Cooking Tidbits – Watermelons

Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits. It is synonymous with summer and family barbecues. It’s not only delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day but there are numerous health benefits. The seedless varieties  with deep red fruit have more of the antioxidant lycopene. There is also a big difference in taste too. … Continue reading

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Basil

This salad just says Spring. Cucumbers and radishes are a popular twosome that only requires some fresh herbs and a light dressing. I like to use English cukes and then vary the radishes when I can find them. I have discovered that it is better to grow your own radishes to get the many varieties … Continue reading

Arugula, Cheddar and Cherry Salad With A Light Dressing

A light and refreshing salad was served alongside pot pies we made during a 4 hour full participation baking class at Zingerman’s Bakehouse. It was perfect with the peppery arugula, Vermont cheddar, Granny Smith apples and dressed in a light cider vinegar/extra virgin olive oil dressing. They called it their “Fall On Me” Salad”! When … Continue reading

Za-atar Chicken Cutlets and Lemon-Parsley Salad

What a delightful and tasty salad  and one I enjoyed a few times. When I am trying new ingredients I often will cut a recipe in half, or even thirds, just in case I don’t like it. No problem with this recipe – the chicken was so flavorful with a  za’atar/Aleppo pepper/flour mixture rubbed on … Continue reading

Bang-bang Chicken Salad from Sichuan Province

How about starting the New Year with a chicken salad that has a “bang” to it. This chicken is a well-known Sichuan dish and the name means “chicken beaten with a wooden stick”. A theory is if you beat the poached chicken it will expose the fibers in the breast meat so they can absorb … Continue reading

Creamy Basil Dressing

Basil season is over here in Michigan and what better way to use this flavorful herb than in a vinaigrette. Saying goodbye to summer… Linking to Angie’s party and the two co-hosts Petra @ Food Eat Love and Vanitha @ Curry and Vanilla I served this salad with a Paradiso Reserve, Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza… … Continue reading

Limoncello Vinaigrette

I seem to be on a roll using Limoncello in recipes – I guess you can tell I just love it. This vinaigrette is a perfect combination of sweet (Limoncello), tart (lemon juice and zest) and fiery (red pepper flakes). This recipe from Genius Kitchen would also be delicious with seafood. I served this fresh … Continue reading

Parmigiano Reggiano Cooking Class

Yes, a cooking class where the “star” ingredient was Parmigiano Reggiano.  When I received an email from Zingerman’s Bakehouse about this upcoming class I signed up right away. There are only 12 students per class so you have to respond quickly to get a spot. Parmigiano Reggiano is my favorite cheese above all others and … Continue reading