Bobby Flay’s Black Rice

I was looking for a side dish that went with the baby back ribs Leen was making. Something simple, tasty and complementary. I found this dish in Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill cookbook. Along with the rice I took along an unbelievably good bottle of Arrowood Syrah, 2002. BOBBY FLAY”S MESA GRILL BLACK RICE Ingredients: 1 […]


Tomato, Basil and Feta Salad

Another recipe I found online which looked interesting. There wasn’t much left at the end of the party so I assume people liked it. INGREDIENTS 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced 1 small cucumber – peeled, quartered lengthwise, and chopped 3 green onions, chopped 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips 3 tablespoons olive […]


Bobby Flay’s Southwestern French Fries

I usually make my fries Belgian style. They are the best because they are double fried. The first fry gets the potatoes cooked through and tender. The second makes them crunchy. Just perfect. Leen taught me how to make these, but I think I make them better! This recipe uses Belgian fries as the base […]


Tyler Florence’s Mushroom Risotto

This is a Tyler Florence recipe. I’ve tried a few of his recipes and they have been consistently good. This turned out pretty well too. I actually didn’t have any truffle oil so just went without and it was fine. I also made the lobster recipe that’s already on this blog and accompanied all with […]


Macaroni, Corn and Wild Mushroom Pancakes

I wanted to try something a little different for our recent Chianti & Italian food night. After browsing through 500 recipes I decided on these pancakes which seemed interesting and unlikely that anyone else would make these, though wasn’t sure how they would turn out. They actually were a hit with everyone, despite a slow […]