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Avocado and Orange Salad – Updated Classic Combo

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized, Videos By January 13, 2021

Avocado’s rich, nutty taste and creamy texture pairs beautifully with the sweet-sour perkiness of oranges. The fruit duo is especially appealing in a simple salad along with tender lettuce, fresh lemon juice and crunchy almonds. Most often avocados are found firm-to-the-touch in the marketplace; they only ripen off the tree. If they are hard when you buy them, they will…

Gravlax, Fearless Homemade Cured Salmon

Cooking, Recipes, Uncategorized, Videos By December 17, 2020

Gravlax can be the centerpiece of simple-yet-elegant appetizers, first courses and salads. It’s delicious for breakfast or brunch, served with brown bread, cucumber slices, capers, red onions and mustard sauce (much more delicious than lox in my opinion). Toss it into warm potato salad or pasta. Mouthwatering. Making It Easy Gravlax, pronounced GRAHV-locks, is a Swedish-style cured salmon made by…

A Barley Salad to Love

Cookbooks, Cooking, Produce, Recipes By November 12, 2020

This salad recipe is adapted from “Ancient Grains for Modern Families” by Maria Speck (Ten Speed, $29.99). Speck used marinated dried figs in the salad, which are delicious. But I changed my mind about the figs when I had a luscious quinoa salad at Marche Moderne restaurant (Newport Coast). It was adorned with candied kumquats. Reset. I love the sweet-tart…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares – Holiday Joy

Cookbooks, Holidays, Recipes By November 11, 2020

Make or buy a pumpkin pie if you must, but these layered creamy-crispy squares will most-likely be the pumpkin stars.  Make Ahead: Can be prepared 2 days in advance and refrigerated. Happy Holidays to all the cooks and all their helpers. Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumble SquaresYield: 20-24 squaresCrust and Streusel:1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour3/4 cup golden brown sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup…

Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice, Wowzers

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Recipes By November 1, 2020

Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice: My niece Holly Sue is a chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, many years ago she left a restaurant career to raise her family, but later started a highly successful at-home personal chef business when her boys were approaching middle school age. Her clients pick up made-from-scratch family dinners twice…

Ginger Cookies with Double Dose Zing

Uncategorized By October 28, 2020

Fresh ginger + crystallized ginger Two kinds of ginger make these cookies irresistibly delicious – – – fresh ginger and crystallized ginger come to this party. Some like to eat ginger for its health benefits, proclaiming that it cures everything from nausea to sore throats. But, I adore it for its alluring flavors – its pleasant peppery bite balanced with…

Rad Red Times Three Salad with Beets, Blood Oranges and Pomegranates

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Videos By September 28, 2020

I love red-fleshed fruits and vegetables! Red Times Three Salad showcases three of my favorites: blood oranges, red beets and pomegranate seeds. Blood orange’s sweet-sour flavor profile has a subtle note of raspberry. It pairs beautifully with the earthy edge of beets. I use Melissa’s ready-to-eat peeled and steamed baby beets – they are so convenient and beat the heck…