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Category Archives: appetizers | small plates

red, white, and blue salad

Summer is here!  This simple recipe (not even one really?) has become my new breakfast staple, but it’s delish for any time of the day.  It would also be a perfect addition to your July 4th menu! I love the combination of flavors in this salad.  You have the saltiness from the feta cheese, the […]

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hearts of palm salad with olives and ham

This salad is a twist on the famous 1905 Salad at the Columbia Restaurant – a Tampa and Sarasota, FL Spanish-Cuban dining establishment that dates back to 1905 – and there is a little story on how this recipe came to be. Let’s go back to 1999 – a very important year because that’s the year […]

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pesto-caprese flatbread

I found this in my recipe queue and since we’re on somewhat of a flatbread kick this week, it’s a good time to get it up on the blog!  It’s another flatbread dish that really doesn’t require a recipe – just have fun using as much or as little of the ingredients as you wish.  I […]

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greek flatbread with genoa salami and feta

  Flatbreads don’t really need a recipe…..just choose your favorite flatbread, add toppings, bake, and enjoy!  I marinated the tomatoes in a flavorful extra-virgin olive oil along with kosher salt, coarse ground black pepper, and a good dose of dried Mediterranean oregano which provided the dish with an extra layer of flavor.  I LOVE feta […]

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spicy squid with grapefruit butter and bacon

Isn’t everything better with bacon?  I don’t make it often, but this recipe pretty much begs for it to be added.  And I haven’t made squid in a while either and don’t know why.  It’s economical, low-calorie, and doesn’t always need to be fried for calamari.  Well, maybe it does need to be fried often […]

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