Spa Cuisine Recipes

Summer Vegetable Garden Slaw

This is a fabulous salad to make when your veggie garden starts producing an abundance of produce. So delicious and so good for you! 6 small, firm zucchini, grated 3 carrots peeled and grated 1 yellow bell pepper,stem and seeds removed 5 large radishes, ends trimmed 1 stalk celery, ends trimmed, chopped fine 3 ears…

Insalata Caprese

  “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” ~Anna Akhmatova This is our family’s favorite Italian salad. A beautiful, simple, healthy summer dish or first course for a more elaborate Italian meal. Insalata Caprese 6 ripe Roma tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese sliced 1/4…

Vegetables & Cous Cous

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” –  Lewis Grizzard I wanted to make our dinner plate look like an artist’s palette. So, I arranged a rainbow of ingredients on a white plate. Red– oven roasted tomatoes on top of huge, grilled Portobello mushroom caps and a single radish…

Moroccan Preserved Lemons

“Cutting the lemon the knife leaves a little cathedral: alcoves unguessed by the eye that open acidulous glass to the light; topazes riding the droplets, altars, aromatic facades.” ~Pablo Neruda Yesterday when we got home from the pool we were in the mood for something with lemons. I had made a new batch of my…

rhubarb ketchup

Sonny – “Frankenstein, what do you want?” Julian – “30 packets of ketchup.” From the movie Big Daddy starring Adam Sandler My friend Sandy is so sweet! She sent me this YUMMY recipe for rhubarb ketchup. I know what you might be thinking….Rhubarb KETCHUP? Well, that’s what Jeff said…and then he tried it. He’s now…

Hawaiian Cold Ginger Chicken

My brother-in-law, Mike, was stationed on Oahu for four years when he was in the Air Force. He has told Jeff and I stories about mountain biking through passion fruit groves and almost swooning from the intoxicating aroma of the fruit mixed with all of the other amazing scents you encounter when you’re on a…

dolly parton’s five layer dinner

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.” ~Dolly Parton I’m just waiting for the Dolly Parton jokes to start rolling in 😉 This is a celebrity recipe, which means Dolly herself may or may not have actually made this…

Mixed Grill Kabobs

“The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini.  Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables.  At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt.” –   Dave Barry We…

Oven Roasted Garlic Heaven

“Garlic is the ketchup of intellectuals.” ~Author Unknown Oven Roasted Garlic So good for you, so yummy, so easy to prepare. A nice appetizer with baguette, fantastic pizza topping and a good accompaniment to Ploughman’s Lunch Heat oven to 350 Cut the tops off two whole heads of garlic. Place in a small, glass, oven…

thai coconut chicken soup

“The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.” ~Dustin Hoffman This lovely soup makes a wonderful first course for a summer meal or a delicious light lunch. It’s good for you and so easy to put together. 3 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2…