Grilled Pork and Scallion Tacos

One of my new favorites is to grill scallions (or spring onions). During my weekly trek to the local farmers market I always make sure to pick up a few fresh bunches. They’re very easy to make and they add a nice flavor and crunch to any meal. [Read more…]

Chicken Burrito Bowl (Slow Cooker)

Slow cookers and I have not always seen eye to eye. While I like the concept that you can place a bunch of ingredients in the cooker, turn it on and come back hours later to a hot and tasty meal it rarely worked that way for me (a few family members can attest to that). [Read more…]

Pineapple Salsa

Think of this as kind of a sweet-savory fruit salad turned into a dip. While the pineapple provides the strongest flavor the sweetness is cut by the lime, jalapeño and cilantro. It also offers a nice contrast of textures from crunchy peppers to the soft avocado. [Read more…]

Refried Black Beans

My mother lived in Mexico for over a decade. One year for Christmas in order to bring a bit of her adopted culture to us she gave us a copy of Diana Kennedy’s The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. Little did I know at that time that Kennedy was one of the most respected authors of Mexican cookbooks. [Read more…]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Our friend, Hope D, introduced us to Chicken Tortilla Soup back in 1998 – the year we first met.  I still remember sitting in her apartment in the Philadelphia suburbs and being transported to a warmer climate when first tasting her soup. [Read more…]

Avocado-Black Bean Salad

This month’s Gourmet Dinner Club theme called for a high level of creativity especially since I was assigned the salad course. The theme? Muffin tins. Yes – everything had to be made in a muffin tin. [Read more…]

Mexican Brown Rice Salad

I have been looking for a reason to try making a brown rice salad and this month’s Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC) gave me the perfect excuse since I was assigned the side dish. Plus, the theme was Mexican which provided lots of inspiration for a flavorful salad. [Read more…]

Avocado-Walnut Butter

As much as I love a good guacamole, I’m always looking for different ways to prepare avocados. One of the first replies I received on my website was from Limerock Orchards (walnut growers in Paso Robles, California) who had commented on a recipe that I had posted using walnut oil. [Read more…]

Red Wine and Thyme Pork Tenderloin

This is a great example of how to make something old, new again. I have been using this marinade for pork tenderloins for longer than I can recall.  It’s easy and tasty. Plus, pork tenderloins can easily turn out dry when cooked, but this marinade keeps them very moist. [Read more…]

Grilled Avocados

Earlier this summer I was reading a recipe for chicken with grilled avocados. It had never occurred to me to heat an avocado. Warming them up a bit on the grill intensifies the flavor and, if possible, makes an avocado even better. [Read more…]