Category Mediterranean

Charred Lemon Vinaigrette over Seared Ahi Tuna

Bright, piquant, light and refreshing; the perfect weeknight summer dinner. Serve with a roasted green vegetable and a glass of dry white wine and you’ve got yourself a real treat.

Mussels and Chorizo in Spicy Garlicky Tomato Sauce

This dish combines the bold flavors of Italy and Spain. Simple to make, hearty and delicious, this will likely make it into your regular rotation.

Panko Macadamia Nut-Crusted Fish Filets

This quick fish recipe comes together in 30 minutes and won’t leave your kitchen smelling like fish or fish stuck to you pan. Serve with homemade tartar sauce, lemon wedges and a few slices of ripe avocado.

Lamb Kebabs, Rice Pilaf, Homemade Hummus

I finally broke out – and cleaned – the grill after what was one of the coldest, wettest “winters” on record here in Southern California.  I had a lot of fun making many warming soups and stews and one pot wonders that were perfect for cold winter nights, but now that we’re at the beginning […]

Salmon Poached in White Wine with Penne and Asparagus

This delicious seafood pasta dish comes together in about 45 minutes, is simple to make and relatively inexpensive.  Its clean, bright flavor profile yields a result greater than the sum of its parts and it is therefore both perfect for a weeknight dinner and elegant enough for a romantic dinner for two. Time: 45 minutes […]

Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic Cream Sauce

The thing that makes this dish is the garlic cream sauce.  A fusion between Mediterranean and French flavor profiles, this dish is at the same time both tangy and mellow, sweet and savory and all-around amazing. Time – Active: 60 minutes Time – Inactive:  2-4 hours of marination for the lamb and 45 minutes to […]

Caesar Salad

This Homemade Caesar Salad is tangy, delicious and the perfect compliment to almost any meal. Time: 10 minutes Level: Easy Cost: About $4 (for the whole thing!) Serves: 4- 6 Ingredients 1 Egg (Coddled, if you wish, or 2 egg yolks) 3-4 cloves garlic. minced 2 teaspoons dry ground mustard 2 teaspoons Anchovy Paste (optional, […]

Seared Lamb Loin with Garlic and Lemon

Lamb tends to be one of those things that people either love or hate.  For a long time, I hated it because the only way I’d ever had it prepared was slow braised in a crockpot, stew-style, and served with mint jelly.  While that may be some people’s cup of tea, it wasn’t mine.  Then […]

Arugula Salad with Lemon and Olive Oil

This is my go-to salad for serving alongside barbecued or grilled meat.  The pepperiness of the arugula, combined with the jolt of fresh acidity from the lemon juice and the sharp flavor of freshly grated Parmesan cheese is the perfect compliment to a smoky savory piece of meat or poultry fresh off the grill.  And […]

Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

    “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez Paella is that it is a social dish.