Mediterranean Wheat Salad

As Heidi mentioned on Tuesday, this week we’re sharing two healthy salads…today’s salad is made with Khorasan wheat, which comes from an ancient whole grain original to the Mediterranean region that is now also grown in Montana USA. This particular brand is Kamut – organically grown – with a rich, nutty flavor. Combined with caramelized onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach and topped off with feta cheese and pine nuts, it’s an explosion of flavor in every bite! This salad is even hearty enough for a Meatless Meal… Continue reading

Pork Scallopini with Roasted Lemons

Pork Scallopini is the simplest of meals…it’s an Italian meal of thinly sliced meats dredged in flour, sautéed and served with a lemon sauce…very easy yet very tasty! I’ve eased up on the flour by dusting instead of dredging and roasted the lemons until they are edible and flavorful. They add the perfect punch of flavor to this classic dish. Continue reading

Queso Fundido

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! This day commemorates the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862 between Mexico and France in which the Mexican people were victorious…Believe it or not this day is celebrated more in the United States than throughout Mexico and although no one in our family is of Mexican heritage we still love to celebrate this day with our favorite Mexican foods…Queso Fundido just happens to be one of our all time favorites. I first had Queso Fundido at a very popular restaurant called Tequila’s in Philadelphia. This dish is mouth-watering, cheesy deliciousness! You don’t have to go to Philly to try it…just follow these simple steps and create your own Cinco de Mayo Queso Fundido appetizer! Continue reading

Tavern Ham & Avocado Panini

Tavern Ham & Avocado Panini

Instead of a plain old ham and cheese sandwich for lunch how about jazzing it up a little bit! For this splendid sandwich I’ve combined the classic ham and cheese with creamy avocado slices and the sharp bite of freshly sliced red onion…pressed between hearty ciabatta slices and slathered with a luscious peachy-vanilla mayo…then pressed to heavenly perfection…you’ll never go back to just ham & cheese again! Continue reading

Latin Roast Chicken

Latin Roast Chicken

I brought home one of those whole chickens from the supermarket and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with. We love roasted chicken but sometimes the flavor is just blah…so I mixed up some great spices to marinate it and arranged it on some Rustic French Bread slices in a cast iron skillet…into the oven it went…and out came a mouth-watering flavorful Latin Roast Chicken…it can’t get any better than that! Continue reading

Perky ‘Paella’

Perky 'Paella'

Paella is a wonderful rice dish that originated in Valencia Spain. It is a flavorful combination of ingredients cooked in a ‘Paella pan’ which is a round shallow pan with side handles. There are actually many types of Paella including Valencian, vegetarian, seafood and mixed.  Today’s ‘Paella’ is a mixed, free-style version in which I used Spanish chorizo, boneless chicken thighs, large shrimp and a combination of jasmine rice and fine egg white noodles along with saffron and other spices. This is the perfect meal to cook as a couple…grab a bottle of your favorite wine…I recommend a Spanish Rioja…pour a glass and share the stove! Continue reading