One of my greatest pleasures is cooking with my Dad. People often ask me if I learned to cook from my Mom, but the truth is both of my parents are amazing cooks and our family gathers often include us sitting around the kitchen, with a good bottle of wine, cooking and catching up. My Dad loves to smoke brisket and is always manning the smoker when we have important […] Read Full Post
This is my way of heading to the tropics without ever leaving home and it’s my favorite summer appetizer (and sometimes I have it for dinner, just for myself). Crispy coconut shrimp, flash fried until it’s brown and caramelized on the outside, tender and fresh inside. I pile them up high around a colorful platter, then serve it with fresh pineapple salsa. Your guests will love it, or if you’re […] Read Full Post
Summer is officially here and I can’t imagine a better reason to mix up a fruit infused cocktail or chill a bottle of wine and invite friends over. I wanted to share some entertaining tips on how I set up my summer bar. The most stressful part of entertaining is the idea of running around catering to your friends and not being able to enjoy the party yourself. I set […] Read Full Post
In honor of National Negroni Week, I asked Susie O from her popular blog Susie Drinks to join me at the bar for some Campari inspired cocktails. She made this incredible watermelon infused gin for a refreshing summer take on the classic Negroni. It’s slightly bitter, a little sweet and super refreshing on hot summer days.
I met Susie several years ago when I was the Entertainment Reporter for the […] Read Full Post
Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
1 full rack prime cut back ribs
1 cup favorite BBQ Sauce
2 tbsp Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup beef broth
Place the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, Tabasco and beef broth in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Add the ribs and set the slow cooker to high. Cook for 3 hours, then open and stir, to make […] Read Full Post
Tomatoes are at peak freshness during the hot summer months, so make them the star of your next BBQ with this simple Italian salad. Warm angry croutons are perfect for soaking up the salad dressing and the juices from the ripe tomatoes.
Panzanella – Italian Ripe Tomato Salad
1 lb ripe tomatoes (cherry, cut in half, or heirloom cubed into inch wide pieces)
1 lb Persian cucumbers, cut into one […] Read Full Post
If you watch any of my recipes, you know how much I love to add fresh herbs to any dish, whether it is a salad or a pot roast. Parsley, basil, dill, chives, they liven up any meal and add a bright burst of flavor. And with summer around the corner, I wanted to share my quick tips for washing, chopping and storing fresh herbs.
Wash all of your herbs […] Read Full Post
One of the healthiest, and easiest dinners you can make is a quick stir fry of chicken and vegetables. Here is how I make it in less than 30 minutes.
Chicken Teriyaki and Stir Fry Vegetables
4 Chicken Breasts, marinated overnight in a premade teriyaki, I used this teriyaki
1 cup broccoli florets, trimmed
1 cup red bell pepper, cut into one inch pieces
1 cup zucchini, cut into one […] Read Full Post