Cranberry Pistachio Salsa with Goat Cheese

A dear family friend in Texas made this dish a few years ago, and my reaction to it was so disproportionately huge and effusive that she (being an extremely classy and thoughtful woman) promptly mailed me a copy of the cookbook it came from. This dish would be a festive and impressive crowd pleasing appetizer…

Scrapple

Some history. Scrapple is something I’ve been coming to terms with since first being introduced to it by my wife some 20 years ago. If you’re from within a 100 mile radius of Philadelphia there is no time you weren’t aware of scrapple and in fact, a life without it may seem inconceivable. Scrapple dates…

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted cherry tomatoes have a special thing going on. They become so potently sweet and intense when you stick ’em in the oven for a few hours, and then they’re good on…..I’m still trying to figure out what they aren’t good on, so they’re good on everything. My favorite though is using them for appetizers,…

Tomato Gruyere Herb Toasts

As has already been stated, I live for summer tomatoes. This is a simple but so dang satisfying summer appetizer/side/lunch/way to consume a whole loaf of bread by yourself when no one is watching. Ingredients: Best loaf of crusty bread you can find. Best summer tomatoes you can find. Gruyere cheese. Dry basil Dry oregano…

Shrimp Salad

We had Peel and Eat Shrimp last night. Honestly, it wasn’t that good, which helps explain why there were three lonely shrimp sitting in the refrigerator this morning. I really didn’t relish the idea of them as leftovers, so I did what you do to any food you want to boost the flavor of, add…

Carrot Tahini Salad

Buying big bags of carrots always seems like a good idea when I need one or two for something, and then the rest always languish till I run out of fridge space and decide it’s time for carrot salad. This recipe is like a fresher, less traditional version of carrot salad (which I think of…

Grilled Kale Salad

Grilling kale may sound like the most obnoxious hipster unnecessary culinary way to ruin a perfectly wonderful vegetable…but let the grill masters hate, it steals the show. Ingredients: (serves 4 adults as a side dish) 2 bunches of Lacinto Kale Olive oil 1/4 cup Plain greek yogurt 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped…

Tabouleh, tabbouli, tabouli, or taboulah

I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, which is home to Lebanese Taverna – the food establishment I miss most in the whole world. I’ve tried to make tabouleh the way they do for years, and it’s never quite as good. But, it’s still worth making (and even more worth going to Arlington and eating theirs…)….