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Dijon Vinaigrette

This is a classic vinaigrette.  Also do you know that this is the way to spell vinaigrette. This is the most misspelled culinary word. I have been spelling it at least 3 different ways!  Oh well, it’s the taste that counts!

Easy Appetizers – Guacamole & Salsa

Easy summer appetizers! Homemade guacamole and salsa! Simply buy grape tomatoes and pulse slightly in your food processor, add minced onion, minced jalapeño, (remove the ribs and seeds so it is not too spicy) chopped cilantro & fresh squeezed lime juice. S&P to taste. For the Guacamole mash a little of the avocado in a molcajete or bowl, add some of the minced onion, jalapeño, pulsed tomato, chopped cilantro and lime juice. S&P to taste. Throw in some tortilla chips and beer and you’ve got a party!

Kick The Sh*t Out Of Option B

I find a lot of inspiration in individuals who go through an inconceivable loss and are able to pull themselves up and face the day with courage. It is not courage without fear, but rather courage through the fear.  Courage is pressing through when the feeling of fear is present.  That is the best way to take responsibility and control of your life. Want a current day inspiration?  Look no further than Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook.  Sheryl was was on vacation with her husband when he fell off a treadmill, hit his head and immediately died.  He … Read More

Grilled Fennel-Rubbed Triple-Cut Pork Chops

I got this inspiration from a recipe in Bon Appetit.  I changed the recipe slightly because the I found the original rub was too salty (and I am not averse to salt).  Separating the bones at the end is magical.  You will fight over them!  There is a great video that shows the grilling process that I found very helpful.  I’ll put the link in at the end. Grilled Fennel-Rubbed Triple Cut Pork Chops (4 servings) Ingredients: 1 TB kosher salt 1 TB coarsely ground black pepper 2 TB finely ground fennel seeds 1 (2.5 lb) triple cut pork chops … Read More

Quinoa Salad With Copper River Salmon

Copper River Salmon is a wild salmon that is only available for three months in the summer.  It’s distinctive deep red color and great flavor make it a natural choice for a main course or a salad. Copper River Salmon used to be hard to find but with the rise in specialty grocery stores there is great availability and it is even now sold at Costco, which is where I found the best price. I discovered this recipe from Cooking Light and the only tweaks I made were adding a little brown sugar to the rub, a switch of regular white … Read More

Grilled Clams On Crack

Shut the front door!  This is so addicting and fanfuckingtabulous!  I got the inspiration from Ina but I doctored it up a bit. This is another installment of Ask your spouse/partner/significant other for anything after you serve this!   This serves 2 but if served as a smaller appetizer can feed 4. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups coarse bread crumbs, toasted It is so important to make your own breadcrumbs for this  – do not, I repeat, DO NOT, use store bought bread crumbs.  These tasty homemade morsels soak up all the sauce. (This is the crack I was alluding to!) … Read More

Summer Salad II

The secret to great salads is just a full produce drawer and a few staples. This was inspired by having some left over pesto green beans and spotting some breakfast radishes at the produce farm. I then just augmented with what I had in my fridge and pantry. Carrots, celery, zucchini, cucumber, squash, corn sliced off the cob, cherry tomatoes, chick peas, black beans and herbs from my garden. Just add a little vinaigrette – in this case EVOO and red wine vinegar with S&P to taste!

Who Doesn’t Love A BLT!

When my lettuce starts to proliferate in my garden and I see red tomatoes in the farmers market – I immediately think BLT!  The tomatoes right now are not at their peak but my lettuce is – that’s enough reason for me.  Oh and don’t skimp on fresh multigrain bread!

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Strawberries & Avocado Salsa

I love the summer when all the fresh produce begins to show up!  I am always looking for ways to eat healthy in between the grilled rib-eyes and hamburgers.  I try to do healthy, but great tasting salads during the week to off-set the other indulgences.  I found this recipe in Cooking Light and it is so delicious, especially since strawberries are in peak season here.  You could also use the salsa over slices of grilled pork loin. Ingredients: 1.5 Cups  strawberries (quartered) 1 ripe avocado peeled and cubed 1 TB minced seeded jalapeño 2 TB chopped fresh cilantro 2 … Read More

Will I Ever Be Happy Again?

When I first read this I cried.  Not because I identified with the divorce, I’m happily married, but I identified with her pain, her struggle and, more importantly, her resilience.  Sometimes we think we are alone, that we are the only ones going through a struggle, but we aren’t.  We all ask ourselves “Will I ever be happy again?”  The answer is yes, even though at times it doesn’t feel like it.  Let this beautifully written account of one women’s journey be an inspiration to you. This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post on 5/22/15 and is reprinted with … Read More

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