Salads and Side Dishes

Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Tomato Dinner Salad

This salad brings back every memory of going to my Nana's house for a special dinner. Most occasions, whether having friends in town from college or celebrating Valentine's Day in middle school bring back a memory of this salad. It's the perfect savory dinner salad; filling with meaty hearts of palm, crunchy with fresh red… Continue reading Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Tomato Dinner Salad

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Appetizers

Tomato Bruschetta

The official start of fall is September 22nd, which means there are just a few weeks left to enjoy summers greatest vegetables. Heirloom tomatoes are an amazing addition to a summer dinner. They are best served raw and are much sweeter than vine tomatoes. Bruschetta is a very broad term for a spread or topping… Continue reading Tomato Bruschetta

Main Courses

Sizzling Scallops with Tomato Basil Puree

Scallops are either the best thing you've ever eaten or something you tried once and will never cook again. I think they are very easy to cook; pat them dry, season, and sear in a pan for 3 minutes per side. If you serve them hot off the pan you can hear them sizzle like… Continue reading Sizzling Scallops with Tomato Basil Puree

Appetizers

Homemade Salsa

With the exception of mosquito bites, this is my favorite time for outdoor entertaining. There's something so nice about the laid back feeling of eating appetizers on the patio while the barbecue is blazing. Laid back, however, does not have to mean lazy. There's a big difference here. If you are asked to bring something… Continue reading Homemade Salsa