Appetizers

Homemade Black Olive Tapenade

Homemade Black Olive Tapenade

Pack your bags, we’re going on the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean Sea and making tapenade today—the sublime spread of black kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and various additions. This bold dip usually goes immensely well on sourdough bread (toasted or not) and other dishes like […]

Nuts & Spices Blend

Nuts & Spices Blend

Here is the thing. This is not necessarily an authentic dukkah recipe, the popular Middle Eastern (predominantly Egyptian) condiment traditionally used as a dip with a splash of extra virgin olive oil with bread. It’s a blend of nuts (traditionally hazelnuts and pistachios) and spices. […]

Polenta Crostini with Mushroom

Polenta Crostini with Mushroom

For this week’s recipe, we’ll make Polenta Crostini with Mushroom Crostini, a golden, crisp polenta medley topped with sauteed mushrooms and fresh herbs. This appetizer effortlessly combines rustic simplicity with gourmet elegance, promising a delightful burst of flavors in every bite. Perfect for any occasion, […]

Simple Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Simple Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Let’s roll our sleeves and start making this easy-to-follow recipe for homemade sausage rolls. Flaky puff pastry encases a flavorful blend of seasoned sausage, creating a perfect handheld treat for any occasion.As a twist, we’ll add a creamy feta cheese mix to elevate the taste […]

Bruschetta 7 Ways

Bruschetta 7 Ways

How about trying a tempting 7-way bruschetta recipe, where each bite is a symphony of flavors? From classic tomato and basil to innovative roasted pepper and feta cheese pairings, this collection promises a delightful explosion of taste and texture. Elevate your appetizer game and impress […]

Mushroom Pastry

Mushroom Pastry

It all started with the ridiculous amounts of mushroom I usually buy from the grocery store. I always over estimate the quantity for mushroom consumption in our family. So, as it is with all those brilliant ideas, when stars align and you have just the […]

Salame di Brianza

Salame di Brianza

I agree, lately my blog’s flavor leans on the meaty side. This all has to do with my latest fascination with cured meats, and the craft of charcuterie I consider an art worthy of a pedestal. After some (failed) attempts at curing sausage, some of which grew beards (literally), I finally got a grip on some of the key rules, so here is the the first successful result – Salame di Brianza!

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon wrapped dates, A delicious finger food appetizer that’s very easy to prepare. Here is the recipe with simple tips.

40 and Chicago’s Chopping Block

40 and Chicago’s Chopping Block

On the event of turning the first digit in my age to (4)0, and still not knowing what I want to be when I grow up, my sweet wife Steph got me a surprise gift of attending one of the cooking classes at the Chicago Chopping Block cooking school.

Eggplant Dip

Eggplant Dip

One of the recipes I recall from early childhood in Romania was one that my Grandmother, Mom and virtually everyone would make on a warm summer afternoon – as an enchanting snack, the eggplant dip. A remarkable eggplant recipe, this simple eggplant dip can be […]