Reuben Flatbread

Do you want something super yummy and super easy to take to your next football party? Something filling, great with beer, and no one else will be bringing? Well, you’ve got to try this “Reuben without the sandwich.” A flatbread piled high with pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. If you buy a pre-made pizza crust,…

Watercress Salad with Mango & Avocado

This colorful salad is the perfect combination of sweet and peppery, tangy and mild ingredients. When choosing your mango and avocado for this salad make sure they are not overly ripe. You’ll want everything to hold up being tossed around in the dressing and watercress.

Ahi Poke

Poke (pronounced poh-keh) originated from native Hawaiian fishermen, Lawai’a, who would slice up small reef fish and serve them raw, seasoned with whatever was on hand like sea salt, candlenuts and seaweed. So as Alex’s bachelor party set off to be the Lawai’a of the Atlantic…a little “under the weather” from bachelor party festivities and…

Piña Colada

An army of Koa warriors is infiltrating our saloon armed with Piña Coladas. That’s the way I like to fight! And since we’re boat people we’re going to make this recipe simple, no power tools.

Cocktail Crackers

My friend Carol introduced me to these gluten-free, practically carb-free home made crackers, or as she calls them “burned cheese cookies”. They may sound odd but they are absolutely perfect for cocktail hour. Gin & Tonic cocktails to be precise. Something about that crisp refreshing gin, sweet medicinal tonic, then paired with these salty, semi-charred…

Blueberry Grunt

A Fungy, a Grunt and a Cobbler. This is not the beginning of a joke or a scene from Wizard of Oz. They are all similar dishes of poached fruit with a dumpling-like topping simmered into a gooey, puffy dessert. Their roots are maritime Canada and New England; ground zero: Nova Scotia. And the preferred…

Smokey Sloppy Sliders

If any of you have spent time in Iowa you might be familiar with the traditionally popular Maid-Rites. These little “Sloppy Joes,” or as they call them “loose meat sandwiches,” are what kids grew up on in Iowa. Predating McDonald’s by almost 30 years, I’m guessing they were the vision of what fast food sandwiches…

Caprese Pasta Salad

It’s tomato season!! They’re ripe and fresh off the vine in every market. Plum tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes…you name it. So off to Graul’s I go to get a pound of local tomatoes in a variety of colors. I’m going to mix my favorite Caprese Salad with a little pasta to create a satisfying…