Tomato soup and grilled cheese are a match made in heaven. Besides it’s a perfect starter for a romantic Valentine’s dinner! A medley of tomatoes, basil, onions and bell pepper, simmered with broth and a little cream and then topped with a heaping spoonful of finely grated parmesan come together to crest this toast dish for those wild and woolly wintery nights.
In our house, olives are king and we eat a lot of them … often straight out of the jar, but we especially love them stuffed with blue cheese, rolled in bread crumbs and lightly fried in olive oil! As the breadcrumb crust browns, the olives heat up and the blue cheese melts, making them absolutely irresistible! If you enjoy olives, as much as we do, you just might need to double this recipe! They also happen to be a perfect munchie for Super Bowl parties!
Hummus is such a great all-around food! We blend sautéed shallots blended into the hummus and serve crispy, roasted shallots on top as a garnish. You can even use the roasted shallots as a dipper for the hummus. It’s perfect for dipping pita wedges and it’s delicious served with veggies. It makes a fantastic spread for wraps and it’s yummy just by the spoonful. No wonder it’s a staple of the Mediterranean diet! We always serve it as a dipper for our Turkish meatballs (that recipe is coming soon).
These crostini are fantastic served as an appetizer, and they also make a fancy cheesy bread to go with your next pasta dish. We love them because not only are they super easy to make, but they seem like a whole lot of work went into them. We love Boursin cheese precisely for this reason. It is the perfect backdrop for so many creative recipes. In this case, with caramelized shallots and cherry tomatoes, voila, you’ve got a quick and tasty snack for your next gathering!
Our friend Tyler served these tasty baked jalapeño poppers for hors d’oeuvres one night and we thoroughly enjoyed them! The novelty of adding chorizo to the cheese filling and wrapping them in bacon made them pretty darn irresistible! When we made them, we added some grated sharp cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of Tajin seasoning and we loved that addition, too!
We just can't get enough of this amazingrainbow Swiss chard! Not only is it spectacularly beautiful with the colors of a desert sunset, but it also tastes delicious! Sometimes we can’t decide whether to use it as a floral arrangement or eat it! We always opt for eating because it’s so delicious sauteed with just a touch of garlic, some shallots and a little lemon pepper … but not before we take a dozen photos of it! It’s especially beautiful out in the sunlight, where the colors practically glow, they are so vibrant.
Homemade granola is a super special breakfast treat, sure to kickstart your day in a positive, happy direction! Our recipe is called "Nutty Granola" for a really good reason: it's chock-full of nuts! We toss in pecans, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios plus sesame and pumpkin seeds, but you can swap those out for any nuts and seeds you like best! We sweeten it with a little bit of brown sugar and agave syrup, which also helps to make it nice and crunchy! Spiced with cinnamon and cardamom, this is not only fun to make, but fun to eat and makes a great gift to bring to friends and family!
We love chocolate cake and this is one of our very favorites! This decadent cake has become our "go-to" chocolate cake for any occasion! It's super easy to make, calls for no eggs, and can be dressed up or down. You can make a three-layer cake or 24 cupcakes with this same recipe. Sometimes we make it with a fun twist and other times we leave it simply and divinely chocolate!
The key to this "pitcher perfect" margaritas is no mix whatsoever but just fresh lime juice, light blue agave syrup, good quality tequila, Cointreau, pink salt, and a lot of ice cubes! Try to sip slowly!
From the garden, a rainbow of veggies: tomatillos, jicama, cilantro, tomatoes, poblano peppers, red bell peppers and lettuce. From the pantry: kidney beans + tortilla chips + taco seasoning. From the fridge: grated cheese + taco-seasoned ground turkey. Toss it all in a zesty and tangy lime-salsa vinaigrette and you’ve got a healthy and robust dinner to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites!
Lemons & Olives - a perfect match made under the sun! Chicken marinated with Meyer lemons, garlic, oregano and olive oil, and baked with shallots, artichoke hearts, capers, thyme, parsley and green olives. It is hard to describe how delicious this is! You feel like you’re eating your way through an open-air Mediterranean market. Serve it with rice, roasted potatoes or hummus.