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...]

Party :: Host a Father’s Day “Cook-In”


Don't let the rain ruin your plans for a Father's Day cookout.  You can still throw your favorite father a BBQ in his honor -  just shift gears from a cookout to a “cook-in.”  Here’s a menu that you can make on the grill or in a grill pan.     Cookout or "Cook-In" Menu   Black bean and corn quesadillas Chips and mango salsa Coffee and … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Red & White Quinoa Salad {4th of July}

red and white quinoa salad 4th of july recipe cookout side dish

A make-ahead grain salad, especially one made with quinoa, is one of my favorite sides to serve for a picnic, cookout or backyard BBQ. Quinoa has a great nutty taste, is a very filling side dish, and is a good option for any vegetarians in the crowd because it has a decent amount of protein. There are so many quinoa salads that I like to make, … [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...]