Summer Corn Salad

  I declared this week Salad Week in my home.  I thought I would give the oven and stove a little break since the warmer days have been keeping afternoon/early-evening temperatures a bit high in my kitchen.  I’ve prepared enough of my favorite Caesar salad dressing to last several days which actually gets more flavorful […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

  There was a time when I turned my nose up at tomato soup.  To me it was no more than watered down tomato sauce disguised as soup–not the least bit appealing. I felt the same about tomato juice. V8? I’ll pass.  I don’t recall when the turning point was, when I decided that a […]

Stir-Fried Eggplant, Mushrooms and Tomatoes

  This healthy, flavorful dish is completely unlike all the rich foods I’ve indulged in all week.  It’s as if a switch turned on inside me, sparking an insatiable hunger for only rich, heavy foods.  In short, I’ve been an eating machine.  I made a large batch of chicken adobo earlier this week and I’ve […]

Remembering Capri with a Plate of Spaghetti

My fifth wedding anniversary is in a month so our honeymoon has been on my mind.  After getting married on Kauai, we spent almost a month in Europe.  We had so much fun!  Geared up with a small suitcase and a backpack each, my husband and I spent a week with friends in Ireland then […]

Tomato and Eggplant Gratin

  Roasted eggplants and roasted tomatoes both appear regularly at our dinner table, but I’ve never tried preparing them together.  The funny thing is, I actually use the same base ingredients to marinate them–olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs, garlic–but it never occurred to me to combine the two.  This is what makes cookbooks so fun […]