marinated flank steak

marinated flank steak

I enjoy impromptu gatherings and believe wholeheartedly in the saying the more the merrier! But the key for me to enjoying a spontaneous dinner (or lunch) is not getting caught without something tasty to serve. If you’re thinking uhhhh is she nuts and the idea of a popup dinner party […]



Last fall while in Paris I became a little (ok maybe a lot) into ratatouille. I was cooking it up about once a week and liking it but always tasting, tweaking and re-trying. Well dollopers we now have “the one” and lucky for us the farmstands (and […]

israeli couscous salad with feta, roasted red peppers and mint

israeli couscous salad with feta, roasted red peppers & mint

My hair tells me we’ve had a reprieve from the humidity but the taste for summer salads is still going strong. Mixing Israeli couscous with feta, roasted red peppers and mint creates a  savory and refreshing flavor. As a bonus it is great warm or cold and as […]

grilled salmon with dill marinade & sauce

grilled salmon with dill marinade & sauce

Salmon and I haven’t always been friends. There was a stretch I was ordering it at restaurants near and far to try to find a “version” I liked without much success. Did my palette change, maybe.  Did I just not try the right type or recipe, […]

beet salad with goat cheese

beet & goat cheese salad

A great run of outdoor music evenings has sparked creative picnic ideas and the launch of “Picnic Picks”. Other dollop recipes such as the lime & mint marinated chicken kebabs fit in this category and now we’ll add to it beet and goat cheese salad. This vibrant […]

lime mint chicken kebab with tzatziki

lime & mint marinated chicken kebabs

Don’t you just love summer evenings and all the opportunities that come with lighter later and a nice warm breeze! Concerts in town parks, outdoor theatre, movies on the lawns, bands playing at the vineyards until twilight, sunsets at the beach, and that’s just what I […]

simple syrup in jar

1 + 1 = simple syrup

Just as the name states this is SIMple! And once it’s in your fridge you will find it so useful, especially in summer! Ice coffee, gin gin mules, salad dressing, marinades, did I mention mojitos? It adds sweetness without the grit – grit is never good even […]