Muffaletta Sandwich

A Muffaletta sandwich is a meat-lovers dream–layers upon layers of cold cuts and cheese, mashed between hearty bread slathered with Olive Salad. It packs a flavorful punch that guarantees satisfaction. As this sandwich is made in advance, it’s a perfect option for entertaining, picnics, and tailgates. Olive Salad 1/2 cup pitted green olives 1/2 cup…

Olive Salad

  This isn’t really a salad.  It’s more like a spread that can be put on sandwiches (like Muffaletta), served in a dish on a cheese board, scooped up by pita chips, or stirred into hummus.  You will not believe the flavor it brings to the table.   1/2 cup pitted green olives 1/2 cup…

Perfect Corn on the Cob

When I was growing up, my parents had a wonderfully large garden in which they grew fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  Our menus revolved around the produce available from this sacred soil and from that of our neighbors, who always generously shared what they grew.  We would feast on the freshest corn, tomatoes, and zucchini,…

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

My husband and I both enjoy a good Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and we often judge a pizza joint by its version.  There are a few prerequisites: First, the chicken must be tossed in wing sauce, second it must have blue cheese, and third, there must be either blue cheese or ranch dressing served on the…

Mint Julep

  If I were forced to choose a favorite cocktail, this would be it.  In fact, when planning our wedding, I selected mint juleps to be served as one of the featured cocktails.  It may sound weird, but this drink was my inspiration for the overall feel of the reception.  As beverages go, it’s classic,…

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

Confession: A few years ago, I could not contemplate the thought of eating a salad as a main course.  I was under the impression that my hunger would not be satisfied.  Moreover, the idea of adding meat to a salad, other than bacon (because, let’s be honest, bacon makes EVERYTHING better), just didn’t appeal to…

Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

This past week, I was responsible for helping provide breakfast for a Moms’ group with whom I participate.  Due to the meeting time and the school drop off schedule, providing a hot dish wasn’t in the cards, so I decided to provided one of my favorite breakfast items: Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits.  Whenever I host…

Salmon with Lemon-Caper Butter

This is a really fast, really easy, really flavorful dish.  If the compound butter is made in advance, it takes 20 minutes total.  It’s perfect for a busy weeknight, but decadent and elegant enough for a dinner party.  I use salmon in this recipe, but cod or any other white fish would work equally well….

Lemon-Caper Compound Butter

The tartness of the lemon, the salty, briny-ness of the capers, and the freshness of the herbs, all mixed into the sweet, decadent butter create such an incredible burst of flavor.  Pair this compound butter with fish or grilled meat (especially chicken) to take your next meal over the top.   8 Tbsp (1 stick)…

Sun-Dried Tomato & Spinach Dip Burgers

Recently, in Taste of Home’s latest “Ground Beef” special edition magazine, I saw a recipe for a burger topped with sun-dried tomatoes and slathered with spinach dip.  I thought that combination sounded pretty damn good, but I had one reservation: sun-dried tomatoes are chewy as hell and would be difficult to bite through.  So, I…