Espresso Brownies

These are truly special brownies… but the special ingredient in this case is the espresso. If you want something even quicker, use your favorite boxed brownie mix, and just add the espresso frosting. mmm.

Veggie Steamed Dumplings

Veggie Steamed Dumplings

These are one of our favorites. A bit time consuming to make all the little fellas, but well worth it. Have I mentioned that a bamboo steamer is the best $20 you’ll ever spend?...

Penne with Sugar Snap Peas

Penne with Sugar Snap Peas

This dish had potential. The snap peas have a really nice, slightly sweet, but refreshing flavor. I think we might have ruined it by using whole wheat pasta… yes, I know it’s healthy, but...

Dry Fried Calamari

Dry Fried Calamari

To top off the top-notch tapas, we made calamari. We bought a bag of frozen, pre cut calamari, and it was surprisingly good. I like this dry fried version, as it is very light...

Top-Notch Tapas

Top-Notch Tapas

Did I mention we love tapas? :) We made a whole night of it on Saturday, and it was quite delicious. Don’t forget the Red Wine Sangria! Warm Citrus Olives Directions Take a few...

Salmon with Thai Red Curry and Bok Choy

Salmon with Thai Red Curry and Bok Choy

Have I mentioned that Taylor is a curry addict? Needless to say he was really excited when I found this recipe, as I don’t really like or ever want to cook curry. It’s usually...

Asparagus Napoleons with Oriental Black Bean Sauce

Asparagus Napoleons with Oriental Black Bean Sauce

Impressive looking, not so impressive tasting. These had the potential to be good, but somehow the combination of the rich, buttery puff pastry and the bitter asparagus didn’t go so well. If it weren’t...

Pea Shoot and Spinach Salad with Bacon and Shiitake

Pea Shoot and Spinach Salad with Bacon and Shiitake

Forgive me for posting all these at once. From the way I post, it seems like we eat three meals at once, then starve for the rest of the week. hehe. Apologies, I always...

Lamb Chops with Cherry Balsamic Glaze

Lamb Chops with Cherry Balsamic Glaze

We splurge every now and then. We eat pretty economically for the most part, and usually get one ‘special’ thing every week, usually that means shrimp or scallops, but this week, lamb. This is...

Grilled Salmon with Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

This was a good one. Made a lot of sauce, but we stuck the leftovers in the freezer for future use. Since peaches aren’t quite yet in season here, we used a jar of...

Pasta with Roasted Provencal Vegetable Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Provencal Vegetable Sauce

A nice, hearty pasta. We made the entire recipe and had more than enough for lunch the next day and then some. I’m not usually a big tomato sauce fan, but this was good...

Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Red Chile Oil

Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Red Chile Oil

This is a recipe for true garlic lovers. We bought so much garlic this week it was ridiculous… the woman checking us out at the store thought we were going on a vampire hunt....