Sundried Tomato Omelet with Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce

Sundried Tomato Omelet with Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce

This vegetarian omelet (or omelette to be fancy) is savory, rich with a creamy tomato basil sauce. And there's not one ounce of cream. In fact, this breakfast is certified healthy, i.e. it's a recipe directly from the chefs at the famous Rancho La Puerta, where they...

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Salad with Warm Goat Cheese on Toasted Baguette

Salad with Warm Goat Cheese on Toasted Baguette

Happy New Year! I thought I'd start the new year right with a light salad (just don't eat too many of those warm goat cheese rounds on toasted baguette, ok?!) Wishing you and your family a fun-filled, healthy and prosperous New Year! It's a brand new year and I've...

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Pasta, Bacon and Peas

Pasta, Bacon and Peas

I feel like that commercial for Beggin' Strips... baconbaconbaconbacon...BACON! It's a recipe I've adapted from Marcus Samuelsson's brand new book, New American Table....recipe for Pasta, Bacon and Peas. Pasta, Bacon and Peas Recipe 1 pound dry pasta1 tablespoon olive...

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Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

When tomato and fresh basil is THIS good, I hate to do anything other than enjoy it fresh in a salad. My Basil Vinaigrette is simple to make, takes 5 minutes in a blender. You'll love it. I promise. First, the Basil Vinaigrette ingredients: fresh basil leaves,...

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Peanut Pesto and Peas Pasta Salad

Peanut Pesto and Peas Pasta Salad

In the Tampa, Florida, Summer began sometime like in March. No kidding. The season RIGHT NOW is called too "*!%!$@*$ HOT." The moment you step outside into 99.9% humidity coupled with 98F temps, you wonder why you even bothered to dry yourself after a shower. But...

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Thai Basil Chicken with Cashew

Thai Basil Chicken with Cashew

A little over a year ago, I met Chef Martin Yan for the first time at a Publix Aprons event. I was so girly-giddy that I breathlessly told him that he was my "culinary superhero." And if that didn't scream, "freaky-fan-stalker!" then maybe he got a clue when I got a...

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Xanadu Cocktail: Basil and Grapefruit

Xanadu Cocktail: Basil and Grapefruit

Last week, I was in Asheville North Carolina with a few of my very favorite bloggers. I do travel quite a bit, so when I have a chance to invite along Diane and Todd of White On Rice, I always do. And has nothing to do with how fantastic, gorgeous and radiant I look...

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Grilled Whole Fish with Chili Soy Dipping Sauce

Grilled Whole Fish with Chili Soy Dipping Sauce

Slideshow shows step by step: how to grill whole fish: [imagebrowser id=15] I have yet to go fishing in the local waters here, well okay maybe I need to count the time I friend Judy took me and the kids to the state park. We used squirmy worms as bait on their kiddie...

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Crock Pot Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

Crock Pot Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

    It’s no secret that good Pho broth requires a gazillion hours of simmering time. Time that I just don’t have. Tony, a boyfriend from a lifetime ago, told me his Dad used to simmer giant vats of pho broth overnight for his little pho restaurant in...

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Stephanie Izard’s Steamed Mussel and Fennel Escabeche

Stephanie Izard’s Steamed Mussel and Fennel Escabeche

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard I am SO guilty of slacking on my recipe posting duties. Forgive me. I've come up with several really good excuses: 1) I'm still editing my cookbook. Working on my intro chapter (why is it that the intro chapter is the last chapter I...

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Red Lantern Grilled Sirloin with Chile, Garlic, and Ginger

Red Lantern Grilled Sirloin with Chile, Garlic, and Ginger

Photo of Red Lantern's Grilled Sirloin with Chile, Garlic and Ginger courtesy of Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook I love my friends! I needed a few more shots for the cookbook, and asked my good friends Matt and Dannika of MattikaArts if he'd like to take a shot...

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