Nicoise Salad with Grilled Tuna

Nicoise Salad with Grilled Tuna

Nicoise Salad is a French salad that originated in the city of Nice. It is traditionally made with tomatoes, green beans, hard boiled eggs, olives, anchovies and fresh or canned tuna. I think it is an ideal meal to serve guests in the summer. You can arrange the ingredients separately, or create a beautiful plate or platter with everything on it. The tuna can be grilled and then added to the salad - which brings everyone outside in the summer. Basically it is a one dish meal, and served with a French baguette…
Summer Tomato Panzanella Salad

Summer Tomato Panzanella Salad

During the summer tomatoes are so abundant, ripe, juicy and beautiful! If you have a garden you know they come in fast and furious, all ripening at once. The only problem is figuring out how to use them. Here is another good recipe with tomatoes that is easy and a delicious way to use them! It is called Panzanella Salad and is a Tuscan dish using soaked stale bread, tomatoes, onions, fresh basil & parsley, peppers, cucumbers, garlic, mozzarella & capers. Ingredients for the salad: 2 - 3 cups of bread cubes (stale…
Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Croutons, Herbs, Capers & Goat Cheese

Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Croutons, Herbs, Capers & Goat Cheese

This is the time of year when tomatoes are abundant.  If you have an excess of tomatoes all coming ripe in your garden at once, you may be trying to figure out a way to use them. Yes, they are great sliced on salads and caprese style with mozzarella & basil - but roasted herb stuffed tomatoes are a wonderful way to use more than a few at a time. Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Croutons, Herbs, Capers & Goat Cheese (Preheat oven to 360 degrees) Ingredients: (serves 2 - 4 depending if used…
Chilled Crab, Asparagus & Avocado Salad

Chilled Crab, Asparagus & Avocado Salad

There is nothing more appealing to me on a hot summer day than a chilled salad for lunch or dinner.  Crab always adds that special touch to a salad, and since it is July 4th weekend I decided to make something special! I had some beautiful little cherry tomatoes still warm on the vine, and sweet peppers and lots of fresh herbs in the garden. So I decided to create a very light summery salad with those, plus asparagus, corn, shallots, avocado and lump crabmeat, all on a bed of arugula. This is…
My Love for Handmade Ceramics

My Love for Handmade Ceramics

I think I have always had a fondness for handmade pottery. Or maybe it came about by the fact that my brother, Gordon, has been making handmade ceramic tiles for over 30 years in Pt. Reyes California. He has a company called www.blueslidearttile.com  where he creates beautiful hand glazed tiles for the kitchen and bath. I have used his tiles in the bathrooms, kitchens and fireplaces in my various homes over the years.  Each time I move it is one of the most difficult things to part with! From a NYC apartment, to an…