Category Archives: Starters

Persian Herb Soup with Lentils, Rice and Lamb Meatballs

Since Patrick loves lamb, any lamb recipe that I come across usually gets at least a second look.  This one was particularly interesting because it was for a soup that had lentils, rice, herbs and lamb meatballs – a pot … Continue reading

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BLTA Salad with Caeser-Ish Dressing

Patrick requested a light and tasty dinner, so I decided to make some creamy dressing and toss it with a BLTA salad.  This dinner was light and delicious with a Caesar-ish dressing — although I must admit, didn’t yield many … Continue reading

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Ricotta and Beef Meatballs

This weekend I was perusing Food & Wine and came across a recipe for meatballs inspired by an amazing new Italian restaurant in Los Angeles called Bestia.  The recipe seemed pretty straightforward, and since Patrick loves meatballs, I thought it … Continue reading

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Butter Lettuce Salad with Creamy Tomato Vinaigrette

I subscribe to Food & Wine, and love their monthly salad article.  This month, they adapted a recipe from chef Tim Love at Queenie’s Steakhouse in Denton, Texas.  The dressing was so delicious, and while I changed the simple salad … Continue reading

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Mexican Slaw Salad

Not only is summer great for strawberries, but it’s also great for corn!  This recipe was born from my desire to use various veggies I bought at the farmers’ market – corn, peppers, cilantro, tomatoes.  Patrick and I liked this … Continue reading

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Moroccan Entree Salad

Given the upcoming wedding, Patrick and I are making an effort to eat healthy.  And what better way to do that than a nutritious, protein-packed salad.  This recipe is a take on a salad I have had at a restaurant … Continue reading

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Fig, Proscuitto and Arugula Pizza

Homemade pizza is always a delicious treat – and I find that the tastier the toppings, the tastier the pizza.  Patrick loves the combination of sweet and salty (emphasis on the sweet), so this is his favorite one.  Salty prosciutto … Continue reading

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Citrus Salad with a Creamy Poppy Dressing

When Patrick and I decided on our Christmas menu, we thought a simple salad would be good.  But when Patrick suggested adding something sweet to lettuce, I remembered a recipe I had snipped from Food and Wine for a citrus … Continue reading

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Wrapped and Stuffed Dates with Balsamic Reduction

For Christmas this year, Patrick and I decided to spend the day together.  A good, long hike followed by a perfect home cooked meal.  My next few posts will be the dinner (and dessert) Patrick and I made for Christmas … Continue reading

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Grandpa Julie’s Favorite Borscht

This weekend I cooked three things – two of which are favorites of various family members.  This recipe is for borscht, which is an Eastern-European cold beet soup.  It might not sound great, and if you have ever eaten the … Continue reading

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