Archives for March 2013

Italian Easter Bread

Italian Easter Bread by Elaine McCardel of The Italian Dish 1 1/4 cups of milk 1/3 cup butter 1 pkg. Rapid rise instant yeast (about 2 1/4 teas.) pinch of salt 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup sugar 3 1/2 cups of flour 1 egg, beaten with 1 tea. of water Sprinkles or pearl sugar for decoration 6 … [Read more...]

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!

Buona Pasqua!  Happy Easter! Easter has always been a special time for my family and me.  As an Italian American kid, Easter had been greeted with great expectation because I was completing my Lenten fast of meatless Fridays and no candy for 40 days.  On Easter morning my family and I would get … [Read more...]

Orange Baked Ham

Orange Baked Ham Recipe from the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten 1 (5 to 8 pound) fully cooked, spiral-cut smoked ham on the bone 3 cloves of garlic 4 1/2 oz. orange marmalade 1/4 cup dijon mustard 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed Zest from 1/2 orange 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Red and Yellow Bell Peppers and Chives

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Red and Yellow Bell Peppers and Chives 2 bunches of medium sized asparagus, cleaned and ends trimmed off 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, cored and seeds removed, then sliced into long thin strips about 1/2 inch wide or less 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced into 1/2 inch … [Read more...]

Baked Easter Brunch Eggs

Baked Easter Brunch Eggs 8 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces Extra virgin olive oil 4 hearty slices of french bread, buttered on one side 1 clove of garlic, minced 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped 1 medium size zucchini, coarsely grated 1/2 red bell pepper, diced into 1/2 inch … [Read more...]

Avocados! Aguacate!

Avocados!  Aguacate! Who doesn’t like avocados?!  What’s not to like?!  They are delicious on everything...eggs, enchiladas, salad...mushed up and scooped up on a chip.  I love guacamole.  As a California native, I have enjoyed avocados my whole life.   This time of year, I go visit my neighbor … [Read more...]

Poached Shrimp with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Poached Shrimp with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad 4 whole jumbo shrimp (with shells still on…the head optional!) ½ teaspoon whole peppercorns ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 bay leaf ½ teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning ½ lemon, cut into wedges water 1 Hass avocado, diced 1 sweet grapefruit ½ red bell … [Read more...]

Avocado and Trio of Orange Salad with Blood Orange and Thyme Dressing

Avocado and Trio of Orange Salad with Blood Orange and Thyme Dressing 1 Hass Avocado 1 Cara Cara Orange (or any variety of sweet oranges) 2 Blood Oranges 1 Kumquat Baby pea shoots 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, Tuscan variety 2 Tablespoons of juice from one of the blood oranges 1 … [Read more...]

On a Quest for Artichokes!

On a Quest for Artichokes! Earlier this week, my friend Sue and I decided to go on a road trip to Monterey County.  What possessed two women to drive 55 miles, over the Santa Cruz Mountains, and down highway 1 to Castroville?  Artichokes! This sleepy coastal town prides itself in growing the most … [Read more...]

Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Aioli and Dill

Grilled artichokes  with Lemon Aioli and Dill 2 Jumbo Green Globe Artichokes juice of 1/2 lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil coarse sea salt Clean and wash the artichokes well.  Steam artichokes in a covered pot with 2 inches of water with lemon juice until when a fork is inserted it comes out … [Read more...]