Easter Sunday Menu Ideas

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With Easter just a few days away, it seems like a good time to suggest some recipes for a meal—whether you are planning Easter dinner or brunch. Continue reading

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Israeli Couscous

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This is another recipe that I served with the Grilled Lamb Chops that I suggested for an Easter menu. It is a nice side dish that goes well with meats like lamb or Moroccan Chicken, but could also be served with a roasted chicken or on its own. Continue reading

For Pi Day: Shepherd’s Pie with a Twist

Shepards pie - chicken (2)Because today is Pi Day (3.14)—and next Tuesday is Saint Patrick’s Day—this seems the perfect time to share a great pie recipe, even if it doesn’t have the usual pie crust.

Last fall, I was asked to make shepherd’s pie for a client dinner party. The “twist” was that they asked me to make it healthy and with ground turkey instead of the traditional ground lamb or ground beef (when it would be called a cottage pie). That’s the Irish tradition, anyway.  Continue reading

Wedding Cakes and More


AmandaEthan_0723 (1)Here is just a selection of some of the many cakes I have created over the past few years for friends and clients—who are often the same people! Continue reading

A Simple, Elegant Appetizer

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Sometimes it is the simple preparations that make the biggest impression on clients and guests, especially when you highlight fresh ingredients.

Last summer, I was catering an event for a French-American school family, and my clients requested this appetizer. Ever since then, I have tried to work it into menus for other clients. Continue reading

Mardi Gras Gumbo

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It’s Mardi Gras season down in the South, and Fat Tuesday is upon us. For those of you who do not know, Fat Tuesday is today—the day before Ash Wednesday and the last day before Lent begins. Continue reading

A Nice Winter Salad

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It’s easy to associate salads with spring and summer menus, when the farmers’ markets and our gardens are full of fresh vegetables and leafy greens. But I like to serve salads year round, and there’s no reason you can’t find fresh, organic vegetables for your table even in January. Continue reading