spicy edamame

Spicy Edamame

This super-quick and easy spicy edamame recipe takes edamame beans from plain to spectacular. The cooked beans are simply tossed in a mix of hot oil, liquid smoke, garlic, salt, sambal and red pepper flakes and are bursting with delicious...
chicken lettuce cups

Chicken Lettuce Cups

These delicious chicken lettuce cups are fresh, exciting and full of intense and spicy flavors from soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. A terrific appetizer or even main course that’s fast and easy to make....
fennel garlic olives

Fennel Garlic Olives

Good friends of ours with excellent taste buds took us to a fantastic restaurant the other day that served us the best olives I had ever eaten. Naturally I tried to replicate the recipe and this is the result: olives...
honey soy chicken wings

Honey Soy Wings

These mouthwatering chicken wings come straight from the pages of one of my new favorite cookbooks, “Baked Wings – Crispy. Crunchy. Sticky. 33 oven baked wings to satisfy your craving.” Wonderfully written and beautifully photographed by my friend and blogging...
crab bisque

Crab Bisque

The other day when I flipped through the 1970s cookbook that I adapted last week’s Bavarian cream recipe from I came across an interesting idea: adding nutmeg to crab bisque. I never would have thought of that myself but I...
tomato tarts

Tomato Tarts

Just some quick and easy tomato tarts here today. I find baking tomatoes like this to be a great way to concentrate their flavor. These tarts are made with the same easy and flaky dough recipe from cooks.com that I...
shrimp lettuce cups

Shrimp Lettuce Cups

I’ve got some super shrimp lettuce cup appetizers today. These guys are bursting with intense flavor and have great crunch. Very easy to make, too. For the sauce and the marinade I stuck with the more mundane Asian-style ingredients, such...
cranberry thyme dip

Cranberry Thyme Dip

Why I love it: This delicious dried cranberry thyme dip is sweet, sour, salty and herby all at the same time and makes a great appetizer that is very easy to put together. It’s cranberry season! I love cranberries; they taste...
asian noodle salad

Asian Noodle Salad

This delicious Asian noodle salad is made with soba noodles and grilled shrimp and is bursting with intense flavors from fresh ginger, lime zest, cilantro, sesame and a chili pepper. It’s sweet, sour, salty and spicy and makes the perfect appetizer...