Watermelon “Steak” Salad

Watermelon “Steak” Salad Makes 4 servings Dressing ½ cup light olive oil ¼ cup canola oil ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon sugar ¼ to ½ teaspoon chili lime seasoning Kosher salt Coarse-ground pepper Salad […]

Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled JalapenosMakes about 1 cups ½ cup white wine vinegar½ cup water1 tablespoon sugar 1½ teaspoon kosher salt1 garlic clove, smashed5 teaspoons black peppercorns5 teaspoons coriander seeds8 ounces jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, garlic, peppercorns, […]

Pickled Onions

Pickled Onions Makes about 1½ cups 1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon kosher salt½ cup white wine vinegar¼ cup rice vinegar1 garlic clove, halved5 black peppercorns3 small thyme sprigs1 medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced Bring 3 cups of water to […]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

As someone who cooks for a living, I spend most of my time in the kitchen. Each day I do my best to turn out great food for my clients. I have made thousands upon thousands of dishes over the […]

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

I can’t believe it’s already May! I feel like I just took down my Christmas tree, and it’s already Cinco de Mayo. I’m not Mexican, but I appreciate the significance of this holiday. Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican Army’s […]

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

Spring is here! And along with it comes crops of amazing seasonal vegetables, my favorite being sugar snap peas. I first discovered this crisp, sweet vegetable when my oldest son was an infant. Since I was an overly obsessive new […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I think my husband was the only kid in the state of Ohio who loved Brussels sprouts. He couldn’t get enough of them, especially when his dad cooked them. “He made them just right,” Big Daddy has said on more […]

Broccoli Salad

Much of my life can be chronicled by food. I fell in love with Big Daddy over a pan of leftover rice and tomatoes at some diner in West Virginia. A lemon cake introduced me to the world of competitive […]