Dirty Snapper in Parchment

If a martini can be dirty & delicious with the addition of olives, why can’t fish? No need to shake or stir – let the steam inside the parchment pouch do the work of infusing the olive flavors into the fish. Snapper in parchment is a dinner host’s best friend. The fish can be completely…

Crêpe Frittata

In this time of staying home, conserving food and getting creative with what we have, sometimes you come across a fantastic combination. Using a couple crêpes as a crust and a small amount of remaining marinara sauce with egg whites, I was able to create a lite yet packed with flavor dish. While my husband…

Green Bean Gremolata

Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, is the Queen of making the most flavorful dishes that are approachable and crowd favorites. This Green Bean Gremolata became my signature side dish through the holiday season. Green beans are a safe vegetable to serve as they pair with almost every dish and most people like them. Her preparation…

The Michigan Hummer

Some drinks just take you back in time to a special place. For me, a blend of ice cream, rum & Kahlúa transports me to our family cottage in northern Michigan. ‘The Hummer’, as dubbed by it’s original creator in downstate MI, is the signature cocktail at our favorite restaurant, The Grey Gables. I recall…

Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs

I hate touching raw meat. So when it comes to making meatballs, the dish better be worth it! I can tell you, this dish is worth braving the meatball making process. Plus, baking the meatballs means less mess in the end as well. The spice of the curry, the creamy coconut and the zing of…

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Vinaigrette

Often when the ingredients are fresh & vibrant, you can keep it simple. This Lemon Vinaigrette is lite & bright in flavor, and it’s easy to whisk together with it’s short ingredient list. It is the quintessential taste of a summer day. Dress mixed greens with the vinaigrette to make a simple, crisp green salad…

Sweet Pineapple Rice

Going with the theme of cooking from my pantry, I found items that could transport us, at least in the culinary-sense, to the shores of Hawaii. The sweet flavors of both the sweet potato and the pineapple transform the earthy rice. Not only do the sweet potato and pineapple add incredible flavor to the rice,…

Cashew Ginger Crusted Mahi Mahi

Living a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, we are spoiled with fabulous, fresh fish. One of my favorites is Mahi Mahi. Mahi Mahi is a beautiful tropical fish with vibrant yellow, blue & green hues. Being that it is found worldwide, it’s a low-calorie fish with many health benefits, and is mild-tasting with a slight…

Breakfast Spinach Pastry Cups

Whether you make this dish from last night’s leftovers, or make it all at once, this fried egg spinach puff pastry is one to remember. The flaky, buttery crust… the savory, creamy spinach… all topped with a perfectly fried egg… is it time for breakfast yet?? Ingredients Eggs Butter or Olive Oil Salt & Pepper…

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…

Lemon Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Shrimp pasta dishes can be impressive & decadent, but also easy to throw together… especially if you use pre-cooked frozen shrimp and pre-made pesto. The lemon adds a special zing to the earthy pesto flavor, and the goat cheese adds another layer of creamy goodness. As for the lemon, yes, it’s safe to eat lemon…

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Truffle

This particular dessert creation was sparked by a challenge from my husband. We had baked chocolate chip cookies, but we were not eating them quickly enough. With ten hard chocolate chip cookies, he asked if I could make them into something that would improve on their current state. I accepted the challenge, and wow do…