Onion Ring Salad
food

Onion Ring Salad

Maybe the problem is that we eat onion rings with burgers and steaks and other foods that aren’t heart-healthy, but how about some world-class onion rings presented on a bed of yogurt-based, lightly dressed mesclun salad? Isn’t that a main course to indulge in, guilt-free?Finding the balance between what you’ve always loved to eat, and what you think you should eat to be healthy is worth the effort. Because after all, food is more than sustenance, it’s one of the great pleasures of life.

Cheddar Caraway Crisps and Thyme Gougeres
food

Cheddar Caraway Crisps and Thyme Gougeres

There’s nothing like a warm-and-puffy or thin-and-flaky homemade hors d’oeuvre to go with a chilled glass of rose’ or summer white wine. They’re just so delectable when they’re fresh out of the oven and melting blissfully on your tongue. Here are two recipes I love – and have made many times. They’re both herb-y and very ‘of-the-moment’ in the catering world. And easy – did I say easy? Enjoy! Cheddar Caraway Crisps Serves: Makes about 4 dozen thin crackers Prep […]

Steak Salad
recipes

Steak Salad

It’s satisfying when a really unusual flavor pairing turns out to be even better than you imagined. Steak and fresh cherries? Really? And celery? And yet it works in a savory-sweet-hot combination that will have you scraping your plate. The cherry juice combines with the steak juices in a way that will make you want to sing! The presentation is gorgeous, all reds and browns and bright green. And then there’s the jalapeño, which makes everything just pop! This makes […]

Oatmeal Cheddar Bread
food

Oatmeal Cheddar Bread

St. Paddy’s Day always makes me think of soda bread, though the oatmeal in this recipe gives this version a distinctly Scottish tone. It’s a cheesy bread, more like a moist oatcake held together by yeasty strings of cheese, and heaven with a cup of tea or as an accompaniment to a hearty bowl of soup at dinner. (And if you really want to assemble a cheese plate that is next level, add some thin slices of this bread for […]

food

Barley Cauliflower Salad

Happiest of New Years! We’re starting ours with a healthy but substantial salad to begin to offset yesterday’s food transgressions. Time to pay the piper, but let’s do it deliciously, with a warm barley and roasted cauliflower salad that feels like a meal. It’s also a great side with chicken or fish, and as cold leftovers – well, there won’t be any but if there were, you’d enjoy them. Wishing you a year of peace, health and good food! Barley […]