This one isn’t rocket science, but it’s the flavor profile that knocks my socks off. These Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries and Pineapple with Serrano and Rosemary are so simple to put together and yet so good.
Wanting a quick side dish, roasted vegetables are always a welcomed addition in this house, like these Roasted Vegetables with Chile Yogurt, Cilantro Mint Sauce and Salted Pepitas or even these Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Celery with Pecans, Rosemary and Lime. There are times I wonder if I could be a vegetarian with dishes like these.
I find incorporating the tart cranberry and or another tangy citrus fruit works so well with the caramelization of the potatoes and onions. I also threw in a bunch of whole garlic cloves to slow roast and mellow in flavor for a deep, rich, creamy flavor. The heat comes from the Serrano chile and then we pick up some rosemary deliciousness as a back note.
The kicker here is the pineapple. Feel free to use canned, but I recently picked up some amazing fresh ones from the Farmers Market and instead of a smoothie these guys made their way into this wonderful vegetable dish.
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March 4th, 2015
This one isn't rocket science, but it's the flavor profile that knocks my socks off. These Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries and Pineapple with Serrano and Rosemary are so simple to put together and yet so good. Wanting a quick side dish, roasted vegetables are always a welcomed addition in this house, like these R... Read More
March 2nd, 2015
So the lemon tree in my yard is out of control. The neighbors' that hangs in my yard, is out of control. It took my little tree two years before it started producing and now... Who am I to complain? I'm making lemonade out of lemons people! Not only lemonade, but Lemon Cashew Pesto, Lemon Mint Rosemary and Sage Herb Pas... Read More
February 27th, 2015
Today's recipe post, Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Toasted Fregula, follows up on the heels of a previous post for the star ingredient, Moroccan Seven Spice Mix. This spice mixture is essential for the authentic flavor in these wonderful, moist meatballs. If you're a frequent visiter here you know my love of internati... Read More
February 25th, 2015
Every country has their special spice mix; India has it's various curry powders, there is also the delicious Chinese Five Spice and a favorite in my house is this Baharat Arabic Spice Mix and Lebanese Spice Mix. All different mixtures of exotic and hopefully fresh, dry and toasted spices to bring out the best essential ... Read More
February 23rd, 2015
I realize in some parts of the country it's snowing like crazy, but out here in San Diego, California it's still sunny and the lemon tree in my yard is going on overdrive with fresh lemons. I have been making all sorts of new recipes and old, trying to keep up with them. So look for more lemony goodness coming your way,... Read More
February 20th, 2015
Some nights you're just too tired to cook, the weather is dictating it's a comfort food dinner night and you look in the refrigerator and decide to get creative. Well at least I do. Cooking is another creative outlet and not work at all. I love to come up with new flavor profiles, mix and test different ideas and tas... Read More
February 18th, 2015
First off, this isn't about heat, but flavor. Lots of flavor. So follow me on the flavor train people. We love spice and heat, but this is one is a nuanced and flavorful dish. For this recipe I wanted to incorporate quinoa into a stuffed chile and had recently picked up a bag from Costco called Organic Quinoa Ancient... Read More
February 16th, 2015
Nutella, Marshmallow, Cream Cheese Filled Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies. Now that's a mouthful to say, and so are these amazing cookies. As a stand alone, omitting the filling, this has to be the best peanut butter cookie recipe I have made. But as usual, taking it up another notch is always a delicious experience. I m... Read More
February 13th, 2015
Ahh, a delicious, herb encrusted rack of lamb! This is a delicious dish, one I served with baked red potatoes, a mint jalapeño sauce and a crisp salad. The presentation is beautiful and sliced and arranged on the plate these individual lamb chops have a crisp outer herb, breadcrumb coating and a soft delicate pink i... Read More
February 12th, 2015
So Valentines Day is happening soon and these little Dark Chocolate Cherry Pinwheel Shortbread Cookies should hit that sweet spot for that special someone, or if you're single then munch away, you deserve it, right? These are a shortbread cookie that I cut the recipe dough in two. I added a special dark cocoa powder ... Read More