Cherry Tomato Confit over Fresh Herbed Ricotta

I made dinner for some friends last night, and because I’m a fanatical convert to delicious homemade ricotta, I’m always looking for a way to add it to a meal.  And this is it — easy to make with all those end of summer tomatoes, and truthfully–we wanted to just eat this with a yummy […]

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 […]

Savory Palmiers

Savory Palmiers This is the appetizer I ALWAYS bring when I don’t have time to make something fancy. It’s easy-peasy, and mucho delicioso. . . and looks like I spent days making it instead of minutes. Ingredients 1 package frozen puff pastry, defrosted 1/4 cup prepared pesto, store bought or homemade (recipe follows) 1/2 cup […]

Best Party Mix Evah!

  GREAT to snack on with drinks. Glazing the nuts with spices and adding a touch of sweetness, makes this the perfect nibble before dinner with beer or a cocktail. I melt the butter in a large bowl, so I can do all the mixing in that bowl, making one less thing for me to […]

Grilled Garlic-Rubbed Bread Topped with Arugula, Lemon and Grana Padano

Makes 8 servings 1 loaf pugliese bread or como bread, sliced into 8 pieces 3/4 inch thick 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided) 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest Juice of 1/2 lemon 8 loosely packed cups arugula (large stems removed) Sea salt, medium to coarsely ground, or kosher salt 1/4 pound grana padano cheese, shaved […]

Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs

Serves 6. 12 fresh figs, cut in half 12 slices prosciutto, sliced very thin ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil Preheat oven to 350. Wrap the fig halves with the prosciutto and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 15 minutes and serve. Wine pairing:  Grenache Mark and Tony