Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also … Read more

Watermelon Orange and Onion Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Watermelon Orange Onion Salad

Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling … Read more

Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Walnut Parmesan Sauce

cheese ravioli walnut cream sauce

We first sampled pasta with walnut sauce during a trip through Italy, where walnuts are a prized ingredient. There are many versions walnut sauce (salsa di noci) – including very simple preparations where pulverized walnuts are added to milk and breadcrumbs and then tossed with pasta. I prefer to use granule sized walnut chunks to … Read more

Cold Curried Rice and Shrimp Salad

If you are a fan of yellow curry, then this recipe belongs in your collection. This cold rice salad pairs together spicy yellow curry with crunchy cauliflower and sweet poached shrimp.  It’s an ultimate make-ahead recipe because the flavors combine together and taste even better after spending a night in the fridge. Serve it as either a main … Read more

Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad

Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad

I’m a huge fan of yellow curry and am always looking for new ways to use it. I also appreciate something that I can make ahead and that has the flavors to impress. And if it’s easy to make and doesn’t use a long list of ingredients, then it ends up in the favorite recipe … Read more

Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Red Wine Vinaigrette

I’ll admit that growing up I wasn’t a big fan of brussel sprouts. I have since changed my mind completely – or maybe its another example of the adage – everything is better with bacon. My previous introductions to brussel sprouts had been after they were thoroughly boiled to the point of mush. They bear … Read more

Perfect Mashed Potatoes with Leeks

Perfect Leek Mashed Potatoes

What makes the perfect mashed potatoes? They need to be full of flavor, creamy, and – one of my favorite things, able to be made ahead of time. That’s mashed potato perfection! The ingredient that helps give this recipe its versatility and texture is cream cheese. The potatoes will have a rich creamy texture without … Read more

Coconut Rice – Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak, or coconut rice, is a Malaysian side dish served throughout the day. Nasi Lemak is so popular that it is considered the country’s national dish. The rice is lightly flavored with ginger, coconut milk and pandan leaves. Pandan leaves are very common in Malaysian cooking and add a light floral note to the dish. … Read more