Month: March 2019

ITALIAN CHOPPED SALAD-LA SCALA STYLE

ITALIAN CHOPPED SALAD-LA SCALA STYLE

This delicious salad is my take on the iconic Leon salad served at LaScala’s restaurant in Beverly Hills.  While on a business trip to Newport Beach, I had to make a pilgrimage to the LaScala Boutique restaurant and have one for myself.  All I can 

INCREDIBLE MOLTEN LAVA CAKE

INCREDIBLE MOLTEN LAVA CAKE

This may be my favorite dessert.  What’s not to like about an individual dessert with a rich, cakey exterior hiding a warm, gooey, pudding-like chocolate center?  This cake is perfect for a romantic dinner, to serve for a holiday dessert, or to impress guests during 

ROASTED GARLIC HORSERADISH MASHED POTATOES

ROASTED GARLIC HORSERADISH MASHED POTATOES

Once you taste these creamy, rich, mashed potatoes with the tangy bite of horseradish together with the buttery, nuttiness of roasted garlic, you won’t want plain old mashed potatoes again. Is there anything more comforting than mashed potatoes?  Have a bad day? Crave some mashed 

THE ULTIMATE TOMAHAWK STEAK – 2 ways

THE ULTIMATE TOMAHAWK STEAK – 2 ways

A tomahawk steak or cowboy steak, is a “Flintstonian”, thick cut of ribeye with a 6-8-inch bone handle.  Can’t you see Fred Flintstone gnawing on something like this? Cartoon reference aside, the tomahawk is an impressive cut to serve to guests and has become very 

CLASSIC WEDGE SALAD

CLASSIC WEDGE SALAD

I think that this classic recipe may be an almost perfect dish.  I know. It’s so simple. But that’s the beauty of it! I love the cold, crispy lettuce.  I love the tangy, creamy dressing with the pungent, sharp crumbles of blue cheese. I love 

LEMON VANILLA BEAN SCONES

LEMON VANILLA BEAN SCONES

Can you go into a coffee shop and just get a coffee?  I can’t. I want something small and sweet to go along with the coffee.  It is a treat that I look forward to. The problem is that I am usually disappointed.  Either the 

CRISPY, CREAMY EGG BOATS

CRISPY, CREAMY EGG BOATS

This recipe is what would happen if a frittata or an omelet and a bread bowl had a love child.  A crispy, crunchy crust cradling a creamy, savory, soft egg and sausage center. How amazing does that sound? There is something that feels so decadent 

STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF

STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF

Cool and creamy.  Lightly sweet and wonderfully fruity.  This easy dish is a refreshing dessert or an elegant addition to brunch.  The best part is that it only looks fancy. I first had this amazing dish at La Madeline’s French Bakery and Cafe in Houston, 

FRESH PEACH BELLINI

FRESH PEACH BELLINI

A quick, easy, and elegant cocktail that marries the flavors of fresh, fruity peaches and the sweet fizz of prosecco. I have not met anyone who doesn’t enjoy a delicious Bellini.  I experienced my very first Bellini at a gorgeous Sardinian restaurant in Houston, Texas. 

THE ULTIMATE MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE COOKIES

THE ULTIMATE MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE COOKIES

This cookie is rich and chocolatey, with a warm spiciness that will leave you craving more.  These cookies are soft on the inside and crispy around the edges. The surprise of the cayenne starts subtle and then hits with a warm spiciness in the back 

SPICY MEXICAN RICE PILAF

SPICY MEXICAN RICE PILAF

This is a simple recipe that explodes with the comforting, spicy, warm flavors of Mexico.  So versatile, this can be a side or a one-dish meal with the addition of some meat. I could eat this rice as a meal in itself.  Yes, carb overload. 

CREAMY CILANTRO JALAPENO SAUCE

CREAMY CILANTRO JALAPENO SAUCE

When I moved to Houston, I was taken to Chuy’s Mexican restaurant and experienced the most delicious, creamy, cool, and yet spicy sauce that was amazing on literally everything. When I asked for and was denied the recipe, I went on an internet search for