Cilantro Lime Shrimp
Appetizers, Starters, and Snacks / September 3rd, 2016 4:42 pm
Cilantro Lime Shrimp1/2 cup fresh lime juice 
1/4 cup orange marmalade 
3 large garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, washed well, spun dry, and chopped fine 
4 tablespoons olive oil 
1 tablespoon light soy sauce 
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes 
1 pound large (about 24 per pound) shrimp, shelled, leaving tail and first shell section...
Smashed Mint Lemonade
Beverages and Drinks / September 3rd, 2016 7:03 am

Smashed Mint Lemonade6 large lemons, scrubbed, thinly sliced
2 cups loosely packed mint leaves, thick stems trimmed away
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups water
Ice cubes

Using a potato masher, mash sliced lemon slices, mint, 1 cup of the sugar, and 1/2 cup lemon juice in a bowl until smash and juicy, about 5 minutes. Strain lemon mixture through coarse sieve set over another large bowl,...

Italian Turkey Meatballs
Entrees and Main Dishes / September 2nd, 2016 10:08 pm
Italian Turkey Meatballs1.25 pounds lean ground turkey (93/7)
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Romano cheese
1/4 cup curly parsley, finely chopped
1 egg
1 large clove garlic, minced *
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
25.5 oz jar Glen Muir Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

Mix meatball mixture thoroughly. Form into one inch meatballs.

Spray a nonstick medium saute...
Rosemary Focaccia
Breads, Quickbreads, and Muffins / August 16th, 2016 9:14 am
Rosemary Focaccia1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In a large stoneware bowl, stir together the flours and salt. Make a well...
Dilled Cucumber Salad
Salads (Fruit, Vegetable, and Main Dishes) / July 29th, 2016 6:56 pm
2 English hothouse cucumbers, washed, unpeeled, sliced thin
1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly course ground black pepper 

Place cucumber slices in colander and sprinkle and toss with kosher salt. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. 

For dressing, stir vinegar, dill,...
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Entrees and Main Dishes / July 22nd, 2016 6:33 pm
Cilantro Lime Chicken2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro 
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

To prepare chicken, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; toss and let stand 3 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat a grill...
Blueberries with Mint and Cream
Desserts and Sweet Endings / June 17th, 2016 6:15 pm
Blueberries with Mint and Cream2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 pint picked-over blueberries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup well-chilled heavy cream
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest

In a very small saucepan simmer water and 1 tablespoon sugar until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute, and in a small bowl toss with blueberries and mint. Chill blueberry mixture, covered, 15...
Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich
Sandwiches, Tacos, and Wraps / May 19th, 2016 8:18 pm
Tarragon Chicken Salad Sanwiches1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked chopped and cooled *
1/2 light cup mayonnaise (if salad is too dry you can add more)
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
12 slices thin sliced French bread

Cover and chill  for a couple hours, so that the flavors meld.

Serve on thin sliced French bread. Also good served over fresh salad greens accompanied by...

Dried Herb Substitutions

For quick reference, a good rule of thumb is to substitute one teaspoon of crumbled dried , or 1/4 teaspoon powdered or dried herbs for each one tablespoon of fresh herbs called for.

Bay leaves are the only exception to most substitutions. Since they lose much of their flavor when dried, you should replace one fresh bay leaf with two dried bay leaves.


Most herbal flavors and aromas are released by heat. Although fresh herbs are usually preferred, dried versions can be used.


When possible, grind whole spices in a grinder or use a stone mortar & pestle just prior to using for enhanced flavor.


Toasting or dry roasting whole spices in a dry skillet over medium heat before grinding will bring out even more flavor.