Spanish Marinated Carrots

This month marks 10 years of the forming of our Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC). While the members of our group may have changed the overall theme of the group has not. We have been and continue to be all about sharing food, wine, laughter and friendship. [Read more…]

Lemon-Basil Potato Salad

Potato salad and summer make a perfect pair. I like that you can make it in advance and in may cases it improves as it sits for a few hours. [Read more…]

Black Bean and Prosciutto Soup

Black bean soup is one of my favorites. It’s both satisfying and flavorful. And this recipe is almost as easy as opening a can of pre-made soup. [Read more…]

Roasted Sunchokes with Grape Tomatoes

While I’ve seen sunchokes in the market for years it wasn’t until recently that I started to cook them. Sunchokes (also called Jerusalem artichokes) are best described as having a potato-like consistency, similar to artichokes in flavor and resemble ginger root. [Read more…]

Cucumber and Herb Soup

We recently enjoyed a lovely meal with friends at one of our most favorite spots, Wyebrook Farm. This property has been farmed for over 200 years – most recently by Dean and Emelie Carlson. After spending 15 years on Wall Street, Dean decided that farming was the path he wanted to take. [Read more…]

Mushroom Soup

Living near Kennett Square, the Mushroom Capital of the World, we are fortunate to have access to many versions of mushroom soup. I don’t think you can call yourself a restaurant in that vicinity if you don’t serve your “signature” mushroom soup. [Read more…]

Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato and Smoked Gouda Soup

Every time we visit Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks we make a trip to Lake Placid to visit one of our favorite brewpubs, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. The beer, food and view are all fabulous. There are so many good things to eat on the menu (including a few tasty gluten-free flatbreads) that I have a hard time making a selection. [Read more…]

Onion and Garlic Beer Soup

It’s finally cold in the northeast! After way above normal temperatures for both Thanksgiving and Christmas frigid temperatures have finally descended upon the Philadelphia area. That means warm coats and soup. [Read more…]

Fava Bean, Apricot and Pistachio Rice Salad

I’ve always loved rice salads and particularly so when they’re made with flavorful rices. This one starts with wild rice and brown rice as a base. I used rice from two separate packages but you could use a pre-made mix. Using different rices provides not only more flavor but also more texture. [Read more…]

Green Goddess Potato Salad

Summer is winding down but if you’re like me parts of your garden are still going strong. I am happy to report that many of my herbs (thyme, rosemary, tarragon, mint and lavender) are still growing at a good pace. While I plan on freezing some of these for the winter, I also want to use them while they’re fresh. [Read more…]