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  • I am a web designer by day and a food enthusiast by night. I'm originally from the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area but moved to the west coast (first Oregon ans now California) three years ago. Prior to that I spent two years in France and Spain. Living in Europe not only made me a much more experimental cook, but also taught me about the importance of improvising in a recipe -- because on most days I could never find all of the ingredients I needed!

    I try to use fresh/seasonal market ingredients when available and I add hot peppers to pretty much everything (so watch out!). I hope you enjoy my recipes and feel free to share.

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Tzatziki is a delightfully refreshing snack perfect for sharing at a potluck or even as a topping on a salad. Here is a simple recipe that you can make either chunky or using a food processor to blend it smooth. Ingredients: 1 (8 oz) container...

by admin on November 17th, 2013
No Comments  Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings, Ethnic, Starters, Tapas & Snacks



Let’s face it — boring guacamole is, well, just plain boring. This guacamole is loaded with ingredients, giving it a well-rounded mix of flavors. My guacamole has always been a hit at parties and potlucks and people are always asking for the recipe so here...

by admin on October 20th, 2013
No Comments  Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings, Ethnic, Starters, Tapas & Snacks, Vegetarian


Faux Lemon Cheesecake Topping

When you have a leftover soft cheese, such as mascarpone, this is a great way to utilize it before its expiration date. This faux lemon cheesecake topping is great on french toast (See my recipe for saffron-infused french toast) or spread on top of graham...

by admin on August 24th, 2013
No Comments  Dessert, Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings



Chimichurri is a delicious condiment to add to steak, chicken, yuca and even potatoes. Ask any Argentinian — they will tell you! This recipe is simple and can last up to a few days if refrigerated (or you can always freeze it for a rainy...

by admin on August 20th, 2013
No Comments  Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings, Ethnic


Pickled Onions

I saw this recipe online the other day and had to make it. Pickled onions are delicious on anything from tacos to sandwiches to salads and they last for up to a week in the fridge. Ingredients: 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup...

by admin on August 8th, 2013
2 Comments   Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings


Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

There is something highly satisfying about making your own salad dressings. This is an easy and delicious dressing (or marinade) that can usually be made with ingredients you already have lying around the kitchen. Ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1-1/2 tsp...

by admin on July 8th, 2013
1 Comment  Dressings, Garnishes & Toppings