Pineapple Gazpacho

Photo Credit: Sandi Gaertner,, 2017. Chilled  soups are perfect for the summertime. This recipe combines the sweetness of pineapple and the savory taste of basil. The combination of these two flavors is balanced out with a delicate sparkling white wine served along this sublime soup. Adapted from FearlessDining.Com July 2017 Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 … Continue reading Pineapple Gazpacho


Upside Down Pineapple Waffles

    This recipe combines the best of both worlds, waffles and upside down pineapple cake. Centuries ago, cakes were cooked in cast iron skillets over an open fire.  It was easy to add fruit and sugar to the bottom of the skillet and pour  batter over the mixture. Once cooked, flipping it over onto … Continue reading Upside Down Pineapple Waffles

Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

Photo Credit: BoulderLovacore, 2018.   These light and refreshing popsicles  will quench the summer's heat in a heart beat. Unlike traditional and commercially made popsicles that use 100% juice and artificial sweeteners, this recipes uses  coconut water  that adds light flavor and thirst quenching effects. The pineapple juice used may be sweetened or unsweetened. If … Continue reading Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

Shrimp Aguachile

Photo Credit: Wabisabi Green, 2016. Tangy, spicy and sweet is how one would describe this dish and when the thermometer is rising, there are few things more refreshing than aguachile. This traditional Mexican dish originates from the west coast of Nayarit, Mexico. Essentially a version of ceviche, the shrimp are blanched then marinated in a … Continue reading Shrimp Aguachile

 Pork Chops with Collard Green Rice & Mandarin Salsa

Photo Credit:  Blue Apron, 2019.   Collard greens are members of the underrated cabbage family, a staple vegetable in southern cooking. Aptly, the leaves taste like a cross between their cabbage relative and hearty kale. While collards are available in most stores year-round, their peak season falls somewhere between January and April. This easy recipe … Continue reading  Pork Chops with Collard Green Rice & Mandarin Salsa

Shaved Parsnip Salad with Grapefruit

Photo Credit: Romulo Yanes, 2012 Awaken palates with this bright, refreshing salad starring crunchy wisps of parsnip, juicy grapefruit sections, and lots of parsley. This salad is perfect for a light lunch, but it can also be served along a main entrée of roast chicken or pork, ham, or even steak. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 … Continue reading Shaved Parsnip Salad with Grapefruit

Lemon Flower Ice Cream

     Photo Credit: Claire Thomas, The Kitchy Kitchen, 2019. Myra Michelle, my friend since our middle school days, is the 5xs, great- granddaughter of one of France's most famous authors,  Alexandre Dumas (père) (1802-1870) , who wrote classics such as "The Three Muskateers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo". He  was also an exceptional cook and epicure. Dumas was a … Continue reading Lemon Flower Ice Cream