In our house, we will wrap bacon around anything. Avocado? Yes. Chocolate chip cookies? Yes. Shrimp? Most definitely. Bacon-wrapped shrimp are a tried and true appetizer, and look especially delicious on your game day table, accompanied by an ice cold beer. Try dipping them in barbeque sauce, sriracha ranch, or even a raspberry chutney. 1-2 […]

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This bruschetta is slightly unconventional in that it incorporates a smear of fresh, creamy goat cheese, but the flavors meld together perfectly and are reminiscent of a warm chèvre salad. This dish should be served as a first course, with a sparkling wine, ideally enjoyed while your guests are just arriving and hanging out at […]

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Do you know the secret to the perfect ribs? I do, thanks to my grandmother-slash-chef-extraordinaire, Hope Wolf. I probably owe my love of cooking to her, and coincidentally (or aptly!), I am named after her. She has lived in many places different places–Texas, Missouri, Florida, and the Carolinas, to name a few–and is also very […]

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Oh, the joy of a chocolate tart! A slice is pretty much impossible to refuse. This recipe includes not just a rich, ganache-y filling but the exhilarating tartness of fresh raspberries, as well! It is a simple recipe to follow, and serving it up chilled with a dollop of homemade whipped cream will have your […]

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Ciabatta Cucumber Sandwich small

These recipes are from entirely different sources. My Aunt Martine (of Pork Tenderloin fame) can be thanked for the delightful Ciabatta Cucumber Sandwich, which garners love and praise from everyone who tries it. The Mediterranean salad was happened upon in our local TJs, quite by accident, but the resulting meal turned out to be a deliciously […]

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This is one of my favorite fall recipes–it incorporates seasonal ingredients (acorn squash) with the decadence of a cheesy, buttery cream sauce. With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to try it out with your family and add it to the menu for autumn gatherings. Cheers! 1 or more acorn squash, halved lengthwise and […]

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Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin Ah, my lovely Aunt Martine. She was born and raised in France, then married an American soldier (my Uncle George) and came back to the U.S. with him. She has been here since the 1960s but maintains her intriguing French accent, bien sur. Her cooking is legendary, always blending the French penchant for […]

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Steamed Mussels

Steamed Mussels with White Wine and Garlic I learned how to make steamed mussels while living in France. Marie, one of the people I lived with, took me aside one evening and said, “I am going to show you how to make mussels, ze French way. C’est easy!” As with all with French cooking, this […]

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Summertime. America. Hotdogs. If you live in this great nation of ours—or even if you don’t!—you should never let the warm months pass by without enjoying a delicious, bun-wrapped, slathered-with-whatever-floats-your-boat hotdog. More modest in size than its German counterpart, the USA’s version of sausage wrapped in bread can be so much more than just a […]

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