Recipe :: Mango Rhubarb Cobbler


Rhubarb and mangos are both at their peak, so I combined them to make this sweet and tart cobbler.  Serve it for dessert at a backyard BBQ.  It's easy to transport if you make the biscuits ahead of time, prep the fruit, and bake it at your destination while dinner is cooking. The recipe for the biscuit topping is inspired by Mesa Grill's … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Beet & Apple Slaw


Beet and apple slaw is as delicious as it is healthy.  This simple slaw is the perfect side dish for a picnic; it can be made up to 2 days in advance and it travels well. This original Hip Hostess recipe was published in Rochester Healthy Living Magazine (June 2010, page … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Grilled Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad


This recipe came about when I was cooking for a crowd but only had 4 ears of corn from my crop-share. Cutting corn off the cobb is a great way to make a little corn go a long way and mixing it with other complimentary ingredients, such as basil and tomato, adds a burst of summer flavor. Grilling the corn makes the natural sugars caramelize and … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Ouzo Lamb Meatballs (Kaftedes)


The best lamb burger I ever had was prepared  by a Greek man at a farmer's market in Kinsale, Ireland.  The secret ingredient, he told me, was the addition of ouzo - a Greek anise-flavored spirit (similar to Italy's Sambuca).  So I decided to make lamb meatballs using ouzo and they were phenomenal!  Don't be afraid of the anise flavor - it isn't … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles


This recipe is the perfect example of how a single seasonal ingredient like asparagus can be transformed into a spectacular appetizer when paired with a few other choice ingredients.  Blanched asparagus and creamy herbed cheese are enveloped by paper-thin slices of prosciutto.  Although tying the chives is a bit time-consuming, the wow factor makes … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Spring Pea & Parmesan Pasta


Spring is in the air in my kitchen, even if the weather isn’t showing steady signs of the season.  Although peas aren’t generally my favorite vegetable, I am always drawn to their perky color come spring.  Peas and mint are a classic combination because the bright green color and creamy texture is complimented by mint’s equally bright and fresh … [Read more...]