March 2009


Money seems to get tighter and tighter these days, so why spend 15 bucks on delivery pizza? One of my favorite pre-made products in the grocery store is Pillsbury’s refrigerated pizza dough. For around $2.50, you can pick up a tube of it and get creative by adding your favorite toppings. You can even find one-serving size cans of pizza sauce in the pasta aisle, so it saves you from having to buy a huge jar of sauce. Why not skip the marinara sauce altogether and do a white pizza or use up that barbecue sauce in your fridge place of it? The Mexican pizza I made (recipe below) cost about $9 to make (not including things I already had on hand, i.e.: olive oil, herbs, etc.) and could serve four people, so this is definitely a recession-friendly meal. (more…)


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As the temperature starts to rise (at least in this part of the country), its time for some refreshing and simple dishes for those hotter days, like my Asian-inspired cold soba noodle salad. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and have a heartier, more substantial texture than regular pasta noodles. In Japan, they’re used in a variety of ways throughout the year: cold in the summer in a salad (like this one) or hot in a soup or broth in the winter months, and in a multitude of variations. Surprisingly enough, soba noodles are now more widely available now bring in the ethnic aisle many grocery stores. Or you could take a culinary adventure to your local Asian market and pick up other interesting ingredients to play with.



Forget tableside Caesar salad (so ’80s), it seems the hot new trend is tableside guacamole. Right in front of your eyes, your server will whip up a batch of fresh guacamole with your choice of mix-ins: onions, peppers, jalapenos, tropical fruit, cilantro, etc.

I’ve seen this trend at higher-end Mexican and Latin restaurants lately, like the renowned Boudro’s Texas Bistro in San Antonio, TX (read about my culinary adventure), and Cantina Laredo in Wesley Chapel, FL. But be prepared to shell out around 10 bucks for it, which seems to be the average. It’s all for the novelty and the show, I suppose. (more…)


Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, no matter the time. For this recipe, my inspiration was the wonderful produce available this time of year and my deep affection for egg-based breakfast/brunch foods. I hit up my local produce stand, then got in the kitchen and got my frittata on!

This frittata recipe is super simple, even easier then making an omelet and without all the flipping and fuss. I love the array of colorful vegetables that are now available at the produce stands and just about all of them would be great in this dish. I used almost every color in the rainbow in my frittata: a yellow tomato, red cubanelle pepper (comparable to a bell pepper, but a bit sweeter), verdent spinach and arugula, and red (actually, purple) onion. (more…)


Barbecue sauce is one of my favorite things on the entire planet. I don’t discriminate — sweet, tangy, thick, runny, you name it and I’m a fan. It’s the main reason I go out for barbecue in the first place. This versatile condiment is not only great for grilling, there are a plethora of uses for barbecue sauce (most of which I have tried) as a marinade, slathered on meatloaf, french fry dip, substitute for tomato sauce on pizza or spaghetti, pretty much in and on anything. Maybe not on cereal, though. I draw the line there. I have tried tons of different types and this following recipe is one of my top favorite barbecue sauces I’ve ever consumed.

Vinegar is the main ingredient in barbecue sauce and I’d never seen one that used balsamic in place of red or white, so this piqued my interest. I had seen this recipe for balsamic-based barbecue sauce on Giada DiLaurentiis’ show Everyday Italian on Food Network a few months ago and jumped at the chance to make it. I love this version because of its unique, slightly sweet, and rich flavor. I could even eat it on ice cream (maybe not on cereal though). Seriously tasty. (more…)

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