A classic tabbouleh salad recipe, made in the style of my grandmother. Bright flavors, fresh ingredients, and a beautiful presentation make this salad a favorite!
Tabbouleh is one of those salads that I ate all the time growing up. The ingredients are nutritious and the salad is so easy to prepare for a crowd. My mom or grandmother would chop the vegetables while soaking the wheat, mix everything together without measuring, adjust the dressing to taste, and serve. Sometimes it would be paired with a more classic Middle Eastern main dish like stuffed grape leaves, and other times, we’d eat it with takeout pizza. (more…)
Sweeten your summer lemonade with honey, and add a floral flavor with lavender. Honey, lemon, and lavender are a classic flavor combination that comes together beautifully in my raw honey lavender lemonade recipe!
I’ve been on a bit of a lemonade kick this summer, haven’t I? It actually started last November when we took my mother out to dinner at Disney Springs the weekend of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. She decided to order some lemonade, and there was a honey lavender lemonade on the menu. We found it to be very refreshing, and since I enjoy the combination of lavender and lemons, I decided to make a version at home. The project waited a year until she came to visit a few weeks ago… (more…)
If you’re looking for an easy no-bake dessert or a great way to stabilize whipped cream, look no further than this mascarpone whipped cream recipe!
Sometimes the most memorable dish at a meal, is the simplest. It’s incredible to me how a small twist on a basic can make such a lasting impression, as was the case with this recipe. For our 10 year wedding anniversary, the Godfather and I planned a trip to Germany/France. As timing worked out, we traveled in April, but our anniversary isn’t until May. We decided to celebrate close to the event by booking a sitter (Princess A traveled with us), and going to tea at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, just the two of us. It was lovely, as expected, and everything was good, but the celebratory dessert they brought out for us at the end of the meal had me purchasing mascarpone on our next grocery run. (more…)
Turn up the heat on summer puddings by adding tropical flavors and a blowtorch when you make this papaya creme brulee!
Growing up, my mother would buy papaya periodically at the grocery store and encourage us to eat it because it’s loaded with vitamins. It was good, but being spoiled Floridian children with easy access to all sorts of fruit, I think my mother ended up eating most of it. Fast forward a few decades, and I’m turning into my mother, buying papaya, encouraging everyone in the house to eat it, but actually enjoying most of it myself. That last bit is totally my choice. 😉 (more…)
Grilled fish is a light and quick dinner, even on busy weeknights! You can make it on a gas or charcoal grill, or just keep things simple and fire up the grill pan. Shisito peppers add a unique twist to homemade tartar sauce.
This is another recipe inspired by my baby sister’s birthday dinner at Hula Girl in Arlington; the root beer sticky ribs are the other. I’d actually been talking to the Godfather about grilling fish since, oh, February, but it takes him a surprisingly long time to grill compared to his turnaround time for testing barbecue recipes. So, I made this one by myself! On the grill pan (ha!), and then whipped up the sauce using shisito peppers from my garden. Would you like to hear about my gardening (mis)adventures? (more…)