martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives.

okay, one more recipe from my dinner party ~ these were such a hit. by now, people who like cocktails all know about martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives, right?  and i’ve made them at home before.  but not THIS GOOD. here’s the trick:  go to costco and get the green, already-pitted CASTELVETRANO OLIVES.  they come in super large jars, and aren’t very expensive at … Continue reading martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives.

lavender creme brulee w/fresh berries.

okay, this recipe was completely stolen from the internet.  but i did i lot of searching to find a really good one ~ and this is my favorite.  it was so incredibly good.  people were moaning and hmmm-ing and ooo-ing as they ate it, and i wish i had made seconds for everyone. this recipe is from the helpful website “FOOD.” in fact, here’s the … Continue reading lavender creme brulee w/fresh berries.

chilled asparagus soup w/goat-yogurt cheese.

this recipe is adapted from food network chef anne burrell’s chilled asparagus soup ~ but tweaked it quite a bit.  i looked and looked for a chilled asparagus soup that would ensure a bright green, beautiful color.  and i really didn’t find one, so i added a few ingredients to get the green color i wanted.  it was still a little darker than i like, … Continue reading chilled asparagus soup w/goat-yogurt cheese.

pesto “zoodles” w/artichoke hearts and tomatoes.

oh man.  this was good.  who needs pasta when you have zoodles?  look, i know pasta is incredible, but to gorge yourself on these zoodles and still feel so clean and wonderful and good, why wouldn’t you?  i’m sold. you need a spiraler.  maybe you can buy one online?  on williams-sonoma, or sur la table.  i got mine at sur la table for $24. here’s … Continue reading pesto “zoodles” w/artichoke hearts and tomatoes.