Sesame Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with Purple Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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Having fun in the kitchen today, with color……..Purple Potatoes, you have to love them!

Details on the recipe will follow soon…Stay Tuned


Spring Produce Guide

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From Saveur Magazine
April 2015

After a long winter, there’s nothing more welcome than the sight of spring’s first vegetables: Crisp lettuces, earthy morels, slender spears of asparagus, leafy spring onions, fresh peas and green beans, and piles of bright rhubarb join year-round staples like garlic and beets as well as winter favorites nearing the end of their season. In the first of our series of comprehensive seasonal produce guides, we’ve got expert tips for buying, storing, and preparing the best of spring’s bounty, plus recipes for everything from roasted artichokes with a white wine and chile-garlic sauce to a gorgeous rhubarb upside-down cake to vibrant shaved asparagus and carrot salad. Happy cooking!

You can click on the photos to see the information on some of my favorite spring time ingredients.

Or click on the link below for a complete guide for Spring Time produce:
http://www.saveur.com/content/produce-guide-spring?dom=SAV&loc=logo

All photos: Vanessa Rees

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Artichokes

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Aspargus

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Beets

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Carrots

 

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Fava Beans

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Garlic

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Arugula

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Bok Choy


Easter Sunday Dinner 2015

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Easter Sunday Dinner was a simple affair this year. Normally I would have three different proteins: a fish, a rack of lamb, and Cornish Hens and lots of side dishes and at least two desserts.

This year I opted for a more simpler menu,  by serving an appetizer,  a spiral honey baked ham with a few side dishes, and a cake for dessert.

We started off the meal with an appetizer of Pickled Beet Deviled Eggs.

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A  simple salad with sliced pickled baby beets, baby arugula and cherry tomatoes was dressed in a lemony vinaigrette.

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The salad  was followed by main course, a honey baked spiral sliced ham garnished with Blood Oranges and Baby Arugula. The side dishes included Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Green and White Asparagus, and Cinnamon Spiced Carrots.

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And finally, for dessert a simple ” White Rose” yellow cake with butter cream frosting.

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The great thing about a simple menu means that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time sharing stories and fond memories in the making with your family and friends at the dinner table.