Calcareous 2012 Estate Cabernet

Calcareous 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Deep purple color. Rich blackberry fruit. A little earthy. Hint of vanilla. Medium tannins. Long dry finish. Aroma of currant and a touch of cinnamon. This is super delish! We had it with grilled flank steak, roasted asparagus and sautéed kale. Now savoring an after-dinner glass. I…

Kale Carbonara

This is my new favorite dish. I had it for dinner last night and lunch again today. Since no one was home, I licked the plate. It’s that good. What you’ll need for 1 serving: 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1-2 slices of bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 3 cups dinosaur/lacinato kale, center ribs removed, thinly…

Light Raspberry Margarita

I don’t like sweet drinks. I’m not into any of the store-bought margarita mixes which usually are made with high-fructose corn syrup. When I’m out, I’ll only order a margarita if the restaurant makes it with fresh squeezed lime juice instead of sweet and sour mix (often called the “Skinny Margarita”). And then I always…

Stir-Fried Tri-Tip with Radicchio and Watercress

I am obsessed with this Stir-Fried Tri-Tip with Radicchio from The Cook & the Butcher . I almost didn’t make it because it sounded so strange. Who uses radicchio in a stir fry? I’m glad I did it anyway. The bitterness of the radicchio mellows when sautéd with the shallots and butter. (If you’re doing…

Zucchini Summer Salad with Mint and Feta

I wasn’t a big zucchini fan. I never liked it raw. Probably because my mother used to swap it in for cucumbers thinking us kids wouldn’t notice. And I quit ordering it when I ate out because too often it arrived overcooked and mushy. So when my girlfriend told me she was making a cold…

Steakhouse-Style New York Strips

My first choice is to grill steaks, mostly because I’m lazy. I like that I can fix a mix of meat and veggies and there are no pans to clean. But sometimes grilling is not an option. If it is raining or I happen to be out of propane, I make them steakhouse style—searing the…

Gluten Free and Going Out for Pizza

A restaurant may have gluten-free crust, but that doesn’t mean it has gluten-free pizza. As always when eating out with celiac disease I check into the potential cross-contamination issues before I order. Many places offer gluten-free pizza but assemble it in the same spot as the regular pizza. There is a high risk of cross-contamination…