Delicious Whimsy – Halloween Chocolate Ganache Ghost Tartlets

Cooking, Holidays, Recipes, Uncategorized By October 19, 2021

Quirky Halloween ghosts tickle me, especially if they are piped out with Seven-Minute Frosting and adorned with googly eyes. But when it comes to Halloween history, in early days, folks weren’t focusing on goblins made with marshmallow-like frosting. No, those ghosts where taken more seriously and were the focus of a Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival in which revelers lit…

BROCCOLINI At Its Best

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized By September 22, 2021

BROCCOLINI – Tender-Crisp Yum Broccolini (sometimes labeled “baby broccoli”) is a cross between gai lan (Chinese Broccoli) and common broccoli. The stalks are as skinny as asparagus, the leaves and tender buds alluringly tender. Spicy Sauteed Broccolini (or Gai Lan) with Garlic Yield; 6 servings 1 1/2 to 2 pounds broccolini (sometimes called baby broccoli), ends trimmed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin…

Toast’s Luscious Green Tea Soba Noodles

Chefs, Cooking, Produce, Recipes, Restaurants By September 15, 2021

Described as a new-age diner, Toast Kitchen + Bakery specializes in comfort food with a twist. It’s mostly a breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, but currently the eatery is offering “happy hour,” open until 7 PM for early evening meals. Green Tea Soba Noodles were the focus of the video that executive chef-co-owner John Park recently taped with me. Colorful…

Stir-Fried Noodles – Team with Shredded Cabbage and Kinda’ Whatever

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By August 4, 2021

A straightforward home-cooked Asian-themed noodle dish is so darn enjoyable. Recipe is only a blueprint. Feel free to sub different cooked meat (cooked turkey or pork is delicious), or opt to include a veg such as finely diced carrots or small pieces of fresh asparagus. Stir-fried noodles, with their semi-firm bite and springy personality, team deliciously with shredded cabbage. I…

Green Bean Salad That Boasts Taste and Good-For-You Nutrients

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized, Videos By August 2, 2021

It’s been a few years since my third book was published, but the topic seems even more relevant today. The “50 Best Plants on the Planet” focuses on the world’s most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. One of my favorite recipes from the book is the green bean and tomato salad mounded atop watercress or mixed baby greens. Watercress serves…