Wine Tasting Event

Wine Tasting Event

Trader Joes has a wonderful wine selection, and at reasonable prices!  Before purchasing a large quantity, I decided to have a party to hone in on a few reds and whites. The reds were Vintjs Pino Noir, La Finca Malbec and Pontificis Grenache Syrah.  All three were a hit! The whites were Santa Barbara Chardonnay, […]

Ingredient of the Week XXXVI: Brussel Sprouts

Ingredient of the Week XXXVI: Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are baby cabbages otherwise know as “edible buds”!  A lot of people I know pass on this vegetable and hope for another choice.  They really are good, especially when they are prepared other ways aside from simple steaming.  Avoid over-cooking this vegetable for that is when it makes your kitchen really stink (and […]

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

The Spinach Burger is such a hit I decided to elaborate a bit more forming yet another amazing meal.  Taking similar ingredients and stuffing them into a mushroom creates a perfect dish, still allowing room for a starchy vegetable like some beets, butternut, acorn squash or maybe a sweet potato. Saute’ the garlic and onions […]

Dinner with a friend

Dinner with a friend

A four course meal ended a fantastic summer Saturday a few weeks ago.  Fresh, colorful vegetables with a yogurt cucumber dip, otherwise known as Tzatziki, welcomed our guest, along with homemade basil pesto sauce to drizzle over my garden tomatoes, sandwiched with fresh buffalo mozzarella! Tuscan lemon white bean spread with arugula and reduced balsamic […]

Ingredient of the Week XXXV: Peanuts

Ingredient of the Week XXXV:  Peanuts

Did you know peanuts are a legumes, like peas?  They grow underground vs. on a tree. Peanuts are the number one nut right next to peanut butter with almonds next in line. Virginia Peanuts are by far the best choice around.  The are larger than the average nut found in most groceries and have a […]