Chilled scallop ceviche is brightened with heirloom cherry tomatoes, onion, cilantro and key lime. I used fresh, plump scallops that I quickly seared, then transferred into a tangy and spicy "marinade".
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Making pasta sauce doesn't have to take hours or be difficult. I prepared a flavorful, gourmet tomato sauce combining freshly picked San Marzano tomatoes, leeks, fresh morel mushrooms and a red Thai chile with very little effort.
Kids love peanut butter, so I baked peanut butter cookies. We topped them with melty marshmallows and covered them with peanut crumb topping.
This is an upscale version of traditional "moules frites", Belgian bistro-style mussels and fries. I substituted clams for mussels and sweet potato fries for regular French fries.
Ultay pultay is what my father-in-law (I call him "Daddy"), who's a vegetarian, considers a festive dish. This dish is composed of firmly pressed chickpea thin pancakes soaked in spicy gravy.
This dessert might look complicated, but trust me, it took me all of 20 minutes tops to assemble it. It's an egg-free, no-bake blueberry cheesecake. I still had a couple of jars of Meyer lemon marmalade from last season and I julienned the lemon rind
Here's a gluten-free dish that won't leave you missing bread or pasta. I pan-fried pre-cooked basil and herb polenta medallions, then topped them with caramelized onions, turkey, eggplants and a small piece of goat cheese.
I prepared the flavored butter with artichoke hearts, a bit of sea salt, fresh basil leaves and lemon. It has a brightness to it that works well in almost any savory application. I'm planning on using the butter with a salt and pepper crusted steak
Making this delicate confection is very time-consuming but so rewarding. I'm not as good at it as I would love for them to rise a bit more in volume, but the meringue still looks decent and the taste is there.
I used readily-rolled almond cookie dough that I simply popped in the oven for 10 minutes, rotated the tray, pressed them to create a cavity and continue baking them for exactly an additional 8 minutes.
I learned this dish from Mina, my husband's cousin. It's called "Taj kebab" and if you like meat and potato as much as I do, you will love this one. This potato dish consists of layers of spiced ground beef, potatoes, and tomatoes.
To celebrate our first crop of Persian cucumbers, I prepared a chilled noodle salad. I used soba noodles, a variety of fresh vegetables, flavorful peanut sauce, fresh mint (again from our prolific garden) and dill.
Bánh bao literally translates to "cakes that wraps something" in Vietnamese. The dough is made of flour, milk, sugar and a hint of oil. Once the dough rises, it's formed in the desired shape, usually presented as dumplings.
Whenever I prepare duck meat, I try to add a lot of spices to attenuate the strong gamey flavor. The spice mixture I used in this recipe is a combination of dried red chilies, fresh oregano, cumin seeds, a cinnamon stick, star anise and fried onions
I made horchata cookies with queso fresco and incorporated sweetened condensed milk, almonds, rice flour and cinnamon. I didn't stop there and topped the moist cookies with cinnamon and crema Mexicana sour cream icing.
The key to creating this grilled vegetable terrine is to make sure the layers of flavors are tightly packed to showcase the colorful display. I garnished the terrine with shredded red oak leaf lettuce, diced avocado and crumbled queso fresco.
Tostadas are deep-fried corn tortilla presented in the form of a flat, open-faced sandwich. I made a slightly smaller version in the form of appetizers, called tostaditas. You can fill them with anything you like; I played with different textures.
I used the leftover beef and gravy and added frozen peas and carrots and prepared a pot pie. I used store-bought puff pastry and made pot pies. The flakiness from the crust and the creamy filling make the most delicious meal.
I settled on savory cookies flavored with Dubliner cheese for appetizers. A bit of cottage cheese serves as the "glue" of the whole appetizer, and the crab topping finishes the elegant bite-sized snack.
The recipe is ultra easy. I paired the sweet potato pancakes with chicken scallopini and "fine-herbes" flavored cream cheese and pineapple relish on the side. I often make these sweet potato pancakes for Thanksgiving and serve them with poultry.
I tossed hakka noodles (vegetarian wheat noodles made without eggs) with mock ground meat, julienned carrots, bell peppers and yellow onions. I served them at room temperature in lettuce cups and added sweet potato shoestrings as a crunchy garnish.
As long as you have lemon curd and wonton wrappers, the preparation for this elegant dessert will take no time. Whipped cream is folded in lemon curd so the mousse is light and airy and filled it in the shaped and baked wonton cups.
Here's a recipe for an inexpensive, super easy and delicious snack. Kale chips are nutritious and low in calories with fewer than 50 calories per serving. I flavored the chips with Indian spices and Meyer lemon zest.
The filling for wontons consists of carrots, tofu, chestnuts, green onions, wood ear mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms. I also made a simple broth to let the flavorful vegetarian dumplings be the shining stars.
To kickoff our week of SF-friendly Super Bowl foods, here's a combination of California rolls (avocado crab cucumber) and tuna (freshly caught by our neighbor Tom) and salmon sushi. It's easy; all you need is fresh ingredients and ready-cooked rice.
Chicken kebabs are both healthy and nutritious. The poultry is mixed with garbanzo beans and seasoned with Indian spices. I usually make this recipe when I have leftover chicken....
Fish can seem challenging to make at home but, Salmon Teryiaki is an ultra-easy recipe. All you need to do is ask your fishmonger to prep the salmon in advance for you. I made a teriyaki-inspired glaze to go with...
My sis-in-law, Sunny, was in pain with her new braces. The poor thing couldn't chew solid foods. I had to make her something that wouldn't cause any pain, and after looking through the pantry I decided to make her a...