A Spicy Perspective

Adobo Grilled Pork with Esquite Stuffed Onions

A Granted Birthday Wish~ People often ask me where I like to eat, as if I have some magical ability to find the best restaurants. Ok…maybe I do! You could call it my secret super-hero power. (Wink, wink!) Along with the galactic ability to pull a party together in moments, I have “flavor-sonar” for sniffing […]

Hibiscus Ginger Iced Tea…and Martini

An Inspiring Find! One day in the grocery store, I strolled past an enormous pile of crispy burgundy objects. They looked like little dried sea anemones…in the produce department?! I picked one up and smelled it. To my amazement, here in this small-town store, I had found a mountain of dried hibiscus flowers! Well, I […]

Dutch Babies with Mulberry-Rhubarb Compote

A Multi-Purpose Meal~ It’s nice to find things that serve more than one purpose. Dryer sheets, for instance, are perfect for softening laundry, freshening stinky shoes and gently scenting the clothes in a packed suitcase. Coffee grounds…not only for your daily cup, but also for flavoring meat rubs and desserts, boosting your potting soil and […]

Steak with Crispy Basil

Pasta Puttanesca with New York Strips and Crispy Basil

Here is a classic BIG-flavor dish that takes a short amount of time to prepare. Pasta Puttanesca, the word puttan means worthless, or throw-away (also slang for hooker) in Italian and several other languages. The dish was named puttanesca because the ingredients were all a chef had left in his pantry one night–just the leftover […]