Seasonal Summer Platter with Potato Salad

Seasonal Summer Platter with Potato Salad

Summer is the time for salads! Fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits are at their peak and are readily available at produce stands and at the markets. This time of year I like to try to come up with different combinations of vegetables & fruits. Salads are so light and refreshing on a warm summer day so they make the perfect meal (or side dish to barbecue) When I think of summer, these are some of my favorites....tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, corn, red potatoes, radishes, blueberries, nectarines and fresh herbs. I associate this particular…
Brioche French Toast With Summer Fruits & Lemon Ricotta

Brioche French Toast With Summer Fruits & Lemon Ricotta

French toast is one of those things I always forget to make, but it is really so delicious and easy!  I tend to choose waffles, or pancakes for a special breakfast, but my husband loves French toast because his mother used to make it for him, so I decided to give it a try again. I added fresh fruit and lemon ricotta as a topping to mine. They both add nutritional value and color to the meal. Fresh fruit is a healthy choice and the eggs & ricotta are both a good source…
Cold Noodle Salad Bowls

Cold Noodle Salad Bowls

I like to eat lighter and fresher in the summer, so cold food is so appealing to me on a hot day.  I recently came across a spread in: Bon Appetit Magazine (o6/17) Healthyish about Cold Noodle Salads and how to make them, so I decided to give it a try. They are very simple to put together and you can use your imagination as to how you want to assemble yours. The important thing is you need to have on hand certain ingredients to give them that Asian flair. Here is a list of…
Savory Summer Dutch Baby

Savory Summer Dutch Baby

A Dutch Baby is so much easier to make than it looks. It is light, eggy and delicious and looks very impressive, yet it takes only a few simple ingredients! I would describe it as a mix between a popover and a frittata.  The secret is in the hot skillet, the hot butter and a hot oven! It is the perfect dish to serve for a leisurely brunch because some of the fun is in the process and seeing the beautiful result of such a simple recipe. Often you see a Dutch Baby…
Summer Crab Cakes with Sriracha Aioli & Peach Slaw

Summer Crab Cakes with Sriracha Aioli & Peach Slaw

One of my favorite things to order at a restaurant in the summer is crab cakes.  In fact, I judge the quality of a restaurant by how they make their crab cakes! They have to be full of lump crab meat with not much filler, crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside. It's even better if they are served with some type of slaw or chutney on the side. Yum, I get hungry just thinking about these!  So I decided to make these for my husband's birthday because he…