Oven Roasted Salmon with Tarator Sauce

Oven Roasted Salmon with Tarator Sauce

At the tail-end of the holidays, my ladies and I throw a book exchange party and I make dinner. Unfortunately around that time, everyone’s pants are getting a bit snug from weeks of turkey, mashed potatoes, cookies, appetizers, and cocktails, so I try to make...
Italian Sausage and Clams

Italian Sausage and Clams

Clams! I love all types of seafood, but when they are sweet, small and cooked to perfection, clams ring out at the top. My love affair with the clam started in Cascias, Portugal, where I broke my own rule of photographing a meal in public. Two nights later, I skipped...
Spanish Roasted Almonds

Spanish Roasted Almonds

Roasted almonds are the best snack ever, but store bought ones tend to be salty and dry. Making them at home is remarkably quick and gratifying. These almonds are yummy for any occasion. I keep some in a dish on my kitchen counter year-round, and everyone loves them. ...
Pork Loin with Apples and Fennel

Pork Loin with Apples and Fennel

This roast pork loin can served hot or at room temperature. One big misconception of dinner is that it always needs to be piping hot.  Room temp food can often taste better, as the flavors and juices have time to become more fragrant.  I like to make a larger quantity...
Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers make most things taste better.  It is worth the extra money to buy peppers that have a thick wall, as the cheaper thinner ones will not yield as much of the roasted meaty pepper. I throw ours directly on the low flame of our gas stove as they come...
Coriander and Lemon Chicken

Coriander and Lemon Chicken

Five pounds of Coriander and Lemon Grilled Chicken Thighs disappeared last week, and it wasn’t the dog! A few neighborhood kids started a little lawn crew five years back that has now grown in size to six boys, four mowers, and many, many lawns. Sometimes at the...