious"!
This is spearmint ice cream. Sure it minty, but good spearmint has a grassy, herbal quality that is a far cry from overly minty "toothpaste" flavored store bought ice-cream.
Tuna with a surprisingly light and very herbal mint sauce. More savory than sweet, it has the pucker of vinegar and the zing of mint.
Lamb Flatbread with Mint and Feta. The flavors in this crisp flatbread are a classic celebration of spring.
Fresh Cherry Soup with Cool Mint. It's as French as a golden day in May spent laying under the chestnut tree "avec mes amis"!
Grilling season is underway. I grilled up a Chimichurri marinated flank steak with grilled radicchio & onions.
Kumquat Gelée. Kumquat liqueur paired with Lillet and Prosecco. Don't you dare call it a Kumquat Jello-Shooter, or you are banned!
Baked polenta with 3 cheeses. This is served as a 1st course with arugula. And guess what? It's leftovers. Who would ever know?
Wild mushrooms top this super creamy polenta. It's made creamy (and delicious) with the addition of goat cheese.
These asparagus spears are the most fascinating shade of purple. They taste very similar to the green variety with just an extra hint of sweetness.
Pickled rhubarb makes this salad with white asparagus, walnuts and goat cheese something very special indeed!
This is a cheesecake with the sophisticated flavors of ricotta, mascarpone, and rhubarb. Even the crust is special. It's made with yellow cornmeal!
Rhubarb can be savory! Rhubarb can be rich! Try it in a sauce with onions and chicken.
These little rhubarb tarts are sheer simplicity: Rhubarb, flour, sugar, and butter. It's their sweet tangy flavor that makes them shine.
Crusty almond coated chicken breasts, can be made ahead to this point, then popped in the oven for 10 minutes before serving. So go enjoy the day!
Sweet peas of three varieties (plus fava), fill these sweet as spring raviolis with a rosemary cream.