A Spicy Perspective

Grilled Tuna and Avocado Salad

As a child I was enamored by cooking shows. You might remember my favorites. Of course, Julia Child on The French Chef. How could you not love Julia? But I also eagerly watched Wok With Yan, mostly focused on Asian stir-fries and The Cajun Cook, Justin Wilson, who seemed to shove whole garlic cloves into […]

Chai Pani’s Malabar Chicken

Chai Pani, Asheville North Carolina If you had to reinvent yourself…if your family’s future, and your personal joy, depended on a new career choice, what would you do? In the last couple years, many have had to ask themselves this question and resolved that life can be different. No, life can be BETTER than it […]

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 […]