Category Archives: Appetizer

Pizza Night

Pizza upon pizza
Pizza upon pizza

Pizza Night-

So we finally did it! We made the big move from the windy city of Chicago to the sunshine state of Florida. I must say; it’s been a while since we last spoke and I have been cooking up a storm in the interim. Moreover, I have finally managed to get my dream kitchen (both inside and out). So it is to say, I have of course been inspired to cook up a storm. In attempt to christen the house the best way I know how; I felt it appropriate to have a pizza night! Now, having come from Chicago, I have more than just an affair with pizza—it’s more like a committed relationship. For tonight’s menu, I have decided to make three different types of pizzas. Continue reading Pizza Night

Olive Oil Poached Shrimp with Escabeche

Olive Oil Poached Shrimp w/ Escabeche

 

This weekend, I had company in town and little time to prepare for their presence.  Between work, cleaning the house and cleaning the dogs; we had a lot on our plates.  So, in times like these, I choose to improvise and make something I know will be so packed full of flavor, no one will complain.  If they do, show them to the door:)!  For me, it has to be my olive oil poached shrimp with escabeche.  I like this dish because you can prep-if you have the time-or you can completely wing it 20 minutes before your guests arrive and still appear as though you’re on top of your game.

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Peperonata Goat Cheese Toasts

Peperonata Goat Cheese Toasts
Peperonata Goat Cheese Toasts

Here in the windy city of Chicago, the weather has taken a wicked and frosty turn.  In times like these, I try to think of things that warm both the bones and the soul.  So, for last night’s little gathering, I decided to make a spicy peperonata on top of herbed goat cheese toasts.  When I’m hosting a party and against the clock; this is the dish I turn to.  Continue reading Peperonata Goat Cheese Toasts