Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers

mexican pickled onions

While traveling through the Yucatan area of Mexico, we found one local condiment that made most local dishes that we tried just that much better. In the Yucatan almost every taco and most sandwiches are dressed spicy pickled onions – Escabeche de Cebolla. The idea is to enhance the flavor of grilled and slow cooked … Read more

Red Enchilada Chile Sauce

Red Enchilada Chili Sauce

If you love Mexican food then having a good red enchilada sauce is essential. This versatile sauce is used not only to make classic enchiladas, but can also be modified to use with fish, as part of a base for slow cooked dishes such as Barbacoa Beef, or in one of our favorite brunch dishes … Read more

Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe

Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking … Read more

Fig and Onion Chutney

Fig and Onion Chutney

I happened to have several figs left-over from a poached fig with walnuts and chocolate dessert I made earlier in the week. Figs (in my experience) are one of those ingredients that don’t get used very often, and then when you have them the few left over end up lingering in the pantry until you … Read more

Yogurt Dip with Jalapeno and Fresh Herbs

Yogurt Mint Jalapeno Dip

This yogurt dip recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Istanbul. In most restaurants after you are seated a waiter comes along with a tray filled with little dishes (mezze or appetizers). There is typically an assortment of hot and cold items available with flavors that vary from mild to spicy. Going out for appetizers … Read more

Salad Dressing With Citrus and Fresh Ginger

Citrus Salad Dressing

I’m probably like most of you. The idea of making my own salad dressing, when there are so many in easy reach on the grocers shelf, seems like a waste of precious time. But here’s an idea that will elevate your salad to a new level – by using the ingredients that you were going to use … Read more

Bolognese Sauce Made Simple

easy bolognese sauce

This is a simplified version of the Classic Italian Bolognese Sauce. Full of flavor but you can whip this up in 30 minutes for dinner any night of the week.  Here are a few additional Italian inspired recipes you might enjoy: Pin it for later     The Recipe comes courtesy of our Chef Daniele … Read more