Vinaigrette de España

Tags

, , , , , ,

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_9982.jpgFrankly, most Spaniards drizzle a little really good olive oil and a few drops of vinegar over their greens, and call it a day.  They probably wouldn’t use this.  But, I’m not a Spaniard and these are all flavors they tend to use, so there you have it.  Anyway, it’s good!  Continue reading

Quick Shrimp-Tomato and Herb Sauce

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , ,

Quick Shrimp-Tomato and Herb SauceAn unknown, but clearly intelligent and resourceful person, once said, “necessity is the mother of invention”.  I think this is particularly true when it comes to the culinary world.  Many of what are now famous dishes, Spanish tortilla, Italian frittata, stir-fry’s, anything that’s a one-dish dinner, spring from necessity.  And, this is just such a recipe.  Continue reading

Greek-Style Zucchini

Tags

, , , , ,

This is one of those quick little recipes that packs a wallop of flavor!  It’s wonderful in summer, but even in the dead of winter, supermarket zucchini will take you back to the lazy days of summer. Serve it with Greek-Style Roasted Potatoes and a supermarket broasted chicken and you’re all set. Continue reading

Southern Sweet-Mustard Potato Salad

As you know, we’re now living in the southern US.  The South has its own spin on many dishes, and potato salad is no different.  As you may also have noted, The Goddess has an affinity for potato salad, so she’s been sampling and asking questions.  Continue reading

Fattoush with Corn, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Herbs in a Creamy Garlic Dressing

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

Fattoush has always been a favorite of mine.  It’s a lovely way to use seasonal vegetables and leftover pita.  The addition of corn makes this version is a bit unusual, but equally delicious.   Continue reading

Potatoes Savoyarde…Almost!

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Most people I know enjoy scalloped potatoes, or pommes au gratin.  They are creamy, cheesy and a great company dish.  Sometimes, The Goddess, thinks less, is more.  She want to really taste the potatoes, cut the richness (steak or duck doesn’t really need extra richness, do they?) and still have a comforting, delicious, make-ahead side dish…this is the solution. Continue reading

Twisted German Potato Salad

Tags

, , , , , ,

My mother didn’t make German Potato Salad, but my grandmother did.  Unlike most versions, hers went into the oven.  I rather prefer the roasted version…the potatoes are a better texture and they brown up nicely. Continue reading

Mocha-Merlot-Port Sauce with Shallots

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

This is a sauce for steak.  It’s particularly delicious with bleu cheese.  It’s a gorgeous.  Its rich, almost creamy mouth-feel, makes for a complex flavor.  But, it isn’t complicated to make.  And it’s best when made ahead and it reheats very well.  Perfect for entertaining.  Your guests will feel pampered. Continue reading

Summer Fruit “Crudo” with Basil

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Summer Fruit "Crudo" with BasilThis should probably be called a salsa.  But then most people conjure up a flavor profile of tomatoes, onions, peppers, with maybe a bit of fruit tossed in.  That’s not this…at all.  I’m serving this with very simply prepared fish, but it’s all about the fruit mixture.  I could seriously eat the whole bowl.  Just standing there, leaning up against the cupboard…it’s that good.  Continue reading