Watermelon Lime Cooler

We moved to Arizona last summer — at the END of the summer. Sure, it was hot, but the mornings and the evenings were divine. It has been such a great move for us in so many ways. I read several books outside, sitting on the patio, sipping this drink. Good times! Ingredients 1/2 cup…

BLT Corn Summer Salad

Sweet corn, tomatoes, basil — flavors that scream of summer — and bacon, of course, because EVERYTHING tastes better with bacon! Ingredients 6 slices bacon , chopped 6 ears fresh sweet corn, kernels cut from the cob. Note: The freshest corn — field to kitchen — needs nothing to be perfect. But, if your corn isn’t killer sweet, I…

Carne Asada, Street Tacos Style

We grew up on ground beef tacos — and I thought they were delicious at the time, but as I became an adult it was a major revelation to see the vast array of what tacos could be — carnitas (pretty much my fave), chicken, fish, guajillo beef and so many others. INGREDIENTS Marinade: 5 tablespoons low…

Fire and Ice Melon Salad

Serves 8 This is a John Ash recipe. I took a couple of cooking classes from him, and this is one of the recipes we made. It’s a perfect summertime dish to start a lunch or dinner.  The heat of the serrano chiles contrasts with the cool, refreshing melon and the mint and lime to…

Chicken Orzo Soup

It’s amazing that I’ve been craving chicken soup in 100 degree weather, but I am — and not any kind of chicken soup but one that is crammed with veggies, pasta, and herbs, and this is what it looks like. And in a feeble attempt to make it healthy, I slid in 2 or 3…

Peach Jalapeno Martini

This comes from Mark and Tony from way, way, WAYYYYYYYY back! Still a super delicious cocktail. Makes two: 4 oz Peach Vodka 2 oz White Cranberry Juice 1 oz Triple Sec Juice of one lime 1 Tsp. Sugar Add ice to shaker and two slices of Jalapeno (take out the seeds).  Muddle the ice and Jalapeno a bit – not too…

Quadruple Chocolate Brownies

These are absolutely the best brownies ever — the recipe is by Michael Recchiuti, a chocolatier in San Francisco. I think I’ve been making these since the Christmas of 2005 — for 16 years now. Make them for you family and friends — and you will have them under your control!! Ingredients Ingredient Checklist 1…

Ultimate Bolognese Sauce

I have a handful of recipes that I make again and again again — chocolate chip cookies, Parmesan vinaigrette, beef barley stew, Zuni chicken and this recipe — Marcela Hazan’s bolognese. It is perfect as written — and it is easy to make and so incredibly delicious. In fact, I think I’ll make it again…

Gazpacho

Bread mixture 7 oz (about 1/2 a loaf) French Bread — crust removed — La Brea is a good choice 1/4 cup champagne or white wine vinegar 1/4 cup sherry vinegar Soak the bread in 1 cup water, champagne vinegar and sherry vinegar for 10 to 15 minutes until the bread is completely soft. Vegetables4…

Parmesan Vinagrette

I’m a creature of habit. I’ve been using a standard vinaigrette dressing (minced shallots, olive oil, mustard, and some kind of vinegar) for decades. But, I recently had a revelation when I tried this parm vinaigrette from ATK. THIS is my new favorite. Try it. You’ll LOVE it! Whisk 3/4 cup finely grated (microplane) Parmesan…

Churro Cookies

There’s a cookie store here in the Phoenix area called Crmbl that makes these giant cookies — I always tell myself I’m going to divide them into quarters, but then I eat the whole dang cookie. These are my new FAVORITE cookies (actually second favorite because I truly do love the Milk Bar Chocolate chip…

MilkBar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay. I am so very serious when I say that these are the easiest and the most delicious chocolate chip cookies ever! Chrisina Tosi of the Milk Bar in NYC (which I have never been to) SLAYS THESE! One day I’m going to go there — but for now, making these at home is more…