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Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese

I had a delicious salad recently made by my friend Donna that was positively outstanding.  I love all salads, but once in a while it’s nice to have just a simple salad made with crisp lettuce tossed in a light vinaigrette.  This lettuce salad hit that craving for me. Continue reading Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese

Creamy Leeks Pasta

My youngest daughter Rani made a delicious creamy leeks pasta this past weekend for our Thanksgiving dinner that the entire family devoured😋.  What makes this pasta a breeze to cook is the minimal amount of ingredients in it – leeks, butter, pasta, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Outstanding feel good pasta this is. The only modification we made to this awesome recipe is omitting bacon and adding chili flakes to give the dish a little extra heat. Try it!  Here is the link to the recipe Creamy Leeks Pasta on Bon Appetit Magazine. Continue reading Creamy Leeks Pasta

Curly Kale and Ricotta Salata on Crackers

This little appetizer packs a ton of flavor and looks amazing too. I came up with this hors d’oeuvres when I was making an egg frittata with kale, leeks and ricotta cheese. The combination of kale and ricotta cheese tasted so good when I was prepping them for the eggs, that I decided to try this combination of ingredients in an appetizer. The opportunity presented itself perfectly when I had a couple of friends over for tea one afternoon.

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Fresh Figs and Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts & Fig Jam Vinaigrette

One of my favorite fall-inspired salads to make especially when fresh figs are in season is a big spinach salad with fresh figs, Gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts; all tossed together with a sweet fig dressing.

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Kale, Fennel & Apple Salad with Dubliner Cheese and Honey Mustard Dressing

I had this awesome kale salad when I went over to my friend Devi’s for lunch to celebrate her birthday a while back. Our friend Rose joined us too and we had a delicious and healthy fall-inspired lunch. Rose brought this wonderful kale salad with fennel and apples. Continue reading Kale, Fennel & Apple Salad with Dubliner Cheese and Honey Mustard Dressing

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

After going to the Heirloom Tomato Festival in Los Gatos and purchasing a few giant heirloom tomatoes, I decided to make a tomato tart that evening.  I had saved a recipe a while back from Ina Garten for a tomato tart with goat cheese, and now seemed the perfect time to try it out with my newly bought tomatoes.

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Cream Cheese Edible Art with Herbs & Edible Flowers

I’m a huge fan of edible leaves and flowers from the garden, and when I see edible flowers incorporated into a food recipe I have to give it a try. The inspiration for this recipe came from Sunset Magazine’s Western Edition March issue. I looked through the entire magazine but what caught my eye is guess what? Flowers and herbs! Lovely flowers and herbs so beautifully shown off to perfection, in butter of all things.

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This got me thinking, I mean if I am going to all this trouble to make this gorgeous tapestry of edible flowers and herbs, I want to share it with lots of people like at a party, and serving bread and butter even if it is this pretty didn’t sound so appealing.  On the other hand, serving herbed cream cheese beautifully decorated with herbs and edible flowers?  Now, that I can see serving with crackers for any occasion.  That’s how I came up with this Cream Cheese Edible Art – Cream Cheese with Herbs & Edible Flowers. Continue reading Cream Cheese Edible Art with Herbs & Edible Flowers

Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese

The ingredients for this simple and delicious salad can be bought ready to go at the grocery store. All you have to do is assemble the salad and just make a vinaigrette dressing. The recipe for this wonderful strawberry salad comes from my friend Rose who brought it to share when she came over for lunch.  It can be enough for two people as a main salad or for four people as a side salad. Fresh creamy goat cheese tastes great in this salad but you can leave it out if you prefer.   Continue reading Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Dave’s Amuse Bouche. Goat Cheese Wrapped in Seaweed.

Amuse bouche is a complimentary, bite-sized portion of savory food served before a meal or in between courses at a restaurant.

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When I invited our friends Dave and Rose to come over for dinner one evening to show us how to make pasta and tiramisu that they had learnt on their Italian holiday in Tuscany; Dave brought an interesting amuse bouche – goat cheese wrapped in seaweed.

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This was a very unique amuse bouche because I would never think to combine an Asian flavor like seaweed with a western flavor like goat cheese. Dave’s amuse bouche was a delectable little bite that packed a ton of flavor. Here is the recipe.

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