Tuna Tartare {Served as Hors d’Oeuvres}

Use fresh, high-quality ingredients.   Dice your tuna into fine cubes. It is much easier to slice tuna when it is very cold, almost frozen. I buy my sushi grade Read more …

Beef Short Ribs {Slow Baked to Fall-Off-the-Bone Perfection}

Succulent shredded morsels of beef rib, slightly salty, with a hint of rosemary … some crunchy …. some soft …. all to die for. Every time I make shredded beef Read more …

Shrimp & Avocado Stuffed Baby Tomato Bites

I’m always on the lookout for snacks or party hors d’oeuvres that don’t use pastry or bread. Here is an easy light recipe which can be made in advance and Read more …

Cod Fritters {Salt Cod Fritters with Avocado Chipotle Crema}

So …. I’m in the produce section at my local Whole Foods when along comes one of the fish department guys offering another shopper and me, these moist, tender, warm Read more …

Collard or Spring Greens “Crispy Seaweed” {British Chinese Restaurant Style}

If you’ve ever been to a Chinese restaurant in the UK, you’ll notice they all have “crispy seaweed” on their menus. Well, it’s not seaweed at all but fried spring Read more …

Artichokes {The easiest and best way to enjoy them}

Artichokes are one of those childhood memory-evoking vegetables for me… Tasty meaty leaves dipped in hollandaise sauce or tangy vinaigrette, before reaching the more substantial bottom section (once the hairs Read more …

Piedmont Roasted Peppers {Peppers stuffed with tomatoes, garlic and anchovies}

It’s still summer! With succulent ripe peppers and tomatoes in abundant supply, this is the perfect summer dish for a light lunch or appetizer. They keep well in the fridge Read more …

Smoked Salmon & Roquefort Terrine {My favorite Harrods Terrine}

The first time I came across this terrine was in London at the Harrods Food Hall about 20+ years ago! It was a real treat at the time for my husband Read more …

Cheese & Rosemary Crisps {Nothing but cheesy herby crunchiness}

  These cheese crisps were a hit at our last bridge gathering! Not only are they infinitely less expensive than the ones you can occasionally buy at the supermarket, I Read more …

Salmon Dip {Easy to make with 5 staple pantry Ingredients}

This super easy and tasty dip recipe was given to me recently by my dearest friend Carol. She served it to us during one of our weekly bridge gatherings and Read more …

Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Dill & Shallot Crème Fraîche

Out of all the gazillions of blini recipes out there, this one is hands down the BEST! Easy to make, it yields beautifully light and fluffy blinis that not only Read more …

Braised Beef Rib Tostadas {Cinco de Mayo Menu}

Tostadas are the Mexican version of open-faced sandwiches and therefore, just as versatile! Shredded beef is ideal because it holds all your other toppings together and the rich rib flavor Read more …

Guacamole {Cinco de Mayo Menu}

In readiness for your Cinco de Mayo festivities, this week I’m bringing you my favorite Mexican dishes. Make enough so you can enjoy leftovers afterwards! Everybody needs to have a an Read more …

Spanish Date Cake with Marcona Almonds {a must-have on your cheeseboard}

This Spanish-style cake is more often found during the holiday season and can be very expensive, to say the least! So…. if you want to enjoy this sweet sticky treat any time Read more …

The Original Cuban – Tampa’s Signature Sandwich {a sandwich with a history}

This weekend, Ybor City, Tampa’s historic neighborhood (named after Spanish cigar manufacturer Vicente Martinez Ybor) is host to the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival. Two days full of warm sunshine, cuban Read more …

Garlic Confit {And 7 ways to use, smear, spread, add or in other words, enjoy it!}

Confit (pronounced con-fee) is a French term used to describe an ancient method of preserving food in fat, oil or sugar syrup. It involves cooking food, in this case garlic, at Read more …

Bruschetta with Slow Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Parmesan, Garlic and Basil

One of the many things I love about living in Florida is home-grown grape tomatoes in the middle of February. This crop was given to us by William, our handyman. Read more …

Tuna {Seared on Papaya and Avocado Salad with Asian Dressing}

            I keep reading recipes with julienne of green papaya so I thought I’d try it out with lightly seared tuna. My papaya wasn’t that Read more …

Cauliflower Pizza Crust – You must try it to believe it!

I have to admit I didn’t have high hopes for this recipe but I was desperate. Still wanting to shed the extra pounds gained during 2014, and realizing that the older I Read more …

Sesame Shrimp Sticks with Apricot Dipping Sauce

I recently made these for our bridge club’s holiday gathering. To say they were a hit is an understatement! You can make them longer or shorter, thicker or thinner and Read more …