Wafu Pork Belly Skewers

The pork belly on these skewers is succulently tender, coated in a sweet and salty sauce. This a simple but memorable meal that makes my fiancé nostalgic for good times in Japanese yakiniku restaurants.

Tentacular Spectacular: A Recipe for Grilled Octopus

Want to serve up some citrus kissed, grilled seafood that’ll really wow your bbq guests? With this recipe for octopus, do some prep ahead of time and you can just whip these tentacled beauties out when you’re ready to grill. Presto! Tentacular spectacular!

Seasonal Minestrone

Celebrate the freshness of seasonal herbs and produce with this simple, flexible recipe! The acidity from the wine and the fresh, subtle flavors of the herbs gives it a real depth of flavor and the lightness of the final dish make it appetizing even in hot weather.

Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Fried in their shells, these shrimp have an awesome crunch, and the meat inside is super succulent. They’re crave-worthy, and you’ll be hard pressed not to scarf them down like potato chips!

Chicken Wings with Crab-Caramel Glaze

I don’t think I’ve ever had wings that were so juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and coated in a more succulent glaze. The crab-caramel glaze is sweet, salty, and just a tiny bit funky—an amazing, fresh new take on your classic wings.

A Medley of Foraged Greens Sautéed with Bacon

Although dandelion greens are known for their bitterness, this dish is only slightly bitter–a nice counterpoint to an entrée with sweet notes. It’s taste is wholesome and complex, green with a kick of that peppery bitterness and bathed in the richness of the bacon fat.

Popovers with Dill, Crème Fraiche, and Beets

Popovers. Light and airy, easily made but seemingly fancy when dressed up with garnishes. Mine feature tangy créme fraiche and, in a gesture to my Latvian heritage, bites of earthy-sweet beets and fresh dill.