Sunday Pasta®: Spaghetti al Pesto di Peperoni (Red Pepper)

 It’s once again time for annual performance reviews at the office. They’re a real pain in the neck to give, but their effectiveness cannot be disputed, as I can think of a  better way to track progress and suggest improvements in an organized, structured, and non-confrontational manner....more

Fried Vegetarian Potstickers

"There are two kinds of people : those who think there are two kinds of people and those who are smart enough to know better." -Tom Robbins  ...more

If only I lived on the East Coast! I guess I will have to attempt to make them on my own...more

Caribbean Shrimp & Scallops with Yellow and Red Pepper Lime Salsa

For some reason I’ve been feeling like it should be vacation time; maybe it’s the warm weather?  Unfortunately the reality is this is not, nor will it be anytime soon, the moment for a vacation!  I had picked up some lovely cherry tomatoes, red and green peppers, limes and cucumbers at the farmers market that were sitting in my veggie basket waiting…suddenly I thought; what about salsa!  A Caribbean inspired salsa!  At least we could eat like we were on vacation……. So I popped up to the market and picked up a few fresh shrimp, scallops and fresh white cor...more

Gulf Coast Crab Cakes with Louisiana Attitude

Hailing from the Gulf Coast, David and I love seafood. With Mardi Gras right around the corner, we made crab cakes with a little Louisiana attitude. These crab cakes are overflowing with crab meat, having only enough binder to hold them together....more

Hi Cece, I haven't tried baking them myself, but I've seen similar recipes that call for baking ...more

Forgiving Flat Bread

Have you ever noticed that when someone offends you, every conversation, every encounter with that person, is skewed? They walk by and say, “Hi” but you are certain the inflection in their voice was really saying,“@#*&#%!” That person drops a document off at your desk and you are SURE they only came by to spy on you! Yet in most cases, that person never even knows you’re upset with them....more

Pepper Jack Soup from the Falcon Lake Deli

Soup-making is something that I just know how to do. Why? I grew up surrounded by soup-simmering and soup-eating. Tomato Beef Barleys and Chicken Noodles warmed my childhood. Vegetarian Borscht Dappled with Heavy Cream appeared in the spring and returned to freshen Ukrainian Christmas Eve (a meatier version was ladled daily at the Perogy Patch). ...more

If you do, let me know what you think. It really is an amazing soup and the leftovers pureed and ...more

Melty Brie with Garlic, Red Pepper and a Year in the Life of Pittman's on 44

My brother Mike and his wife Angela (owners / operators of Pittman’s on 44) spend spring gearing up for summer. They plan new menu items and get the staff (mostly students) into shape before May Long hits. From that weekend on it’s non-stop insanity. I know because I’ve had a spin in the whirlwind of a beach-town restaurant myself....more

Defining Healthy

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli and Steamed Artichokes.   January is the most diet-friendly month of the year. After New Year's Day there are no major (American) holidays involving food. You've more than likely just come off a month-long gluttonous binge and are ready for lighter meals. Plus, there are usually friends happy to join in on a first-of-the-year health kick!...more

Hi Summer Joy, I really enjoyed this post! We make our own aioli at home too. But for safety we ...more