"leftover" chicken salad

“leftover” chicken salad

It seems, more often then not, after roasting a chicken (or buying a rotisserie chicken) for dinner there are leftovers and, if you’re anything like the eaters I know, reheated chicken is not tempting them. Sure, you can slice it up over greens with a little dressing or shred it […]

gazpacho seville

gazpacho with a seville twist

We can’t give up on summer just yet! The farm stands (CSAs, supermarkets, corner delis, take your pick) are overflowing with ripe, red, delicious tomatoes and sure, we could make sauce and do other tomato preservations but lets save those recipes for a few weeks. The […]

Charissa chicken grilled

charissa chicken

Fashionably late is how I usually arrive (or at least that’s what I like to think) but I’m arriving later than that to the cHarissa party. If you’re like me and are asking yourself “Cha-ri” what? Here’s the scoop, cHarissa is a Moroccan spice rub. It’s a blend of cumin […]

grilled potato salad

grilled potato salad

Potato salad isn’t something I make often, or crave if we’re being honest, but after making this version I know I’ll be trying it again and creating lots of variations. Grilled potatoes, parsley, crumbled bacon, sautéed shallots and a dijon vinaigrette combine to create a delicious salad. It’s […]



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 […]

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 […]

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 […]