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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is one of the three primary asparagus growing areas in the state. When Delta asparagus starts to show up in the grocery stores, it’s a sure sign the spring has arrived as the harvest there starts in early March. Hurry! Get your asparagus while you can as the season lasts just a few weeks.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Have a couple of little end pieces of ham in the fridge? Chop them up and easily convert the flavorful meat into a spreadable dip or sandwich filling. A breeze to make - whip it up earlier in the day and spread the Ham Mousse on crackers accompanied by a crisp white wine, with friends, relaxing the porch, on a beautiful warmish evening…you get the picture.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Everyone loves Lemon Bars. This is the classic version - flaky shortbread crust topped with a tangy-sweet baked lemon curd. Finished with a generous dusting of powdered sugar, these Lemon Bars look good, taste good, and they are simple to make.
Here’s a kicked up fast dessert: plate a refrigerated lemon bar along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle a teaspoon of limoncello onto the ice cream, sprinkle all with powdered sugar and garnish with a couple of mint leaves. Your dinner guests will think you’re the best!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Mushrooms and garlic are delicious together. Sautéed in salted butter and finished with a splash of Grand Marnier for caramelized sweetness, this dish highlights both ingredients.
As your guests are enjoy their aperitifs, give them a show, that is, show them how entertaining these Grand Marnier Mushrooms are to make. A few years ago, part of a sailing crew provided some pre-dinner drama - the Grand Marnier they set on fire got so hot that the plastic light bulb cover from the kitchen hood softened and mishaped and fell into the mushrooms! After that incident, they sauteéd mushrooms elsewhere.