8 posts from month 04/2018

Peanut Butter Ganache Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Ganache Cheesecake

What is it about peanut butter and chocolate?  It's like they were made for each other.  Soulmates.  This is the creamiest dreamiest cheesecake you will find.  It needs to be made in advance, as do all cheesecakes.  I usually make a cheesecake the night before I want it so that it can chill overnight.  I assure you though that it's well worth the wait. The Recipe    Prep Time:   20 mins Cook Time: 1  1/2 hrs Yields: 12 servings Ingredients INGREDIENTS For the ... Continue Reading
Asparagus Pasta

Whole Wheat Pasta with Spicy Garlic Asparagus Sauce

Springtime means asparagus!  I love this vegetable so much and wait all year for it to be in season.  This pasta dish is easy and quick and loaded with spring asparagus.  Try it! Sauté the garlic and peppers in butter and olive oil.  The combination of olive oil and butter is really yummy and the olive oil prevents the butter from burning! Add the asparagus and other ingredients and it's done in 5 minutes! The Recipe    Prep Time:  5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Y... Continue Reading
Steak Frites

Steak Frites with Cafe de Paris Sauce

There is a well-known restaurant in the 17th arrondissement of Paris called Le Relais de Venise.  This is where at the age of 20, I had my first Entrecôte served with frites (french fries) and Cafe de Paris sauce, an exquisite butter herb sauce.  The restaurant only serves this one dish, along with a salad to start.  Your only choice is how do you want it cooked.  The flavor of the sauce goes exceptionally well with a grilled piece of beef, as anyone who has tried it can attest. ... Continue Reading
Creamy Garlic Spinach Pasta

Creamy Garlic Spinach Pasta

This pasta is a family favorite, and the way I got my kids to start eating Spinach years ago.  Serve as a vegetarian meal, or marinate and grill some chicken breasts to serve on the side if you need a more hearty meal with extra protein. A note about the measurements in this recipe... they are very imprecise.  Basically, prepare it according to your own tastes.  If you like it to be more "spinachy", add more spinach.  If you like it a little lighter, add more cream.  And so on. The ... Continue Reading

Grilled Vegetable and Halloumi Sandwiches with Basil Aioli

Spring is here and it's time to fire up the grill!  These are truly beautiful summer sandwiches that can be ready in less than 30 minutes.  I like mine with only vegetables, but if you know someone who truly needs meat, than you can do the same thing, but add some lovely grilled koftas to it!  Use any vegetables that you like that will grill well.  I used zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and onions here.  You could try sweet potato, mushrooms, fennel, anything!  Scrumptious! If you're ... Continue Reading
Chicken Balti Curry

Chicken Balti Curry

There's just something about a curry.  It's real comfort food, easy to prepare, and no sacrifice of flavor whatsoever.  Everyone will love this recipe for Chicken Balti.  Guaranteed.  And it literally only takes minutes to prepare.  I've made this recipe less spicy hot than I normally might because sometimes I prefer a milder curry so that the other flavors of cumin, ginger, and turmeric can shine through.  But if you prefer all your food to be a three alarm fire, go ahead and spice ... Continue Reading
Tomato Soup and Polenta

Chunky Tomato Soup with Crispy Polenta Sticks

Ever need a super quick and easy meal but also want something flavorful and delicious?  Every day, you say?  Well here is a perfect answer.  Chunky Tomato Soup and Crispy Polenta Sticks.  If you have 30 minutes, then you are good to go. Cook the polenta and refrigerate. Make the soup and let it simmer.  Do something else for 20 minutes.  Then come back, cut up the polenta and fry it. Puree the soup.  And you're done! How easy was that???  MMMMmmmmm. ... Continue Reading
Chocolate Souffle

Mom’s Chocolate Soufflé

Do you want a warm chocolatey creamy fruity dessert??  Try this heavenly light Chocolate Souffle which takes 10 minutes to prepare and is absolutely delicious.   The Recipe    Prep Time:  10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Yields: 6 servings Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup milk 2 oz (56g) dark unsweetened chocolate (99% cocoa) 3 egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3 egg whites 1/4 tsp cream of ... Continue Reading