Category Archives: Savory Snacks, Dips and Sauces

Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

I grow tomatoes in my garden during the summer, and that typically means that my kitchen is completely overflowing with tomatoes. My tomatoes seem to ripen in waves, so when I have a fresh batch, I usually rush to use them up before the next wave hits. I make pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and store it in the freezer for later use. I make ... Read More »

Irresistible Candied Peanuts

Irresistible Candied Peanuts

Candied nuts are a snack that is always great to have on hand. They’re salty and sweet, so they’re satisfying no matter what kind of snack you were in the mood for. They’re also easier to make than you ever imagined, and once you try theseĀ Irresistible Candied Peanuts, you’ll find that you are making them on a regular basis. The recipe calls for just three ... Read More »

Sweet and Spicy Orange Glazed Pecans

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glazed Pecans

I love making spiced, roasted nuts. They’re a great snack to have around for everyday munching and they’re always a hit when you put them out at parties. Generally speaking, spiced nuts aren’t too difficult to make and you have complete control over how salty, spicy or sweet your nuts turn out – control that you just don’t get with prepackaged nut mixes. These Sweet ... Read More »

Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Loaded Potato Puffs

The 46th annual Pillsbury Bake Off competition was held last week in Las Vegas. The contest is the largest cooking contest in the world, with a grand prize of $1 million dollars for the creator of the winning recipe. For the past few years, the winning recipes have been sweet treats – cookies and other desserts – but this year the winner was something a ... Read More »

Making Aioli and Meeting Daniel Boulud

Daniel makes aioli

Chef Daniel Boulud has just released his newest cookbook, Daniel: My French Cuisine and he is currently traveling around the country to visit different stores and attend different events to promote it. He made a stop in Los Angeles yesterday and I was able to attend a great cooking demo and get my copy of the book signed! Book signings and cooking demonstrations, although they’re ... Read More »

Cumin Glazed Grilled Ribs with Tequila Pineapple Salsa

Border Grill Glaze Ribs with Pineapple Salsa

Along with the Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta, we were also served some amazing frilled ribs during lunch at Border Grill. The ribs were fantastic, covered in a spice rub, lightly charred on the grill and finished with a spicy-sweet glaze. They were also so tender that the meat slid right off the bone once you started to eat. When chefs Susan and Mary sue demonstrated the ... Read More »

Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Avocado Chimichurri

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at Border Grill. All of the food was fantastic, but one of the most memorable dishes was an avocado chimichurri that was served with tomatoes on top of crostini. It was the California version of bruschetta and it was delicious. I got the recipe after lunch and tried it out a few times at home. It’s easy to ... Read More »

How to make Mexican Grilled Street Corn

Grilled Street Corn

When it is in season, fresh sweet corn is amazing no matter how you serve it. I’ve had it in dozens of ways, from raw when it was picked just minutes before to cooked into a velvety creamed corn dish. My favorite way to enjoy corn, however, is grilled corn on the cob – and better still is Mexican Grilled Street Corn. This style of ... Read More »

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