Numero Uno Cheese Straws

Super fast to make — super yummy to nosh on. This is my #1 go-to-recipe for cheese straws, and I ALWAYS make a double batch.   1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces 3/4 cup flour, plus […]

Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Creamy Parmesan Dressing adapted from Rancho La Puerta: Cooking with the Seasons 1 medium shallot 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 cup nonfat yogurt 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil 2 tablespoons fresh liime juice 1 tablespoons chopped from oregano leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried oregano) 2 teaspoons fresh […]

Broccoli Beef in Black Bean Sauce

Oh my gosh! I had this for dinner last night and lunch today — easy to make and so full of flavor! My local grocery store had small packages of carne asada beef — $2.12, and I made half of the recipe below and had enough for two meals along with some jasmine coconut rice. I […]

Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate

I made these for bridge on Friday night. I played two tables, and then got up to get some water and a snack (as in the form of a cookie I’d made) — and the only thing left on the plate was a a couple of crumbs. I suppose you could say, “Well, these people […]

Better Than PF Chang’s Minced Chicken and Pine Nuts in Lettuce Cups

Oh my gosh! Oh my GOSH! OH MY GOSH!!! I have been a PF Chang’s Lettuce Cup fanatic FOREVER! But you know that little Chinese restaurant near Mom’s house — the one just off Mission Blvd? Their Minced Chicken and pine nutsin Lettuce Cups are EVEN BETTER! I’ve written to them begging for the recipe […]

Parmesan and Gruyere Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws I think I must have southern blood in me — how else can I explain my lifelong search for the perfect fried chicken or the ultimate cheese straw? Love these!!!! Makes: 22 to 24 cheese straws Ingredients 2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farm), defrosted overnight in the refrigerator […]

Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Dried Fruit, Toasted Almonds and Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette Makes 5 cups 3 Tbs. raisins (preferably a mix of dark and golden) 2 Tbs. dried apricots, thinly sliced 1 cup red or white quinoa, rinsed well Kosher salt 1 large lemon 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 tsp. ground coriander 1/4 tsp. […]

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Yes.  I fully understand that the Christmas cookie season is over.  But it’s always the season for a delicious cookie, and this is one of those.  My mom used to make an angel food cake (which I never like, Mom — sorry) with an orange glaze that she poured over the top which I absolutely […]