zucchini stuffed with turkey meat on a plate

stuffed zucchini boats

Dollop of zest cooks what’s in season and when the farm stands are overflowing with delicious looking (and tasting) zucchini it’s not hard! The last few weeks have seen zucchini cooked up all sorts of ways – grilled, sautéed, in salads, and now a “Z Boat”. Z boats […]


salad dressing 101

Having a go to salad dressing is key and this recipe will give you just that. It’s the starting point for zestier versions that I’ll be posting in the coming weeks, but tasty enough as is that your diners will be asking “who makes that dressing” to which you can casually reply […]

ribs, BBQ, BBQ sauce

bbq ribs in rub and sauce

Today we are talking ribs, the pork variety, with a dry rub and BBQ sauce. Trust me this is super simple, can be made in advance and will quickly become your go-to BBQ main. Also trust me when I promise dollop will feature recipes other than BBQ but […]

pork, BBQ, marinade, avocado, mango, salsa, pork chops

grilled pork chop marinade

summer season marinades – part 1 I marinate, it’s what I do. Chicken, zucchini, pork, all get it equally and coming up with new marinades is a game I have with myself (and now you). After years of trying random collections of flavors I’ve created a few […]

mango avocado salad-sa

mango and avocado salad-sa

Cilantro, cilantro, cilantro! Is an herb garden complete without a cilantro plant? Not mine, and the only challenge I have is letting it grown back in-between meals. Now there are some folks out there, including JC (that’s Julia Child for anyone wondering) who don’t like cilantro or think it […]

spaghetti with clam sauce

spaghetti with clam sauce

The streets packed with outdoor tables as soon as the temperature hits 60 tells me I’m not alone in my itch to dine al fresco after the winter hibernation. The first sunny lunches are fantab but the dinners, not so much. Without fail each spring it takes one meal wearing a scarf tied tight around […]