radishes with whipped sweet butter

It takes nearly as long to type the name of this dish as it does to assemble it! And, it is a work of art, painted with the colors of summer! I like to leave a tiny bit of the … Continue reading

limoncello

Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

summer spreads

This time of year I always have the opportunity to picnic with friends at a concert, or sale the sound on a boat, or simply share a cocktail on my patio — and I LOVE that! This evening, I am … Continue reading

mint

Mint — just the name makes my mouth feel cool. What a refreshing flavor this herb brings to the table! And, it’s quite versatile, paired with both sweet as well as savory dishes. Of course, we all associate mint with sweet … Continue reading

sage

Most home cooks have an aging jar of sage tucked away in the spice cabinet. It gets pulled out at Thanksgiving for stuffing,  and then relegated to the back of the cabinet once again. Don’t leave your sage lonely in there … Continue reading

rosemary

  Rosemary is a member of the mint family, it’s name from the Latin means “dew of the sea,” because of its light blue flowers and because it grows well in damp places. Rosemary is used very frequently in Mediterranean cooking, providing flavor. … Continue reading

lime gelato floats

We recently hosted a fabulous winemaker’s dinner with Juergen Grieb, winemaker and owner of  Treveri Cellars in Wapato. His wines are magical, easily paired with food, and a great addition to the holiday season. The lime gelato recipe is mine … Continue reading