Vanilla Shrimp…

I was inspired by the vanilla poached shrimp I had the other night, so I thought I’d try to make a version of it myself at home. Overall, pretty delicious. True to the original? No, not really. But it was still a great flavor profile to “vanillafy” the shrimp! Thanks Jackson 20!  I started with … More Vanilla Shrimp…

Back in My Kitchen…

Adjusting to cooking in another kitchen isn’t too tough if you have all the best ingredients and the basic essentials, but coming home to my kitchen is like a family reunion. All my tools are waiting for me. All the spices are in their perfect places according to my specifications. The choices of oils abound. … More Back in My Kitchen…

Popcorn

I love popcorn. I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite snack.  I am never too full for it, its crunch makes me think of so many things, from movies to people to my dogs I’ve shared it with. It soothes me. Is it weird to have an emotional attachment to popcorn?  And how my love of … More Popcorn

Cocktails and apps!

Probably my favorite kind of dinner to put together on a Friday night is just an array of appetizers! And, of course, paired with a fancy cocktail!  Last night’s drink was a pomegranate martini – vodka, triple sec and POM with a couple frozen blueberries floating about. Yum!! And potent! For the apps, I did … More Cocktails and apps!

What a match!!

    Champagne and oysters. If you don’t know, now you know. They are such a perfect pairing – the effervescent sweetness of the champagne and the briney succulence of the oyster are just heavenly together. It didn’t hurt that I had this pairing with the warm glow of a Napa sunset, dining al fresco at … More What a match!!