Tomato, Green Olive and Fresh Herb Salsa with Pan Seared Scallops

It's been a busy summer.  And we're not done yet!  Although school starts soon (doin' a happy dance right now) it still feels like summer in these parts and I've got a few more summer recipes to post.  Here in the Northwest, we hang on to summer as … [Read more...]

Tomato Gorgonzola Vinaigrette over Grilled Beef Tenderloin

It's summertime and that means I'm livin life in the fast lane these days.  Although my fast lane is very possibly most people's slow lane. The days are long this time of year and I jam pack these days with as much as possible.  I believe my … [Read more...]

Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa with Fresh Basil

I've got a big yellow bowl sitting on my kitchen counter.  I love that bowl.  It looks like sunshine.  And it’s overflowing with all my beautifully delicious fruits and veggies.   I also love my big yellow bowl because one of my dear friends gave it … [Read more...]

Skillet Tamale Pie

I have a chalkboard hanging in my kitchen that says "Menu".  Most of the time it displays Suzie Q's artistic expressions and maybe a quote or two.  I hung it in the kitchen with the intention of posting our weekly menu, but most of the time I don't … [Read more...]

Roasted Ratatouille with Fresh Herbs served over Toasted Baguette Slices

It was a busy first day of the work week and once again I arrived home late with all my grocery bags in hand, only to realize it was 5pm.  Great.  I knew I had something in mind for dinner but I couldn't remember what it was. I checked my frig and … [Read more...]

Spicy Tomato And Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Years ago when I lived in Arizona, there was a delightful little Mexican cantina that we loved to frequent.  The food was simply divine.  The atmosphere transported you to another time, another place, and made sipping their signature Blueberry … [Read more...]

Roasted Fresh Seasonal Fish with Herb Butter, Tomatoes and Garlic

Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to dinner in the Bennett house.  This doesn't mean we like to sacrifice quality or flavor, it just means some days we need dinner in a jiffy.   Fresh fish is fast.  It's easily paired with fresh … [Read more...]

Steak with Tomato and Garlic Sauce (Bistecca alla Pizzaiola)

Steak and potatoes, steak and fries, steak and salad, why not steak with tomatoes and garlic?  This is a delicious old world Italian recipe that is truly fresh and simply divine.  Originating in Naples, this fabulous dish is easily prepared but … [Read more...]

Fresh Seasonal Fish Topped With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Shallots, Lemon and Fresh Herbs

It's that time of year when I suddenly realize all the beautiful fresh local tomatoes will soon be a distant memory until they arrive once again next summer.   I'm now in a full-fledged panic to use as many of those juicy tomatoes as I possibly can.  … [Read more...]

Simple Halibut Ceviche

Ceviche is one of the simplest seafood recipes to prepare.  I know you're probably thinking I've had way too much sun on vacation, but truly, ceviche can be simple, flavorful and delicious and a perfect summer starter. Ceviche recipes are abundant … [Read more...]

Jacque Pepin’s Poached Snapper with Fresh Tomatoes and Cucumber Tournes

Simplicity is bliss, especially when preparing dinner.  Often simplicity can translate to boring or tasteless, but when a recipe utilizes the fresh flavors of herbs, aromatics and summer produce, the recipe becomes simple to prepare and complex in … [Read more...]

Fish Stew With Fennel, Fire Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic

Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to a fabulous weeknight meal.   Sometimes recipes are much better when the ingredients are fresh but simple.  That couldn't be more true for this divine fish stew! I came across a Provencal Fish … [Read more...]