Private Event Menu Selections

These are just a sampling of the menus we prepare in our cooking events. All of my menus are designed to be seasonal, and can even focus on a particular theme or cuisine. I am happy to work with you to customize your menu around any dietary needs. I look forward to creating something delicious […]

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Orzo and Herb Pesto Vinaigrette

10 ounces orzo (about 1 1/2 cups) 6 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 medium zucchini or summer squash, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices 8-10 asparagus spears, ends trimmed 1 medium red onion, sliced into 1/2-1/4 inch disks 1 red or yellow bell pepper 2 cups sliced grape or cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup thinly […]

Quick Banana Bread

You will not need a mixer for this recipe. You need ripe bananas that are half browned. Ingredients 3 very ripe bananas, peeled 1/3 cup melted butter 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 3/4 cup sugar 1 large egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup white wheat flour Raw […]

Fried Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara

1 1/2 cups Italian-style dried breadcrumbs or Panko 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon salt 2 (16-ounce) blocks pasteurized mozzarella cut into 4 by 1/2-inch sticks 4 large eggs, beaten to blend large basil leaves 1 1/2 cups vegetable, canola, or high heat oil 4 cups Marinara Sauce In a large skillet or wide […]

Modern Day One Pot Mexican

1.5 lbs. of boneless chicken, pork or beef – cut into large bite size cubes 1 generous tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1.5 teaspoons oregano 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Salt Olive Oil 1 large bell pepper – chopped (optional) 1 large or 2 medium onions – chopped 3 large garlic clove – chopped 1 […]

Avocado & Tomatillo Dip

3/4 pound fresh tomatillos 3 California avocados 1 or 2 Serrano or jalapeno peppers, minced 1/3 bunch chopped fresh cilantro sprigs 2 fresh limes -juiced, or to taste 1/2 a large onion finely chopped red or white Salt – a generous amount to taste Remove husks and rinse tomatillos under warm water to remove stickiness. […]

Chicken Tacos with Onion Cilantro Relish

                    4 cups, cooked chicken breasts, chopped small one medium onion, chopped small 1 bag Mexican shredded cheese 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried Lettuce 1/3 cup Cilantro 1 small Onion Soft Corn Tortillas Heat your largest skillet or [...]

Horseradish Crusted King Salmon

4-6 King Salmon filets 4-6 oz. each 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp Whole grain mustard 3 tbsp Mayonnaise 4 Scallions, chopped fine 1 tbsp chopped parsley 3 cups fresh breadcrumbs, made from a fresh loaf of bread 3-4 tbsp fresh horseradish Salt and pepper Mix together mustard, mayonnaise, scallions, and parsley in a small […]

Spring Risotto

1 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 cups chopped onion 1 cup chopped fennel 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice 2/3 cup dry white wine 4 to 5 cups simmering chicken stock, preferably homemade 1 pound thin asparagus 6 ounces frozen peas, defrosted, or 1 1/2 cups shelled fresh peas 6 […]