Alfresco Salad

So simple, so delicious. Sometimes we get swept away into thinking that we need to complicate things to make them great. Let’s give ourselves a break, keep things easy, and let Mother Nature’s flavors shine. Our job today is to just combine the ingredients to our preferred serving size and enjoy, preferably alfresco! Ingredients Mixed…

Tuscan Stuffed Veal Medallions

Last September, my family took an incredible trip to one of my favorite countries, Italy. The people, the culture, the history, the wine, and of course the food. One of our stops was Cortona, in the heart of Tuscany. Cortona is often recognized as it is where the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed…

Arugula Prosciutto Pizza

Arugula Prosciutto Pizza I first made this pizza for a crowd while having a “Hurricane Party”. While Sandy was only a tropical storm at the point it hit us, we still found reason to gather together to eat and drink up what was in the kitchen. It was based on this situation that I created…

Oven Roasted Figs with Prosciutto

I’ve been wanting to cook with figs for about 10 months now. But like every fresh food item, there is a season. And how excited was I when I came across fresh figs in the produce section of Publix the other day. With a dinner party on the schedule, I planned to kick off my…

Balsamic Glazed Prosciutto and Melon

Summer has arrived! The days are filled with outdoor activities, lots of family time, and of course those wonderful dinners that can start with a booze cruise, and linger throughout the evening on the back porch. Being the sun is usually still up when Happy Hour begins, we like to stick to mostly cold appetizers…

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

The first time I made this appetizer, there was a giant blizzard moving into southeastern Michigan. I was going to our good family friend’s house for dinner, and I knew that each minute more I spent on making this new dish would equate to several minutes of additional drive time in the snow. And I…

Pickled Pig Bloody Mary

Sunday Brunch & Bloody Mary’s go together like PB&J. Some Bloody Mary’s though can lack a depth of flavor and leave you feeling like you’re sipping on chilled condensed tomato soup. The key is starting with a high quality tomato juice, preferably organic with no corn syrup. Pickle juice adds a layer of saltiness and…