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…]

Greek Chicken and Brown Rice Salad

This salad is so easy to make and a big hit no matter what the venue. I know because I’ve served it a tailgate at a Bruce Springsteen concert and in a box at the Devon Horse Show (the largest outdoor horse show in the country). It would be equally suitable at home, bridal or baby shower, or a simple picnic. [Read more…]

Wild Mushroom-Truffle Dip

Recently my college/post-college roommate, Elisabeth R, and her husband, Dan S, visited us from Seattle. After a great visit to the amazing Longwood Gardens (the spring tulips were in full bloom) we went to a lovely lunch at Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, PA.  Ed took the scenic route where we went by the Kennett Square water tower which proclaims Kennett Square as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” [Read more…]

Strawberry-Mint Sparkler

Farmers market season is upon us. I’m thrilled that my favorite local farmers market in Malvern, PA will be opening this coming weekend. That means that local strawberry season is just around the corner and I’m excited to to make another batch of this wonderful Strawberry-Mint Syrup that I first made last strawberry season. [Read more…]

Prosciutto-Arugula-Provolone Packages

I recently had a nice dinner at San Nicola in Paoli, PA with Ed and our friend from college, Kathy B. Kathy and I both had a salad of arugula with prosciutto and provolone. This simple salad had so many good flavors I decided to turn it into an appetizer. [Read more…]

Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots and Pistachios

I’ve always made this recipe with couscous but now that I’m wheat-free I decided to try substituting quinoa. What I love about this dish is how well the flavors (cinnamon, apricots, pistachios and basil) meld together.

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Irish Sour

I can’t say for sure but it’s very likely that my last Whiskey Sour was November 17, 1989 – the day I turned 21. My sorority semi-formal happened to be the same night and I had bronchitis so it seemed like a good idea to treat it with a “fancy” Whiskey drink. I’m sure it did the trick. [Read more…]

Chicken Marabella

Those of us who love to cook usually say a recipe is just a guideline – and while I agree with this thought there are some cases where not following the recipe does not reward you. Years ago when my cousin, Katie H, and her now husband, Doug H, were students at Villanova University we enjoyed many non-dining hall dinners with them. Katie had told me a few times that Chicken Marabella was one of her favorite meals, so I decided to make it for the first time one night when they were coming for dinner. [Read more…]

Blood Orange Sparkler

I love color and blood oranges have to be one of my favorite fruits from a color standpoint. I particularly love that a blood orange could look mostly like a standard orange on the outside, but when you cut into it you find a beautiful deep crimson surprise. [Read more…]

Super Bowl XLVII (2013)

I have heard at least two stories about a shortage of chicken wings this Super Bowl season. In order to avoid a food catastrophe I thought it best to re-post my Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe. [Read more…]