Mar 282013

Hummus is a classic Middle Eastern puree of chickpeas and sesame paste (tahini). Making it yourself is much better than the prepared hummus from the grocery store. And you can easily double this recipe for a bigger batch. I use a food processor, but you can easily make this dip with a blender instead. Serve […]

Mar 252013

The leeks in this risotto really makes the recipe a standout. This risotto would go very nicely with seafood! 5 cups of vegetable or chicken broth 8 ounces of trimmed leeks 2-3 cups mushrooms 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed 6 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, roughly chopped 1 3/4 cups risotto rice […]

Mar 222013
Potato Crusted Quiche

Quiche is a wonderful baked dish that’s delicious for breakfast or dinner. It can be made with about any combination of vegetables and/or meat. The crust in this recipe uses potatoes instead of traditional pastry for a yummy twist. 3 white potatoes, peeled and grated 2 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons butter, melted salt to taste […]

Mar 202013
Pineapple Cheeseball

My friends and I got together recently and had a retro themed dinner party!  It was lots of fun…we ate mashed potatoes and meatloaf, pigs in a blanket, stuffed celery, etc.  You get the picture. I brought a cheeseball because you can’t have a retro party without a cheeseball.  I like this version with the […]

Mar 132013
Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

My husband’s two favorite desserts are cookie dough and cheesecake. This dessert is the perfect solution…you get both!  It’s a thin layer of cheesecake topped with a crunchy chocolate chip cookie.  It’s the perfect amount of each. For the Crust 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 […]

Mar 112013

1 cup orzo pasta 2 ½ cups chicken stock 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated Salt and pepper, to taste Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Once it melts add the orzo and cook Stirring constantly for about 3 to 4 minutes or until it […]