• Quick Bites,  Smörgåsbord

    Just saying…

    A salad in not a meal.  It is a style.  ~ Fran Lebowitz Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.   Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.  ~Miles Kington It takes four men to dress a salad: a wise man for the salt, a madman for the pepper, a miser for the vinegar, and a spendthrift for the oil.” ~ anonymous “my salad days, When I was green in judgement, cold in blood.” ~ William Shakespeare  

  • The Pantry

    New, Interesting, Unusual Hors d’oeuvres, Appetizers and Starters

    If you are looking for alternates for the usual, ho-hum hors d’oeuvres, appetizers or starters, have a look at this list of some of my favorites.  1.  Sesame Ginger  Soba Noodles in Spoons This is the only hors d’oeuvres on this list that is really only for small parties…unless, of course if you choose to rent or buy several spoons (see photo).  Easy to prepare and you can make them the day before.  2.  Polenta Crostini with Balsamic Red Onion and Blue Cheese A great alternate to the usual bread crostini. 3.  Tostaditas with Corn Salsa This can be served chilled or at room temperature.  A nice feature if you are running…

  • Quick Bites,  Smörgåsbord

    Kitchen Tips #2

    Salad greens can be easily bruised so when washing carefully dip them in and out of a large bowl of water, then dry them on paper towels. When measuring spices always use a measuring spoon or pour them into your hand  instead of straight into the food you are cooking so that you don’t accidently over pour. To juice lemons, limes, oranges or other citrus, first roll them on the cutting board pressing down hard with the palm of your hand before slicing. The best way to cook raw sausage is to first poach them in water for about 10 minutes.  You can them finish them on the grill or…

  • The Pantry

    Leek as an Onion Substitute

    Last week I was talking to my friend, Karla, about a client of mine who doesn’t like onion. How can I possibly cook without onion? I’ve cooked with leek many times before, but never have needed an onion substitute. Karla told me when her sister-in-law, who is not an onion lover visits, she replaces onion with leek. So that Sunday when I went to the Brentwood Farmer’s Market, I bought a huge bunch of leeks. Huge! They are at least 15 inches long. So, I have been using leek everyday since then. I especially like them in my scrambled eggs. Native to the Mediterranean countries, the leek is a vegetable…

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