Steak Salad with Mint-Scallion Dressing

  The tart I plan to take to my family’s Easter gathering is now setting in the refrigerator.  There will be plenty of time in the morning for the finishing touches before Easter service then heading to my aunt’s home.  Putting the dessert together was easy–the bulk of my time was spent trying to find […]

Noodles with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette (and a Visit to Death Valley)

  We’ve just returned from a quick trip to Death Valley National Park.  At 282 feet below sea level, the park has the distinction of having the lowest elevation on the continent and is also widely known for its extreme weather conditions, scorching in the summer with temperatures in the 120’s (F).  Most Americans stay […]

Mixed Green Salad with Nectarine-Blueberry Vinaigrette

  Salads reign supreme in my kitchen these days.  Who wants to slave over a stove for a meal when it would mean a sweltering kitchen for the remainder of the evening?  I don’t have the luxury of central air conditioning and have a home framed by windows and skylights so keeping indoor temperatures slightly […]

Arugula Salad with Apricot-Mint Vinaigrette

  Time flies when you’re having fun… …and also when you’re just plain busy.  Where have the days gone?  There’s been greater demand for my time at work recently, leaving not much motivation to work on a blog post in the evening.  I’ve been squeezing in the bike rides and runs, too, so blogging has […]

Pan Bagnat

  This sandwich almost didn’t happen.  You see, it almost cost me the tip of my finger.  Well, the jury is still out on the last part but at least my doctor said this morning that I wouldn’t need stitches.  This is what I get for underestimating a mandoline.     I wanted perfectly thin, […]

Seared Ahi, Mizuna, Green Mango and Avocado Salad

I couldn’t let this year close without one more post.  I am still on vacation–will be ringing in 2012 on the beach.  I just wanted a chance to thank you for keeping me company here and for making 2011 such a fun blogging year–I’m looking forward to sharing more delicious times with you! I have […]

Asian-Style Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette

  After a seemingly long winter and a half-hearted spring, summer is finally here.  This means that the sun will once again shine outside my office, luring me to more fun activities as I sit in a chilly, air conditioned room.  I hope that somewhere in my job description is listed daydreaming for I find myself […]