Middle Eastern Feast

Eating healthy with vegetarian middle eastern dishes is easy. Sunday supper with the bounty of our family garden and and a few extras.  Fattoush salad with garden tomatoes, parsley and mint tossed with mixed greens, toasted pita and tahini dressing.  Kasseri cheese and oil cured olives.GF My mom’s favorite cucumber salad.GF Recipe to follow…. Homemade falafel and green beans with onions and shatta round out the feast.GF Vegetarian is so refreshing on a hot summer night! Helen’s Cucumber Salad 2 cups thinly sliced cucumbers 1 tsp. Salt 1/2 red (or yellow)sweet onion, sliced thin 1/2 cup greek yogurt or labne … Continue reading Middle Eastern Feast

Local sources

Great finds today @portcityproduce2 and @seaviewcrabcompany just up the road from me in little old Wilmington, N.C..  Burgundy okra roasted in bacon fat was crispy and fun to eat. Black sea bass from my favorite fish monger, broiled with a lightly browned butter sauce was flaky and moist.  Tri-color quinoa with spring onions rounded out the meal. Local is ALWAYS best! Continue reading Local sources

Vegas Whirlwind, part 2

What can you do in 24 hours in Las Vegas? Visit downtown Vegas on Fremont street where the slots and tables are looser than the strip. Get a massage at the El Cortez for 1/2 the price of the big spas. Check in at Caesar’s Palace for an Anniversary night stay courtesy of my wonderful daughter. Gamble  a bit more than we should. Enjoy a fantastic French dinner at Bouchon Restaurant at the Venetian Hotel with complementary champagne to toast the occasion. Look into my husband’s eyes and see 30 years of our lives…Feel blessed. .. Continue reading Vegas Whirlwind, part 2

Chopped at Home Challenge, Round Two

It’s time to vote for a Round 2 favorite in the Chopped at Home Challenge sponsored by Sargento Cheese.  The Round 2 category is MEXICAN…Ole’!  My close friends and family know that I’ve had a love affair with Mexico ever since I lived there during my college years.  That is true. However, the inspiration for my entry is actually a dish from El Azteco, an East Lansing eatery that any true MSU Spartan knows well.  My recipe, Chicken Enchiladas Suizas with Poblano Crema is an homage to one of my favorite dishes at El Azteco.  This layered, cheesy, creamy chicken … Continue reading Chopped at Home Challenge, Round Two

High “Steaks” at Red Rock

Having a blast with family in Las Vegas and livin’ large in Summerlin.  An afternoon of gambling gave way to an awesome dinner at T-Bones at Red Rock Casino.   The beautiful entryway belies the extravagance within!   A seafood tower of epic proportions whets our appetites for the main event.   Awesome! A 42 oz. bone-in T-bone steak a la Fred Flintstone is a real eye popper.   OMG!      Roasted veggies and a wonderful bread basket with house made goodies enhance our experience.   A big thank you to my dear cousin, Mike for showing us the real Vegas….. Continue reading High “Steaks” at Red Rock