Mexican Style Shakshuka

Mexican Style Shakshuka

I recently discovered Shakshuka when my daughter-in-law introduced it to me at a family brunch. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, onions and often cumin. It is believed to have originated in North Africa. I wanted to try Shakshuka with a "Mexican twist" inspired by my father's favorite breakfast of Huevos Rancheros. INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 shallots chopped 2 - 3 colorful sweet peppers sliced thinly or chopped (or a mix) 2 - 3 shishito peppers 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon ground…
My Collage Project

My Collage Project

The new and improved cottage in the Hamptons is getting close to being finished. Now comes the fun part of decorating it! Last summer I worked on a collage project, hoping to end up with a few things we could hang on the walls. I normally tend to work in a realistic manner, which can get too tight at times. Collage frees me up to be able to work looser. I did an earlier post on this, but the time has come to frame these now. For these collages I used Arches watercolor…
Some Delicious Salad Ideas

Some Delicious Salad Ideas

I like to have at least one big salad meal a day whenever possible.  The recommended amount of vegetables we should all consume a day is 2 1/2 - 3 cups. If you plan one meal each day that is based on a salad you can get all of that (and more) in one meal! It is sometimes difficult to think of interesting salad ideas besides the typical lettuce and tomato version. It's a good idea to base your salad on whatever vegetables are fresh and local at the markets. Also try to think…
Polenta Cakes with Vegetables, Bocconcini & Basil

Polenta Cakes with Vegetables, Bocconcini & Basil

Polenta is a nice side dish to many meals, and with additional ingredients added it can be a delicious vegetarian main dish too. It is made by boiling cornmeal until it is thick like porridge. You can eat it directly after cooking it with a little olive oil or butter and seasoning, or you can bake, fry or grill it. To make these polenta cakes you simply boil the cornmeal first and then spread it with a spatula into an oiled pan (about 1/2" thick). Set it into the fridge to set for…
Colorful Fingerling Potato Salad

Colorful Fingerling Potato Salad

I wanted to make a potato salad for Labor Day with a slightly different twist. The main ingredients are usually potatoes, celery, hard boiled eggs and mayonnaise. I find this version a little boring and I love to add color to my dishes. So I chopped red and yellow peppers, red onions and red cabbage instead of the celery for crunch. (about 1/3 cup of each chopped) Fresh minced oregano adds a nice garden flavor too. I decided to use fingerling potatoes to change it up a bit. I cut them in lengthwise…