Let Him Eat Steak! Father’s Day Weekend Special

How will you celebrate Father’s Day? It promises to be summery this weekend so a cookout sounds like a good idea. Fire up the grill and throw on some steaks for some deliciously fun family time.

Need some help with your menu? Not to worry, I have a few suggestions …

My latest steak recipe is perfect for dads who like a hint of Asia. My Grilled Vietnamese Beef is a wonderful combination of beef and greens. Serve it with a spoonful of basmati rice. To keep with the theme, start your meal with one of my favorite warm weather appetizers – Sumner Rolls.

Perhaps your dad likes his steak bistro style. If that’s the case, then start with my Mixed Greens with Grilled Asparagus, Cucumber & Avocado. For the main course, dads will love my Grilled Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce or Grilled Filet Mignons & Mushrooms with Stilton Butter. Add a few Grilled Red Potatoes.

Now for dessert. If your dad has a favorite, then by all means, make it. If not, then maybe he’d like my dad’s favorite Blueberry Pie. Dad is also pretty found of my Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tart.

Happy Father’s Day and bon appétit!

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Another Memorial Day Weekend Special

In my neighborhood, Memorial Day Weekend is a busy few days. A lot of the houses up and down my street belong to summer people. They bide their time. They are only here when days are warm and the sun shines. A few come up to ski in winter but they are still summer people.

This weekend they will all be around to sweep the cottage, put the boat in the water and maybe, just maybe, take a swim in the ice cold lake.

Mixed with all the hustle and bustle will be a ton of good cheer. Who doesn’t love to be in New Hampshire? … even if the black flies are as thick as thieves. Anyway, if you play your cards right you may get invited to a cookout. So, get out your favorite recipes, make a list, head to the supermarket and be ready for fun.

Here are a few dishes you can bring along to that neighborhood potluck this holiday weekend:

How about a tasty appetizer?
For something a little different, may I suggest … Chickpea Salsa or Crostini with Cucumber, Radish & Feta or Lettuce Cups with Stir-fried Chicken & Vegetables?

Maybe you’d rather bring a salad or a side dish … with asparagus of course.
You can’t lose with my Grilled Asparagus with Lemony Tarragon Butter Sauce (it’s delicious at room temperature) or Mixed Greens with Grilled Asparagus, Cucumber & Avocado or Asparagus Salad with Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette.

No, then, I guess you’d rather bring a sweet treat:
Rhubarb is in season, so, why not try my Ginger Shortcakes with Rhubarb Compote or Rhubarb Crumb Cake? Want something patriotic for Memorial Day … how about Berry Flag Cake? When all else underwhelms you, bring a batch of the world’s best brownies … Espresso Brownies.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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Mother’s Day Weekend Special

Inviting my mother over for dinner was always joy. She had little – probably no – interest in cooking but she appreciated a good meal. Not just the food, she appreciated the company, the conversation, the laughter, the give, the take and all the frivolity.

Mom was an easy guest. If I cooked it; she liked it – or at least it seemed that way. That said, she did have some favorites. Here are a few ideas to share with your mom this Mother’s Day weekend.

Let’s start with a great appetizer. My parents visited me at least a handful of times when I lived in Switzerland. Mom loved it all – the scenery, the food and the adventures. She may or may not have tried Pissaladière. It will be a good start to your Mother’s Day dinner. Alternatively, you might like to go with a tasty dip. How about my Artichoke Pesto? I know Mom liked artichokes. Serve the pesto with a few raw veggies, your favorite crackers and a wedge of fabulous cheese.

Now, to the table and a lovely salad. You will love my Grilled Zucchini & Feta Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette.

For the main course, how about shrimp? It was one of Mom’s favorites. I’d consider Roasted Shrimp & Andouille Sausage – but it might be a little spicy for her … but maybe not. Serve the shrimp and andouille with rice or Sweet Potato Polenta. Another delicious possibility is Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn, Tomatoes & Salsa Verde. You can rev up the heat in the salsa or tone it down. In case of clouds or rain, a cozy Lemon Pasta & Shrimp with Olives & Capers sounds good. Mom loved lemon and pasta.

Mom did have a sweet tooth. Her two favorite flavors were chocolate and, you guessed it, lemon. Here are a few possibilities … for chocolatey delicious try my Flourless Chocolate Cake or Chocolate Pana Cotta. Lemon lovers will love my Lemon Cheesecake or Lemon Tart.

This will be the second Mother’s Day without my mom. Like all mothers, she continues to keep an eye on me – last night in a dream. She was as beautiful and generous as always. My mother didn’t have a mean bone in her body. In spite of my sadness that she is gone and for all she suffered with Alzheimer’s disease, I will be happy to remember and celebrate her kindest this weekend.

