Author: Jennifer D.

Healthy Cookout Options for The Summer Party Season

Summer is upon us and it’s time to fire up the grill!  We wanted to create a healthier backyard cookout. That meant we would avoid some of the usual suspects and create a menu that was both appealing and delicious but also nutritious. Watch our Healthy Cookout Segment on WFLA Daytime Television Our menu included: Citrus Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Pineapple Pico de Gallo Grilled Aussie Grassfed Ribeye with Chimichurri Aussie Grassfed Goat Cheese Stuffed Burgers with Fig Jam & Spinach Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Oven Roasted Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic Glaze and Basil Strawberry...

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Two Simple Tricks to The Best Shrimp Cocktail Ever!!

It’s almost summer time and one off my favorites with a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc is Shrimp cocktail.  Here are my secrets to the perfect shrimp cocktail. I’m helping my good friend Merry with the wedding brunch for her son David’s wedding this weekend and she requested my perfect shrimp cocktail.  I’m happy to oblige.  Shrimp cocktail is one of those things that when it is great it can be one of the best things you’ve ever had but when it is bad you want to discreetly spit it out in your napkin.  I love shrimp cocktail.  It...

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The English Toffee of my Childhood Made Easy

It’s that time of year when making treats becomes a daily ritual.  Here is the first of our classic treats revisited for the holiday season.  Emjoy! My childhood memories around English Toffee are varied.  On a good year it would turn out perfectly with that crisp caramel brittle underneath, followed by the sweet chocolate, and topped off with the toasted nuts.  Other years when the sugar would crystalize, it still tasted good but mom wasn’t quite as happy with it.  When my mom officially turned the toffee guantlet over to me a few years ago, I went into research mode...

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Cooking with Salt!

There is nothing like a perfectly season scalloped seared to a golden color and  served with a light citrus sauce and performing this ritual on a salt block takes it to new heights.  My good friend Dawn got me a Salt Block and I’ve been excited to give it a try and now I’m hooked. I’ll be experimenting with other things so stay tuned but here is a quick recipe to break in your new salt block. First a couple of pointers to help maintain your salt block for a long time. 1.  Heat your salt block slowly so it doesn’t...

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Rosemary Infused Chocolate Olive Oil Truffles with Hazelnuts

A few years ago I was inspired to substitute olive oil in a recipe that I would normally use butter in.  My creation was to a truffle recipe using olive oil in the ganache instead of butter.  The result is an amazingly smooth and silky truffle with a clean flavor that was all about the chocolate.  Not greasy or oily at all.  It was so good it was “like buttah” as Mike Meyers character on SNL use to say.   But it’s not buttah, its bettah than buttah!! Here is the super easy recipe! Rosemary Infused Olive Oil Truffles with Toasted...

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