Honey Dijon Beet Salad with Chevre Cheese

I’ve met my fair share of beet haters in my time (my husband being one of them) and I have a perfect track record of converting them once I actually get them to try something made with fresh beets. When I bring up the word “beets” to anyone, I automatically see a wrinkle in their…

Sweet and Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Sesame Glazed Chicken Wings Eating wings is an 8-finger affair. My pinky fingers are usually pointed up to stay clean and maybe stay a little classy too. 😛 Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings is incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy…

Seared Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus w/ a Wild Mushroom White Wine Sauce

These prosciutto-wrapped spears of seared asparagus are a delicious addition to an elegant dinner or a tapas course. A few spears of asparagus, some slices of prosciutto, and a bit of creamy wine mushroom sauce is all you need to assemble this fancy little side dish. So little ingredients but packs a lot of flavor….

Brie-Stuffed Dates

These dates are perfect as a finger-food appetizer, tapas cheese course or even dessert. These dates are a wonderful fall treat and pair very well with a nice glass of merlot. Perfect for those holiday parties! Which by the way are right around the corner. These little treats are so easy to make and takes only…

Middle Eastern Spanakopita

Growing up, one of my favorite Middle Eastern treats was my momma’s spinach pies or as you all know it spanakopita. This isn’t your typical Greek spanakopita, it has an Iraqi flare with a little more cheese and a whole lot of flavor. You will love it just as much, if not better! As I got…

Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Sage & Brown Butter

Forget store bought gnocchi; make your own with this incredible, melt in your mouth, recipe! I was walking through the isles at Trader Joe’s and saw a package of premade gnocchi. I thought I would grab it and put it in my cart to get some inspiration for my next recipe. Well, then I passed…

Homemade Sushi Rolls

You want to know a secret? I LOVE sushi. No, not the sandbox kind of love, it’s SERIOUS love. If I could, I would eat it everyday for the rest of my life. When I used to live in San Diego, I think I actually did eat sushi almost everyday. There, it’s no secret anymore,…

Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bruschetta is so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. The popularity of this Italian favorite is no surprise, as it’s not only a simple appetizer, but also an ‘upscale’ finger food. While there are the traditional tomato-and-basil recipes, there are many more bruschetta varieties. There is something about tomatoes and basil that just…

Baby Red Potato Salad

Baby Red Potato Salad Potato salad is a year-round favorite for me. The ingredient variations are endless and the dish provides a tasty and complementary side for almost any entrée. However, I am one of THOSE individuals who is not a fan of the traditional potato salad *gasp!* I know, I know crazy right? I…

Fried Green Tomatoes With Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce

Fried green tomatoes… Fried tomatoes? What is it with us and our obsession to fry everything? Because it’s delicious, thats why! I had no idea what fried green tomatoes were and did not feel like branching out to try a fried vegetable, or fruit, depending on who you talk to. So, I researched what and…