Archive for the ‘Appetizers’ Category

Yellowfin Ahi Tataki with Truffle Soy Emulsion is another great recipe from Chef Eric Garrett at Hawaii’s Resident Beach House restaurant. I’ve been pining over this for quite awhile and Chef was nice enough to share with me. The bonus is that this is a healthy recipe and easy to prepare at home, but it lives and […]

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Looking for the perfect fresh salsa for appetizer tortilla chips? Try Chef Eric Garret‘s trio of fabulous fresh salsas next time you want to impress guests. The “kick” varies in each salsa and, best of all,  these can be made early in the day before guests arrive. Chef Eric shares his recipe from the fabulous […]

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  Every year I need to rerun this post for “Party Mix,” “Nuts N Bolts” or “Doo Dads.” My family expects bowls of this addictive snack for Christmas.  I start making the mix mid November and put in the freezer before adding the liquid ingredients. Each bowl is labeled for a particular family member. This solves the […]

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This Cannellini Recipe was inspired by a trip to Tuscany last year with Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastracusa. This is simple, healthy and quick to prepare. Every Thursday evening is Tuscany Night on the beach at The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Chef Nick gives a nod to Tuscany, Italy with his Tuscan inspired menu. Ingredients are fresh […]

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Four Season’s  Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastrascusa is always changing the BeachTree restaurant menu at Four Seasons’s Resort Hualalai on the Big Island of Kona, Hawaii. Count on fresh, local ingredients and creative ideas when it comes to salads. This Roasted Carrot Salad with Crispy Proscuitto and Gorgonzola is perfect if you love an autumn twist […]

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Peter Canlis Prawns adds vermouth and freshly squeezed lime juice to create a delicious twist for this mouth watering appetizer. It is featured at Canlis restaurant in Seattle and is another favorite of mine, along with the  Canlis salad. SERVES: 3 – 4 INGREDIENTS 5-15 Black Tiger Prawns, 16/20’s, shells removed and reserved 2 tablespoons […]

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Wolfgang Puck’s versatile Potato Galette can be served for breakfast, brunch or even the post Oscar dinner for the  Governor’s Ball. Enjoy! SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 1 1/2  pounds baking potatoes, peeled 2         teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 1/2     teaspoon salt 1/4     teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 1/2     cup olive oil DIRECTIONS With a sharp chef’s knife, slice the […]

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Want an easy appetizer for summer?  Bobby Flay’s Grilled Potato and Goat Cheese Napoleon with Balsamic-Basil Vinaigrette is perfect. I love taking advantage of fresh basil and chives, especially when I can go outside and pick the herbs  from my garden. Most of this dish can be assembled in advance and grilled just before serving. […]

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Love. Love. Love this salad. It’s of my all time favorites. Otherwise known as “Salade De Laitue,” this is an elegant, classic and sure to be one of the most popular you will serve to guests for special evenings or a standby at home. The fresh herbs make all the difference. As Thomas Keller explains, “The […]

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This Grilled Mussels with Red Onions, Garlic and Basil recipe is from Brazil’s fabulous  Ponta Dos Ganchos.   Chef Luiz Salvajoli shares his unique combination of fresh ingredients in this fabulous mussel dish that takes advantage of the local seafood caught nearby. I love healthy recipes that are easy to prepare, but have a twist. The […]

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