Here is what I would cook up for a birthday brunch in a socially distant environment.

Mini Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Don’t judge. Sometimes a tasty snack that reminds you of growing up can be a delicious party treat. I buy high quality mini hotdogs and wrap them in thickly-sliced hickory smoked bacon from the butcher, and they are always the first to go. I am a big fan of “Fork in the Road” min dogsContinue Reading

Mediterranean Pizza

Some good friends, Cintra and Grace, said they wanted more easy-to-make recipes. I reminded them that everything is easy, it all depends on how you look at it. They rolled their eyes, but I thought about what could be delicious, store-bought, and take just a few steps to make. We made a very easy pizzaContinue Reading

Sugar Snap Peas and Feta Dip

When we hang around the pool for the afternoon it’s great to rotate out different snacks for the crew. ย During the hot summers of South Carolina and Washington, D.C., cool crisp vegetables with a chilled dipping sauce are always welcomed at the pool. ย That doesn’t mean I won’t to a fly by with some ofContinue Reading

Lamb Kaftas

We were in Istanbul for our friend Mohammed’s wedding and had plenty of time to explore the amazing food markets of Turkey. ย We had lunch right near the famous spice market and had the most amazing Lamb Kaftas that varied from the traditional preparation at most spots around the world. ย I have since tried toContinue Reading

Spicy Scallion Couscous

Couscous can be served straight from the stove or chilled in the refrigerator. Either way it’s a delicious side for just about any dish, but absolutely perfect for a BBQ. There are two styles of couscous, the larger Israeli (pearl) which are the size of small pellets, and the smaller version pictured above. Couscous isContinue Reading

The Pandemic Blondie Relief

Well, yes, we all have memories of our youth and in the midst of a national lock-down, comfort food is not only needed, but critical to our mental health. I started to have a hankering for Nestle Tollhouse cookies, precisely until I actually made them. Meh, they were OK when fresh out of the ovenContinue Reading

1 comment on “The Birthday Brunch

  1. Amazing meal! Count me in! You are more than amateur chef. #worldfamous

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