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plate of pimento cheese tomato pie

Pimento Cheese Tomato Pie

September 20, 2022

plate of pimento cheese tomato pie

Until I tested this recipe, I had never had tomato pie. It’s apparently a southern thing, but I missed class that day. Countless versions exist in the vast online recipe wilderness. At last, I decided to fly bind and create something I would like to enjoy and serve guests. My goal was a marriage between pimento cheese and a savory tart with shortbread crust, using the last of the local tomatoes. Here is my version. Continue reading

plate of salmo with cucunber corn salsa

Salmon with Cucumber Corn Salsa

September 6, 2022

plate of salmo with cucunber corn salsa

 

Simple is best. A nice piece of fish, prepared well, with summer’s bounty of local vegetables : that’s a perfect meal. Today’s recipe honors the last of  fresh corn season. Virginia sweet corn is starting to peter out, but fortunately colorful autumn fruits and vegetables are taking its place at the stands. Continue reading

platter of summer veggie shrimp cups

Summer Veggie Shrimp Cups

Summer Veggie Shrimp Cups

august 24, 2022

platter of summer veggie shrimp cups

 

Eating light and cooking minimally go together well. This recipe for shrimp and summer vegetable lettuce cups is colorful, light, easy and versatile as appetizer or entree. You can also customize for spicy heat, types of vegetables and different proteins. Use this as your summer template. Continue reading

overhead view turkey meatballs

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

june 14, 2022

overhead view slow cooker turkey meatballs

Do you use your slow cooker only when the weather is chilly? Until recently, I believed this as gospel. On the contrary, the best use may be in warmer months when you want a hot dinner without cranking up the stove. Load it up, walk away, then return to a nourishing meal with minimal effort. These Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs are fluffed with almond flour, not breadcrumbs, and bathed in a tangy sweet and sour tomato sauce. Continue reading

bowl of smoked salmon asparagus chowder

Smoked Salmon Asparagus Chowder

May 3, 2022

bowl of smoked salmon asparagus chowder

 

Seafood Chowder satisfies when nights are a little chilly. Pack your chowder with lots of vegetables and you’ll need only a small amount of smoked salmon for flavor. Continue reading

closeup of turkey goat cheese baked pasta

Turkey Goat Cheese Baked Pasta

march 22, 2022

closeup of turkey goat cheese baked pasta

 

Be your own personal chef with this easy pasta bake. My clients tell me how wonderful it is to pull something from the fridge already made and ready to heat. I am thrilled when I can do the same. This easy turkey tomato marinara, goat cheese and brown rice pasta dish carried me through some busy winter weeks. Continue reading

bowl of black bean nopalito soup

Black Bean Nopalito Soup

January 25, 2022

bowl of black bean nopalito soup

Soup weather is finally here. In this case, soup is a hearty meal in a bowl with southwest flavors to melt the snow. Snow ice cream would make a fine dessert to accompany this thick soup. Continue reading

serving of turkey and veggie stuffed potatoes

Turkey and Veggie Stuffed Potatoes

November 23, 2021

serving of turkey and veggie stuffed potatoes

My clients really love their stuffed potatoes. Last month they ordered six (six!) different types as their entree sides. Six different cheeses and six different aromatic profiles. Garden chives still thrive in the ground—potted herbs have mostly succumbed to cool weather trickery. Thus, my most popular stuffed potato is cream cheese with garden chives. Cheddar, fontina and parmesan make the grade, too. Continue reading

sesame shrimp burgers

Sesame Shrimp Burgers

august 4, 2021

sesame shrimp burgers

Burgers can be made from just about anything that holds together. We think of beef, turkey and black bean, but seafood makes a tasty sandwich, too. These Sesame Shrimp Burgers remind me of all the shrimp toasts I enjoyed in my student days. My Sesame Shrimp Toasts have a similar flavor and crunch from water chestnuts. Continue reading

closeup of beyond meat stuffed shells

Beyond Meat Stuffed Shells

june 15, 2021

closeup of beyond meat stuffed shells

Last week I pulled some chili from the freezer for a desperation dinner (nothing fresh and no desire for carryout). The chili had several types of beans and vegetables and Beyond Meat burger crumbles. It occurred to me that not one soul could have noted the difference between the plant based meat and the real thing. It’s that good. Continue reading