Summer Vegetable Soup

Finely and evenly dice your butternut squash, onion, celery, carrot and zucchini, Sauté and soften then add your smashed garlic cloves. Add finely chopped fresh rosemary. Throw in 3 or 4 large bay leaves and deglaze with Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry. And add your fresh strained chicken broth or organic boxed chicken broth. Bring to…

Canadian Cheddar and Chive Farfalle

Begin as usual with your finely diced onion softening in butter on medium high heat. Add your smashed garlic and heat through. Add your flour and heat without browning. Add milk and stirring to blend until it comes to a gentle simmer and thickens. Add your Canadian sharp cheddar and stir to melt. Remove from…

Creamy Basil & Goats Cheese Pasta

Basil and goats cheese are a match made in heaven, simply put. This is a scrumptious dish with just the right amount of freshness and brightness that fresh basil and goats cheese gives a creamy sauce.  It will wow your friends and family. Start with your base of butter and finely diced onion softening on…

Summertime Potato Salad

This is my favorite potato salad because it is smooth but has a dilly crunch to make it extra special. Boil your potatoes – Russet, Yukon, New, Red Skinned (whatever you have or prefer – I used peeled russets here) in salted water. Drain and set aside uncovered to let cool. Finely dice sweet onion,…

Grilled Pineapple and Corn Salsa

Cool, crisp, sweet, tangy with a bit of heat – I should bottle it for sale – good with grilled meat, fish or poultry, on a hotdog or in a taco. I think I’ll serve it with seared steak very soon. Grill your whole green onions and freshly cut 1″ pineapple rounds, (core in tact…

Orange Chicken Fried Rice

Simply Stunning Asian Spaghetti Chicken fried rice isn’t necessarily a simple dish as there are many components. I’ve made many versions but there was something inauthentic about the result for one reason or another. However, this fried rice is out-of-the-park or I-love-chopsticks perfect. Butterfly your skinned and deboned chicken breasts. Pound them out flat (I…

Homemade Dilly Dill Dip

Homemade is better, unless it’s Pho which I have been trying to perfect for over two years now. I won’t give up. But this Dip is fantastic, crunchy, cool, tangy and fresh. Sour cream, finely diced baby dill pickles, pickle juice from the jar (yes and this is the secret), fresh dill finely chopped, dry…

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie Soup – What?

This low-carb Soup is very satisfying and full of hearty flavors. This was born out of a desire to have comfort food without the price of indulging in comfort food.  First sauté your beef , turkey or chicken.  Brown it with finely diced onion.  Add in finely diced red pepper and heat through and soften…

Pork and Ginger Rice Noodle Soup

This is fantastically flavorful and fresh soup.  Ginger, lemongrass and fresh herbs make this eye opening. Brown your pork and add cumin, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, red chili flakes, diced red pepper, salt and pepper. Add your chicken stock and bring to a simmer and add mushrooms, chopped cilantro, soy sauce and fish sauce. When serving,…

Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce

We bought two legs of lamb and had them deboned at our lovely local butcher.  One was 5 lbs and the other 4 lbs.  The night before we rolled them open and coated the inside with fresh rosemary, olive oil and sea salt.  We put the bones back in the middle and tied them up…

Cheese Tortellini Soup

Comfort food made easy.  Sauté  the trifecta of onion, carrot and celery in butter and in this version add slivered mushrooms.  Once your sautéed ingredients are heated through and softened add your chicken broth and thyme bouquet.  Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper then add your “homemade” tortellini and cook until…

Seared Pork Sirloin

Simply put, local meat is the best, if available.  This is a pork sirloin steak brought out about an hour before cooking, seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  I used organic olive oil to wipe the hot clean grill.  Sear!  Turn a few times and keep flames at bay with…