Shrimp Alla Fede with Pea Risotto

Quick shrimp recipe that works great with this creamy risotto, rice, potatoes, or grits! Easily modified to suit your tastes too.

Chili. Smoky, savory, hot peppery…or not…your call.

I told you about our butcher who smokes his own meats in my recipe for Smoked Balsamic & Rosemary Pork Chops, well, here comes another recipe that uses both his smoked andouille sausage and his ground beef/pork blend.  Of course, any recipe can be made with meat that is not smoked and will be just…

Fennel Braised Short Ribs over Mushroom and Pea Risotto

This is easily my favorite dish to make when I’m serving guests. Universally loved, endlessly versatile and just as good if made ahead, there is no downside to this meal. It is at once hardy and elegant. Its presentation is impressive.

Cold Seafood Salad

There are times when salad is good, and there are times when it is fan-freaking-tastic.  This salad is of the second sort, at least I think so; my husband, on the other hand, thinks calamari is “squishy” so he does not enjoy it.  In fact, he doesn’t like any kind of squishy food:  marshmallow or…

Salmon & Dill Cakes with Cucumber Mint Sauce

Salmon & Dill Cakes with Cucumber Sauce These salmon cakes can be made ahead, covered and kept in the refrigerator for a few days for a quick lunch or dinner because the salmon is pre-cooked. The cucumber sauce will last several days also, and actually be better day 2 than it was when fresh. Of…

Surf & Turf

Want to impress and still have time to enjoy your dinner party?   Surf and Turf is the way to go! Many grocery stores stock a nice frozen lobster tail, if you do not want to begin with a live lobster.  I honestly prefer a frozen tail for dinner parties and even just family dinner…