Dungeness Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce

It’s Dungeness crab season — and with crab as low as $4.49/lb. it’s hard not to want to make these every night.  I learned a trick from Mark last Christmas when we made these at Mary’s.  I was carefully patting the mixture into what I thought was even little servings, and Mark was packing the […]

Butterflied Pork Loin with Fennel Sausage

Look for a large boneless pork loin — in one piece — (not a tenderloin) with generous marbling and a nice cap of fat on the top for the moistest meat. There’s a long set of instructions below explaining how to butterfly the roast — we cheated. Just ask the butcher to butterfly it for […]

Summer Pasta with Tomatoes, Parsley and Garlic

This perfect taste of summer is ready in the time it takes to cook pasta al dente. I would like to say that you should ONLY make this when summer tomatoes are ripe, but the reality is that I’ve made this with Trader Joe’s little tomatoes quite a few times in the winter when I’m […]

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Spicy Cucumber Salsa

Serves 8 Ingredients 1 tablespoon each whole coriander, cumin, dill, and yellow-mustard seeds 2 tablespoons whole fennel seeds 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1 whole four-pound side of salmon, skin on, small bones and excess fat removed Olive oil Spicy Cucumber Salsa (recipe below) Directions 1.Combine all seeds […]

Shrimp Cakes with Chili-Lime Cream Sauce

Here you go, Mike.  If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life (AND if shrimp didn’t have so much cholesterol), I would be happy to just eat these! Shrimp Cakes 16 uncooked large shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled, deveined 1 large egg 1 green onion, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon […]

Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Lasagne

Active time: 1 1/2 hr Start to finish: 2 1/2 hr  For squash filling 1 large onion, chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 4 teaspoons chopped fresh sage […]

Annie Somerville’s Macaroni and Cheese

Delish!  The herb-infused sauce is delicious! from Everyday Greens by Annie Somerville of “Greens” Serves 6 to 8 Garlic bread crumbs, about 1 cup (recipe follows) 1 qt. milk ½ c. heavy cream ½ large yellow onion, chopped, about 1 cup 2 garlic cloves, smashed with the flat side of a knife, skin left on […]

Mushroom and Asparagus Shepherd’s Pie

This is my all-time favorite comfort food dinner. The recipe calls for bacon, but for those TRUE vegetarian family members, I make this all the time WITHOUT the bacon.  Trisha 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 c. vegetable or chicken stock 2/3 c. sherry 4 T. butter 4 t. butter, softened, mashed with 4 t. flour […]

Hazelnut and Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Syrah Reduction Sauce

Serves 6 2 T. chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1 T. black peppercorns 2 ½ lbs. beef tenderloin or 6 filets Salt 2 T. extra virgin olive oil Syrah Reduction Sauce (recipe follows) Mix the chopped hazelnuts and the peppercorns together in a blow.  Rub the whole tenderloin with the mixture, pressing it gently into the beef.  […]

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Tarragon-Mustard Sauce

Serves 6 6 whole chicken breasts (10 to 12 oz. each) 3 T. olive oil Salt and pepper Tarragon-Mustard Sauce (recipe follows). Brush the chicken breasts with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Using a grill or stovetop grill pan, grill the breasts over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.  […]