Drum with Pico de Gallo and Lime Butter

 Drum with pico de gallo and lime butter This is a great “fusion” dish that combines a classic Tex-Mex condiment with a classical French sauce.  The combination would work with just about any seafood or even chicken.    Pico de Gallo 3 tomat Read More>>

Pesce al Cartoccio

 Pesce al Cartoccio This is a classic preparation for fish in a bag.  The French call it en pappilote but whatever you call it, call it delicious!    Ingredients: 2 TBS olive oil 2 cups fresh spinach 2 – 3 ounce filets of fish 1 clove garlic, chop Read More>>

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips A good beer batter, or tempura style batter, can be used for many things but traditional English fish and chips is one of my favorites.  It is actually easier than many people think and making it at home is very satisfying.  I hope you will give it a Read More>>


Cannoli This is a great activity/dessert for a party or just a way to have fun with the family. The cream is easy to make and then let your imagination run wild with different fillings. Cannoli Cream 2 pounds of ricotta cheese, drained 1 pound cream cheese pound mascarpone Read More>>

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers and most requested recipes.  I’ve never shared it before, but it is such a perfect dish for this time year I felt I had to.  Enjoy this on the patio with a bottle of Martin Ulisse Trebbiano d’ Abruzzo Read More>>


 Spiedini are wonderful Italian appetizers served on skewers.  The ingredients can resemble a classic shish kebab or a grilled cheese sandwich on a stick, but my all-time favorite is made with thinly sliced veal, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese.  It is simpl Read More>>

Fish Tacos

 Fish Tacos I had my first fish taco in San Diego.  It was probably one of the best meals I have ever had, not only because it was delicious, but I had just finished basic training for the Navy and it was the first “real” food I had eaten in a while.&nb Read More>>

Chicken Liver Pate

 Chicken Liver Pate This is a great appetizer for a party.  It is elegant yet remarkably easy to prepare.  It also makes a great addition to sandwiches.  Its rich flavor goes well with lunch meats and is a staple on a Vietnamese Banh Mi.  I know you Read More>>

Spinach Ravioli

 Spinach Ravioli Normally making ravioli from scratch, while not extraordinarily difficult, is a daunting task for those who haven’t done it.  This recipe has a filling made from scratch but uses wonton wrappers for the dough.  This is a handy shortcut t Read More>>

Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa

 Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa I am very fortunate to be in the Texas Hill Country right now, home to some of the best peaches this side of the Mississippi.  I just got several bushels of peaches from Mountain Home picked that morning by campers from Camp Stewar Read More>>