• Recipes

    Zucchini and Feta Stuffed Ravioli with Cherry Tomato Sauce

    Here’s my no cost dinner!  I just emptied the fridge with everyday ingredients! Fresh zucchini, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and wontons! Dinner! Ready, set, go! I took the feta cheese out of the fridge to soften.  I had about 5 ounces. Then I blanched 2 medium sized zucchini which I had cut into circles.  (To blanch: boil a pot of water and add the zucchini for 3 minutes).  Drain and put into an ice bath (a bowl of ice water) for a few minutes to stop the cooking. Drain again and blot dry with a paper towel. Next I chopped the zucchini into very small pieces and mixed with the softened feta.  Added a…

  • The Pantry

    Dinner, Theater and a Cause

    My friend Karla invited me up to Topanga Canyon, CA where she is a resident, for dinner and local outdoor theater one recent Friday evening.  It was a perfect night to be outside as the days had been hot, hot, hot. Usually in the Los Angeles area after sundown you need to put on a jacket and long pants as it cools down very quickly, unlike those great summer nights in the Midwest that I remember as a child. So the jacket I wrapped around my waist stayed there all night long under a beautiful and warm summer sky. Karla, her daughter Kayla, a really cool K I D getting…

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    Cumin-Lime Swordfish with Grape Salsa Recipe

    When I went grocery shopping the other day I knew I wanted some sort of fish with salsa, great for summertime.  Well, as usual, I’m going for what’s on sale that day.  Swordfish was that days manager’s special, so I picked up four nice looking pieces.  I didn’t want the usual salsas I make like tomato or mango salsa but something a bit different this time.  I saw that the green grapes were on sale for 88 cent per pound, and I knew I had some cherry tomatoes in the fridge, so I figured I could make something fun with those. For some inspiration, I turned to www.foodnetwork.com, one of the best…

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