Sweet Corn Bisque

This soup takes a little time to shuck the corn, remove the kernels and then straining the soup to get the silky texture, but it is so worth it.  One of my daughter’s favorite soups, for her birthday, I topped this rich mixture with a seared scallop and surrounded it with roasted pumpkin seeds for … More Sweet Corn Bisque

Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash Soup Kabocha Squash or “Japanese Pumpkin” is likely a squash you pass in the grocery store.  Like a short green pumpkin, this is one of those vegetables that I would look at and say “one of these days I’m going to get one of those”. Finally, I saw one that had a descriptive … More Kabocha Squash Soup

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas A staple of the south, black eyed peas are almost non-existent on menus in Southern California.  However, one should always be ready to expand their culinary dishes and this dish has five great points: 1)  It has great flavor 2)  It is extremely easy to make 3)  Its full of protein and … More Black Eyed Peas

Pico de Gallo

Fresh Pico de gallo We came home from vacation this week and found ripe peppers and tomatoes abundant in the garden.  What a nice welcome back gift! One of the things we craved on vacation was plain old chips and salsa.  The areas we visited didn’t serve a lot of fresh vegetables so we couldn’t … More Pico de Gallo

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a fresh green herb sauce that is tangy, garlicky and flavorful and goes beautifully on steak, grilled chicken or shrimp, or even topped on grilled bread.   It is easy to make, and brings on a bold flavor statement that will wake up your taste buds. I worked this recipe up the other night … More Chimichurri Sauce