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Crisp-Roasted Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes w/Pickle Salad

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized By August 27, 2020

Thank you Chef Jamie Oliver. I’m a longtime fan of potato salads napped with vinaigrette. But Oliver’s concoction is over-the-moon delicious, teaming crisp spuds with a topping of crunchy vegetables adrift in an oil-less vinegar “pickle” concoction. ‘Such a creative and appealing combination of tastes and textures, as well as contrasting temperatures. It’s a whole new take on conventional potato…

Fire and Ice a la Cantaloupe

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By August 13, 2020

This recipe is a perfect example of food that excites more than one area of the palate. It blends the cool sweetness of melon with sour lime and hot chili syrup. Any ripe, firm-fleshed melon will work work here. Once the chili syrup is made, this dish can be thrown together just before serving. “Fire and Ice” CantaloupeYield: 8 servings1/3…

Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread In One Delicious Bar Cookie

Cookbooks, Cooking, Holidays, Recipes By July 21, 2020

Thank you, Carole Bloom. These Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Bars are one of my all-time favorite bar cookies. The recipe is from Bloom’s book, “Caramels” (Gibbs Smith, $24.99). These delicate, very full-flavored bars bring together all my favorites. The dark brown sugar used to make the shortbread provides a richer taste than traditional shortbread that is made with white sugar. But it…

Summer Cherry Tomatoes – Two Scrumptious Appetizers

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By June 17, 2020

Here are two of my favorite easy appetizers that I like to make that utilize cherry tomatoes: There isn’t anything complicated about the three layer tray-passed appetizers that Yvon Goetz served (back in the day before Covid at a reception at The Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach).  I remember that guests gobbled them down and seriously jockeyed to get more….

The Lime Pie That Saved Us

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Uncategorized By June 10, 2020

Initially, it was the title that grabbed me. “The Lime Pie That Saved Us” Sounds like something I could use right now … This is how Nicole Rucker, founder and owner of Fiona and Rucker’s Pie in Los Angeles explains the name in her cookbook “Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers” (Penguin Random House, $32) “I opened my restaurant Fiona…