Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Easy to make and so now there’s never a reason to buy that stuff in the bag anymore! Ingredients 7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut, toasted 1 recipe Homemade Marshmallow batter, recipe follows Confectioners’ sugar Directions Sprinkle half the toasted coconut in an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal pan. Pour in the marshmallow batter and smooth the […]

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Adapted from Great Food Fast, a great little cookbook from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living. Try to find asparagus spears that are straight, and of uniform width. Makes one tart that serves 4-6 people for lunch, with a side salad or bowl of soup. 1 sheet frozen puff pastry 1-1/2 cups gruyere, Emmental or […]

Mucha Cerveza Marinade

Another yummy steak marinade. . . ribeye for me, please. 1 bottle (8 ounces) dark Mexican beer 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1 medium-size onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 to 2 (four for Mike) jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped (again — for Mike, leave the seeds in) 1/4 c. chopped cilantro […]

Bourbon Soy Marinade

Beef and bourbon . . . perfecto. Loved this with ribeye steak.  But then I love anything with ribeye steak!   1 cup bourbon 1 cup soy sauce 3 T. dark sesame oil 2 T. sugar 2 cloves garlic 1 T. minced, peeled, fresh ginger In a bowl, combine the bourbon, soy sauce, sesame oil, […]

Cucumber and Feta Dip

This is kind of like a pureed Greek salad (my fave) . . . extremely yummy on crackers and bread. Ingredients: 6 ounces feta cheese, drained and crumbled (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced (about 1 cup) 2 T. chopped sweet onion or green onions 1 clove garlic, minced 1 […]

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

My mom introduced me to Trader Joe’s panna cotta that you can find in the frozen dessert section. It has a peach and blueberry sauce, and it is really super delicious. One of the downsides is that it takes a couple of hours to defrost. And the other is that it’s next to impossible to […]

S’More Pops

Simple, easy, fun, and cheap to make! Ingredients: 1 bag large marshmallows 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips, or dress these up with fancier chocolate like Scharffenberger or Valhrona. 1 package graham crackers (honey grahams, plain or cinnamon). Use around 9 of the graham crackers, or buy graham cracker crumbs. lollipop sticks (available at Michael’s Craft […]

Potato Salad with Tarragon and Shallots

My favorite potato salad and the easiest one EVAH!!! SERVES 6 – 8. 2 lbs. fingerling potatoes, halved 3 tbsp. vinegar 1 shallot, peeled and minced 3 tbsp. fresh tarragon, chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper 3–4 tbsp. mayonnaise 1. Boil fingerling potatoes in a large pot of salted water over high heat until tender, […]