In spirit or in person, have a lovely weekend with your mom and bon appétit!

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Cinco de Mayo Weekend Special

Well – if yesterday wasn’t wonderful … then I don’t know what is! Summer in May is the best. Not only is it a surprise (even if it happens every year!) but on top of the warm air, you can hear the peepers once the sun goes down.

The weekend promises to be a bit of a mix with some clouds, some sun and some thundershowers. Throw a colorful cloth on the table, find some salsa music on Spotify or Pandora, drag the grill under an overhang and go for it. Saturday is Cinco de Mayo – time to celebrate!

Let’s start with a great appetizer. You will love my Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Salsa. Add a few raw veggies to dip along with the shrimp. Not enough? You can’t go wrong with my Guacamole and Simple Salsa.

Ready for dinner? Keep that grill going. If you haven’t tried my Grilled Swordfish with Tequila-Lime Butter, now is the perfect time. Serve the swordfish with a delicious mix of Grilled Balsamic Vegetables. Choose any and all of your favorite veggies to throw on the grill. If you like, add a spoonful of Lemony Green Rice.

For dessert, think .. what else but chocolate? A few bites are all you’ll need of my Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème. Over-the-top delicious and rich, they may just become your new favorite dessert.

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Mud Season Weekend Special

Raining, snowing or a clear blue sky, I like to cook dishes from sunny climates during mud season. Think cheery recipes from the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. Friends and family will love the change. Here are a few suggestions to help you through a muddy weekend:

Let’s start with a few dips inspired by the Mediterranean. You love my Artichoke Pesto, and Baba Ganoush and Feta-Walnut Spread. Pita chips and some fresh veggies will make great dippers. Want to add a nibble or two? Try one or both of my favorites – Roasted Almonds or Spicy Olives.

Heading to the table, make the switch to south Asia with a flavorful soup. Either my Curried Carrot Soup or Curried Eggplant Soup would be a terrific choice.

Now, on to the main event. Serve up a little spice with my Vindaloo Chicken. Complete the dinner with spoonfuls of Roasted Cauliflower and basmati rice.

For dessert, think strawberries. They’re on sale at my local supermarket. Simply delicious, you will love my Strawberries with Yogurt Cream. That said, if you can find some rhubarb, you must try my Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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Rainy Tax Weekend Special

There’s rain in the forecast. So what else is new? It’s April. April in northern New England is all about rain. Sometimes that rain turns to ice and sometimes to snow. I suppose you won’t be too bothered if you are already glued to your desk finishing up (or starting) your taxes.

If your taxes are done, why not invite the laggards over for a relaxing meal? You will be well rewarded by their never-ending thanks. Start by the fire with a glass of wine and a lovely platter filled with tasty treats. Artfully arrange a wedge of your favorite cheese, slices of a delicious sausage, perfectly roasted vegetables, Spicy Olives and a few nuts. Speaking of roasted veggies, now would be a good time to try my Roasted Moroccan Carrots or Roasted Cauliflower Parmigiano.

Now for dinner, fight off that chilly rain with a delightful mix of black beans and chicken with my Poverty Stew with Cilantro-Lime Salsa Verde. Serve the stew with a spoonful of my Sweet Potato Polenta.

For dessert, celebrate the maple syrup harvest. You can’t miss with my fabulous Maple Crème Brûlée or Maple Mousse with Apple Compote. For quick and easy, try my Maple-Nut Sundaes.

Stay dry and have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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Easter Brunch Celebration Special

The mountain closes down on Sunday – so you won’t see me lazing around at brunch. I’ll be getting in the last few runs of the season. However, I’m happy to make a few suggestions for a tasty Easter Brunch. No need to rush, think late morning or early afternoon. Greet your guests with a sparkly glass. Tradition suggests that you start with a Mimosa.

Now for the main menu …

It may be old school but you can’t beat a cheesy, eggy pie. Not sure about that? Here are three favorites – Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tart, Spinach Ricotta Pie and Quiche Lorraine. Try any or all.

Add a lovely salad, something simple like my Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad. For an easy and delicious alternative to hash browns, try my Lemon Roasted Potatoes.

Alternatively, and super healthy, try my Quinoa with Sweet Potato and Spinach with that cheesy pie.

Finish it off with a beautiful bowl of fresh berries. You can’t miss if you add a spoonful of Lavender Infused White Chocolate Crème or Creamy Lime Custard. And, since everyone loves a good cookie, set out a plate of Cherry-Pistachio Biscotti or Macadamia Nut Shortbread.

If you’d prefer to celebrate with dinner rather than brunch, check out my latest Easter Dinner Menu.

Have a lovely Easter and bon appétit!

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