Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

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I very rarely veer off my “tried and true” basic recipe for Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce with lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, sugar, water) for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It’s easy, predictable and I can make the sauce just by taste without measuring anything! But just because I *LOVE* something doesn’t mean that my entire family loves it too. My fish-fearing …

Thai Firecracker Shrimp

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Yesterday, I bribed Nathan to help me do a cooking demo at the Florida Wine Fest in Sarasota. All it cost me was a $12.99 Nerf gun. I say GOOD DEAL! Right before our demo were chefs from Sarasota Bay Club cooking pork belly and seared giant sea scallops. This was the day that Nathan discovered pork belly. He would not …

Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs: 2 Secret Ingredients

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The key to the greatest meatballs, unfortunately, is using tender, fatty ground meat….which is why many of the best recipes include both ground beef and ground pork (and sometimes ground veal). All that fatty richness goes straight to my backside and sometimes I just want a lighter version of meatballs. My first several attempts at healthy-tizing meatballs were all just …

Tofu Prosciutto Panini

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You probably did a double-take on that recipe title. Tofu? In a Panini? Just try it and you’ll be surprised at how well it does work. Tofu is one of the most versatile foods out there, it plays nice with other foods and just blends in. I’ll be creating a series of tofu recipes, as I’m working with an American …

Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe Lime Salsa

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I’m a horrible grocery shopper. I’m compulsive, obsessive and spontaneous all packed into one short human form, pushing a shopping cart. In short, I’m every advertiser’s dream. Grocery shopping and farmer’s markets are my absolute favorite activities (next to petting yarn and fabric, as an avid knitter and new quilter). Some of my most creative time is walking back and …

Mushroom Tofu Potstickers

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While these may not look like your normal cutely folded potstickers, let me assure you that these are 100% even better. Not only are they easier and faster to fold (No delicate crimping of pleating), they have MAXIMUM crispy crunchy surface! Double win for sure. We ended up folding 100 of these babies. 25 to eat straight away and the …

Stuffed Miso Eggplant

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I got a nice surprise in yesterday’s mail – a copy of Where Women Cook: The Heart & Soul of Cooking published by the lovely, lovely Jo Packham. It’s a quarterly magazine sold at retail stores (most bookstores and I think I saw it at Costco and Target too), featuring women passionate about food, their kitchens and their stories. This month’s …

Chili and Basil Scallops

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A recipe for Chili and Basil Scallops by author of Mighty Spice Cookbook, John Gregory-Smith.

Grilled Fish with Citrus Herb Crust

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Last week my kitchen got more action than I think it’s ever gotten in its life. The previous owners weren’t big cooks and since we’ve moved in, cooking has mostly been at our outdoor kitchen by the pool. Last week’s occasion was a 5-day visit from Adam and Joanne, a couple who cooks, blogs, commutes and works together. Now, that’s a …