May 9, 2013

Edible Flower Videos with LEAFtv

When I met Erin Falconer and Geri Hirsch, I was impressed.  These two very smart, very cool ladies have created LEAFtv, which features beautiful how-to videos in the world of Living, Eating and Fashion.  It's going to be huge.  We teamed up to create a series of videos showcasing edible flowers, just in time for a Mother's Day Luncheon.  This "sous-vide" salmon recipe is my and Greg's go-to easy dinner.  It sounds way more complicated than it really is.  You simply marinate your salmon in a ziploc bag, and also cook it in it.  Zero clean-up!!  Check out the video for a step-by-step tutorial.  Stay tuned tomorrow for how to build a grown-up ice cream sundae bar!  Thank you Erin and Geri for including me--looking forward to future collaborations!

The Menu


to start

to share

roast asparagus & fingerling potatoes


ice cream sundae bar with lavender, saffron rosewater & ginger rosewater ice cream

May 2, 2013

Grilled Pizza Baby Shower

Salads are always appropriate for a ladies' luncheon, but they're even better when paired with grilled pizzas!!  For a friend's baby shower, a long table, filled with her amazing collection of crystal, china & flatware, invited guests to share in a leisurely feast, served family style.  We used Gwyneth Paltrow's pizza dough recipe from My Father's Daughter and the result was perfectly crunchy on the outside, doughy on the inside, with plenty of earthy flavor.  This will be my new go-to crust recipe, which I'll use for build your own pizza parties all summer (plus it held up great over night in the fridge).  And the pistachio, strawberry & vanilla bean layered semifreddo is worth the extra steps for a pretty, sweet finish.   Amy added special touches with printed menus, place cards and a baby photo guessing game.  All in all, a fun afternoon of rose & lunch from the grill, made all the more delicious by good friends, great weather and a baby on the way...

The Menu


raspberry & peach bellinis



burrata, artichoke & pesto crostini

fig jam, prosciutto & mint crostini

to share

grilled pizzas:

margherita: buffalo mozzarella, tomato & basil

wild mushroom, ricotta & arugula

finocchiona, caramelized fennel and onion & mozzarella

grilled caesar salad

california chopped: baby kale, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, avocado, chickpeas & basil vinaigrette

honeydew, cantaloupe & mint


chocolate espresso cookies with sea salt