chive gnocchetti with peaches & tomatoes

Farmer’s market time! Potatoes, tomatoes, peaches … how does this go together??!! In mouth-watering dish that’s fit for Sunday dinner! Russet potatoes are the best choice for making gnocchetti. Be sure to bake or roast them as less moisture in … Continue reading

lasagna with peas and prosciutto

Oh, OH, OH!!! I had the great fortune to be invited to share in a most superb experience! I must admit, I was a bit skeptical that it would be a superb experience, and was delightfully surprised. I recently attended … Continue reading

hoisin aioli

An Asian flavor profile twist on a classic sauce, this is a versatile dip or spread for seafood, satay skewers, Asian noodle salads, you name it! Print Course Side Dish Cuisine American Ingredients ½ cup mayonnaise 2 garlic cloves minced … Continue reading

knock their socks off tea cakes

Sometimes you just want to WOW! folks with a small dessert. Petit fours, or small tea cakes, can easily do the job and can be prepared quick as a whistle,  if you know a few secrets from the bakery. The … Continue reading

bolognese sauce

My favorite Italian sauce for pasta is red meat sauce, because it is rich, hearty, and full of goodness. Many think it is called Bolognese sauce, and comes from northern Italy, but true Italian red sauce is quite simple, made … Continue reading

macaroni & cheese

Macaroni & cheese — who doesn’t like it?? It’s a go to recipe for comfort food, and there are as many recipes out there for this dish as there are cooks! But, I am not a fan of this great … Continue reading

macaroni & cheese, roux-based

  This roux-based dish is a bit more complex recipe that requires about 20 minutes more cooking time than the cream-based macaroni & cheese, but it is more traditional. Fewer calories, but  still a family favorite. For the smoothest sauce, … Continue reading

Roasted Tomatoes

The evenings here have turned cool, and I am itching to turn the oven on and get ROASTING! I still see beautiful tiny tomatoes in the market, and have just a bit of fresh basil left in my garden so … Continue reading

sake raspberry vanilla glazed scallops

I am regularly tasked with creating recipes to pair with specific wines for winemakers dinners. One of my favorites, as well as my students faves is this scallop recipe. It was inspired by a truly beautiful sparkling rosé wine, of … Continue reading

grill roasted beet salad

Whew! It’s HOT! and I have just been to the farmers market, where I picked up the most beautiful beets — red, gold and chioga, those are the candy striped ones! Did you know that beets are a great source … Continue reading