This Is Spring? Weekend Special

I’m doing my sun dance and thinking positive thoughts for the weekend. It looks like the first weekend of spring may be a dreary bust. Ugh!

If nothing else, you can celebrate the celestial change of seasons with delicious a transitional feast. With one foot still in winter, do your best to shove the other into spring. Your friends will be delighted … especially if they’ve been sitting home watching an icy rain all day. Here are some winter-meets-spring suggestions!

Forget simple cheese and crackers, give my Crostini with Fig, Stilton and Walnuts a try. Or step it up another notch with my Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli or Artichoke Leaves with Shrimp.

Sit down to a salad. Perhaps you’d like to toss up my Fennel & Feta Salad or Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad.

For the main course, how about pasta with grilled veggies? My Ravioli with Saffron Cream, Grilled Asparagus & Mushrooms will help you forget the cold … at least for a minute or two.

For dessert? My go-to almost-spring dessert is a bright and tasty Lemon Tart. If you don’t feel like baking, you might like my Fresh Berries with Creamy Lime Custard.

Have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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Happy Saint Paddy’s Day Weekend Special

Éirinn go Brách! Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! Time to celebrate with a jig, a pint of Guinness and a delicious Irish dinner.

Need some help with the menu? Here goes:

Get your green on with tasty appetizers! Give my Artichoke Crostini, Asparagus Crostini with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto & Goat Cheese or Zucchini Pancakes a try.

Next, a great green salad. For a whole lot of crunch try my Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes. For something a little different, there is my Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes.

For the main course, there is nothing better than a one-pot, no worries, braise in the oven Irish Lamb Stew. Don’t forget to add a freshly baked loaf of Irish Soda Bread.

Now for dessert. Staying with a green theme, a few drops of food coloring in the frosting will turn my Sour Cream Cupcakes with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting Irish. However, I’m thinking an Irish Coffee with a scoop of ice cream is a delicious idea. You’ll love my Affogato with an Irish Accent.

Have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

More Winter Weekend Special

Sun on Tuesday, raining on Wednesday, blustery winds on Thursday and polar express weekend – it’s a typical almost spring week in New Hampshire. It seems that every time I get a free morning to ski – either it’s blistering cold or the wind is blowing an arctic gale. It’s making me cranky!

What to do? Last weekend I spent some time in the kitchen experimenting with shrimp curry and making black bean soup.

With frostbiting temperature, I guess I’ll be back in the kitchen this weekend. What about you? Would you like to come over for a kitchen party? No one ever accused my kitchen of being spacious so maybe a potluck is a better idea? Maybe you’ll host your own. Host or guest, here are a few suggestions:

Appetizers to bring along or make together! Dip into some Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus while you flip Savory Blinis and then top with smoked salmon and caviar or whip up some Homemade Bratwurst Bites with Horseradish Mustard.

Salads to toss! Roasted veggies are a great addition to winter salads. Roast the vegetables and make the vinaigrette in advance. A helpful friend is sure to step forward to put it all together. Choose from my Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad, Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad or Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms.

Bring on the casseroles! Definitely make ahead, a casserole bubbling in the oven will cut down on the kitchen chaos. My Poverty Casserole gets high marks from hungry skiers. Maybe you’ll go with a classic like Decadent Mac & Cheese or Four Cheese Lasagna Bolognese with Spinach (or maybe … Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna).

When in doubt, ask your favorite baker to bring dessert. You might suggest a simply delicious Carrot Cake, an over the top Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake or a fabulous Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tart.

Have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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Winter Is Back Weekend Special

buoys_snow_02March comes in like a lion. This year is no exception. After a delightful taste of spring the cold and wind is back. With any bit of luck, there will be enough sun to encourage all of us out the door for a little skiing, snowshoeing or a walk around the lake. Even if you end up at the gym, do try to get some exercise.

A little cooking might also be in order. Call a few friends and invite them over for a delicious dinner or suggest a potluck. Here are a few suggestions:

Let the wind blow while you cozy up to the fire with a glass of wine. Invite your friends help themselves to Artichoke Crostini or Zucchini Pancakes with Tapenade.

When you are ready to gather around the table, think colorful with a great salad. You and your friends will love my Radicchio, Fennel, and Arugula Salad. If you’d prefer cozy soup to start, give my Homemade Tomato Soup a try.

