Asparagus And Potato Strata

Asparagus And Potato Strata
A strata is a great dish to serve when you are having a brunch and need an easy make-ahead meal for a group.  I made this strata for a group of friends to close out the summer. Served at room temperature with a salad, I was able to enjoy my friends without worrying about the kitchen. It turned out to be a slightly overcast day, but we had a lot of fun anyway.  Continue reading

Sliders Two Ways: Cheese Steak & Cuban

Cheese Steak & Cuban
Linda and I were recently at a family gathering where we had around 80 people to feed. When that happens I source some of the food to catering and then go to very simple appetizers, dips and crackers. Also, I have a perfect and easy way to make sliders. I get the Hawaiian style rolls – but in the butter roll not the sweet rolls – and make sandwiches. Always a hit and not a lot of fuss for me! Continue reading

Smoked Salmon & Roasted Cremini Mushroom Salad

Smoked Salmon & Roasted Mushroom Salad
This salad is divine! Made almost out of desperation… On Wednesdays my hubby usually has lunch with his business partner and I fully anticipated that, until I got his text while I was on the incline trainer… “Lunch with my princess today”… (the best man ever!)… I had not planned on lunch. While I jumped off the trainer and Hubby jumped on, I went to work on figuring out lunch. With what I had on hand I made this accidental amazing salad! Really delicious! Continue reading

Mediterranean Hummus Platter: Revisited

Mediterranean Hummus Platter
Today I’m revisiting one of my favorite summer platters – this one is perfect to serve at your next barbecue…Who doesn’t love Hummus?! It’s like a meal and a snack! I read somewhere that making your own beans from dried is so much better for you so I started to make my own – starting with chickpeas. The crock pot is essential for this task and if you start them before you go to bed they’re done by morning. I store them and use them for all kinds of wonderful dishes…Hummus of course being the #1 motivation. Continue reading

Herb Marinated Curly Shrimp With Fresh Dill Flowers

Herb Marinated Curly Shrimp With Fresh Dill Flowers
Dill grows wild in my herb garden and I have a lot of it. One of the things I love about dill are the yellow flowering dill tops. These flowers are not only beautiful, but they are also edible. They have a very concentrated dill flavor and look stunning on any plate. If you have dill in your garden I encourage you to use the flowers. Just for fun and to impress my lunching friends I cut the shrimp in half lengthwise so when I cooked them they would curl up. It also creates a better bite for a salad or appetizer.  Continue reading