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 […]

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 […]