All posts filed under: Starters & Sides

Avocado 3-Ways

Avocados. Rather supercados, are just the best thing ever! Not only is this tasty green fruit (yes fruit….a berry to be exact) super versatile, it’s also fabulously healthy and a great anti-aging tool for your skin. With all its nutrients, healthy fat and vitamins it feeds your skin from the inside and out. Avocados contain […]

Turkey Dinner with Sage Stuffing

Tips for Brining a Turkey: For a super moist flavorful turkey I find a salt brine works wonderfully. I always order a fresh turkey, which works especially well, but surely a frozen and thawed in the refrigerator turkey would work well too. I use a large plastic brining bag (in addition to a couple shopping […]

Beluga Lentils and Beets in a Herbs de Provence & Orange Vinaigrette

I love beets, want to eat beets, but how do you keep them interesting? A bowl of boiled beets is blasé…even if you ask yourself how could anything so simple taste sooo yummy? You can’t go wrong with this combo. Roasted beets and delectable beluga lentils in a sweet, tangy fresh hand-squeezed OJ with herbes […]

Warm Baby Potato and Smoked Salmon Salad

After a few days working in Stockholm, I was inspired by the simplicity of Swedish food. It may not be known as being the destination of culinary excellence, but there is more to it than just those iconic meatballs sold at Ikea. Among the delicious crispbread (knäckebröd), their menus brim with fish. Salmon, mackerel and […]

Pimientos de Padrón (Spanish Green Peppers)

Have you ever heard about Padron peppers? Padron peppers or pimientos de padrón, are small, Spanish green peppers with a sweet mild taste. The “Spanish roulette”of peppers, have been know to go rogue and occasionally sport an unpredictably spicy kick. Though this only occurs in less than 10% of those harvested. They make for a […]

French Cucumber Salad with Crème Fraîche and Dill

French cucumber salad with crème fraîche and fresh dill. Mmmm, it reeks of summer. One of the best smells of summer is fresh dill. And why not add the fresh watery crunch of cucumber. Perfect for a hot summer day. Crème fraîche adds a creamy richness with a hint of tang to this crispy and […]

Olive Tapenade 3-Ways

Tapenade’s name comes from the Provençal word for capers; “tapenas”. It is a popular food in the south of France, where it makes a lovely alternative to butter. Not only is Tapenade simple to make, it can be amazingly versatile. Other flavors can easily be incorporated by adding ingredients such as grainy Dijon mustard, sun-dried […]

Wurstsalat - German Sausage Salad

Wurstsalat – German Sausage Salad

My favorite Schwaber was traveling in South Germany this week, and so upon returning I thought I would surprise him by keeping that South Germany feeling going (North Italy as he calls it) by presenting him with homemade “Wurstsalat”. Common in southern Germany, it’s one of those dishes you often see served in beer gardens, […]

Fresh Salmon Tartare

The fabulous thing about salmon tartare is there’s no cooking involved, just a little bit of chopping and adding some ingredients for a light and healthy dish. This is an excellent meal when it’s hot outside and you don’t feel like cooking and want something more than just a summer salad. Be sure to ask […]

Zucchini Lemon Couscous

Couscous makes for a brilliant alternative to rice or everyday noodles. It’s versatile and easy to prepare, requiring little more than the addition of hot water and fluffing with a fork. Originating from North Africa, as Morocco’s answer to what the Italians had long enjoyed, it’s also made from durum wheat flour, however rolled into […]

Crustless Spinach, Prosciutto and Mushroom Quiche

Real men don’t eat quiche, they eat smoked bacon and egg pie! Well, I’d say quiche isn’t much different. The name itself originated from Germany (the word ‘quiche’ is derived from the German ‘Kuchen’, meaning cake) and was later called ‘Lorraine’ or ‘quiche Lorraine’ by the French. Although by definition, a quiche must be in […]

Avocado, Prawn and Smoked Salmon Tartare

I love salmon tartare in any form, especially this variation. It’s particularly delightful enjoyed on a shady terrace with a crisp rosé wine on a summer night. This is one was prepared by my friend Denise. It has enough going on to keep anyone interested. This version has a base of buttery avocado, smoked salmon […]

Carrot Kohlrabi Salad

I only really discovered kohlrabi a few years–emmm, it’s a vegetable. Heh, I was confused — It only sounded like a foreign word to me. It’s a German term meaning ”cabbage turnip”. Okay, doesn’t sound great and it’s not a looker, but it taste pretty amazing! It took me ages before I actually bought one […]

Zesty Fruit Salad with Chili, Mint & Cilantro

I’ve always had a partiality for salads. Any kind of salad – except those that are absolutely drowning in dressing. You know the ones… I’m not talking coleslaw here. Salads are exactly what I love about summer. Light, fresh salads with endless possibilities for creating them. This week I took home a nice big chunk […]

Spicy Tomato Salad

About half the size of a roma tomato, egg-shaped baby roma tomatoes are deliciously sweet with a more intense flavor and aroma than the larger variety. They have an elongated “egg” type shape and a deep color. I love these and I adore this tomato salad. First of all, it’s delicious. The chili pepper really […]

Japanese Daikon and Carrot Coleslaw

This Japanese style coleslaw is seriously simple and seriously delicious. Daikon and carrot pair fabulously together, especially in a tasty Asian-style dressing. Okay, I am biased, I love most any foods with an Asian flair. So if you haven’t already done so, give daikon a try. It’s delicious. If you are not already familiar, daikon […]

Coleslaw with Cranberries and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The word coleslaw is derived from the Dutch term “koolsla”, meaning cabbage salad. “Kool” meaning cabbage and “sla” the Dutch abbreviation for “salade”. In the late seventeenth, New York was flooded with Dutch settlers and with them, they brought their recipe for chilled cabbage salad, which today is a mixture of the shredded vegetables with […]