Follow up with my current favorite pasta. As you know, I have a new favorite at least two or three times a year! Fickle or not, this one is wonderful. If not this weekend, try my Spaghetti with Cauliflower & Olives soon. For a delicious alternative, consider my Creamy Polenta with Mushroom & Kale Ragù.

End the evening on a sweet note. You earned it on the slopes or gym! Perhaps you’ll think spring and bake a Lemon Tart. If you’re short on time, then give my Bananas Foster a try.

Have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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Oh No – Say It Ain’t So Weekend Special

skisLast weekend was glorious. The snow was perfect and the skiing was wonderful. According to all those guys and gals that stand in front of weather maps every morning … this week is going to be very different. Unfortunately, it’s not snow but rain that is in the forecast. With that kind of threat at this point in the ski season, no precipitation is a much better alternative. So, I’m doing my sun dance and hoping they are wrong.

Right or wrong, if you feel the need to celebrate a glorious day on the slopes or need some cheering up, invite some of your favorite people over for a delicious dinner. Here are a few suggestions:

Cozy up to the fire with a tasty crostini. My Crostini with Fig, Stilton and Walnuts sounds like a good choice. Add a glass of wine and maybe a bowl of Rosemary Cashews.

Next, gather around the table. If you’re looking for a colorful winter salad, I have the answer. Try my Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad.

Follow up with delicious Scrod Florentine. Serve the fish with a spoonful of Whole Grain Pilaf and Roasted Parsnips.

Then it’s back around the fire with tiny cups of espresso and tasty Chocolate-Hazelnut Bars.

Have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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Time to Ski – It’s a Long Weekend Special

skiing_w_best_friendWe can all take in a deep breath and let it out slowly. We can all welcome the long Presidents’ Day Weekend. The forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds; not perfect but we’ll take it. Strap on those snowshoes or skis and enjoy some outdoor fun.

Afterwards, come in out of the cold for a cozy dinner with some of your favorite people. Here are a few suggestions:

Start the evening with a tasty crostini. Try my Mushroom Crostini or Sweet Potato & Goat Cheese Crostini. Or let everyone serve themselves with a bowl of Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus and warm pita.

When it’s time to move over to the table, enjoy a winter salad. Skip the tasteless tomatoes and enjoy my flavor-filled Lemony Kale & Radicchio Salad, Mixed Reds & Greens Salad or Mixed Greens Salad with Gorgonzola & Walnuts.

For the main event think stew, a braise and or your favorite chili. autumn_vegetable_chili_02
My current favorite is the very delicious Pumpkin Chili with Turkey & Black Beans. If it seems like a good time to go vegetarian, try my Creamy Polenta with Mushroom & Kale Ragù. (I suppose you might want to skip the kale salad if you go with this option!) Or enjoy something a bit more exotic with Moroccan Chicken with Green Olives & Preserved Lemon.

Stay cozy through dessert. For a quick and easy apple dessert, try my Rustic Apple Tart. Or delight your guests with absolutely wonderful Ginger Crème Brûlée.

Have a great weekend! Bon appétit!

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It’s a Patriots Super Bowl Weekend Special

New England is ecstatic. Tom Brady and the boys are in Houston for Super Bowl 51! Whether you’ve invited the entire neighborhood over or need to bring a dish to someone else’s party … here are a few delicious ideas.new_england_patriotsThe almighty apps … As in appetizers, not software for your smart phone. Here are a few favorites:

If it the Super Bowl, you gotta have a great dip. Try any or all of the following!
Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus
Artichoke Pesto
Barba Ganoush
Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Warm Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

Don’t forget the wings! Roast them in the oven or get out the grill:
Spicy Tequila Chicken Wings
Hoisin Chicken Wings

Next, comes that football favorite … chili!  I’ve got something for everyone – carnivores to vegetarian:
Pumpkin Chili with Turkey & Black Beans
Pork & Black Bean Stew with Salsa Verde
Red Bean & Pork Chili
Chicken, Black Beans & Corn
Chili Con Carne
White Bean & Veggie Chili

Add something green. Add a little crunch with a great salad or slaw.
Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro, Mint and Peanuts
Jicama Slaw
Spicy Cucumber & Radish Salad
Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons

Finish it off with something sweet.
Chocolate Hazelnut Bars
Peanutbutter Brownies
Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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