Recipes

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….

Easy Fruit Compote with Honey Sauce – No Cooking!

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By May 28, 2020

Simple fruit compotes make luscious desserts. You can team them with ice cream or crisp cookies if you like. Think seasonally. Substitute 1 generous cup of seedless tangerine sections in the fall, or in the summer, omit the cantaloupe and substitute more berries and a few (pitted and halved) fresh cherries. Fruit Compote in Honey SauceYield: 4 to 6 servings1/4…

Grilled Artichoke Heaven

Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes, Uncategorized By May 5, 2020

Grilled artichokes are a great dish to serve when warm-weather entertaining. Not only are they scrumptious, most of the preparation can be done in advance. Blanched until tender and then grilled before serving, they seem to be adored by all, especially when served with a tasty dipping sauce. Grilled Artichokes with Dipping SauceYield: about 6 servings4 to 6 artichokes (preferably…

Hugh’s Herby, Peanutty, Noodly Salad

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Recipes, Uncategorized By May 1, 2020

“River Cottage Veg” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Ten Speed, $35) is chockablock with irresistible recipes. The author is a British broadcaster, farmer and educator, as well as the recipient of several James Beard Awards for his cookbooks. A campaigner for sustainably produced food, he established the River Cottage farm in Dorset, England in 1998. I often refer to this book when…

Warm and Delicious Apple Custard Pie

Cooking, Produce, Recipes By April 30, 2020

Pie-baking aficionado Rhonda Martin won the top pie prize at the Orange County Fair several years ago. It was my pleasure to be one of the pie-baking judges that year. That pie remains one of my favorite apple pies (yes, I have 3 others in my repertoire that I consider my favorites). I love pies, and apple pies in particular….

Scrumptious Carrot Cake from Aunt Toni

Cooking, Recipes By April 22, 2020

I’ve made lots of carrot cakes over the years – tall-and-elegant layered wonders, as well as cupcakes with icing piped into the core. All were fine. All were welcomed by sweet-loving palates. BUT, my favorite is the easy-to-prepare version made from the formula given to me by my sister-in-law Toni Brehm in the early 1970’s. It’s made in a 9-by-13-inch…