The Perfect Quiche

Quiche is such a quick and easy, but still kind of “fancy” dish to make for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.  Quiche is fun to make because you can use pretty much any kind of meat and/or vegetables, and cheese as the filling. Once you have the basic recipe down, it’s time to get creative.

Three Cheese Pizza with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach

Dean Helping Make Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Aaahh, Spring Break…  Always has been one of my favorite times of year. Well, at least it was, when I was in school. My 5 year old son is on Spring Break, right now, and I am not taking any days away from work, so I am a little [...]

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Can you tell I love tomatoes? One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is Oven Roasted. The flavor is so concentrated and smoky, and great for making sauces, pizzas, tossed in pasta or salads…so many uses.  Also, very easy to make. I like to use locally grown Hamakua Cocktail Tomatoes [...]

Mainland-Style Ahi Poke, aka Tuna Tartare

No single dish says “Hawaii” to me more than Ahi Poke.  It brings back memories of when I first lived in the Hawaiian islands, on Maui, during my windsurfing-bookwriting-sabbatical-from-San-Francisco-lawyer-life days. My roommate, Rick, and I used to get ”Poke” (make sure you say Po-Kay, not Po-Key, I think that means something else!) from the market every time [...]

Weekend Gourmet's Signature Green Salad

Not all green salads are created equal.  Personally, I don’t like just plain greens. Rather, I like my green salads with a little something extra you can sink your teeth into.  So for this salad, I add cooked Broccoli, Balsamic Marinated Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado.  Extra texture and extra taste.  Extra healthy and extra delicious! Here’s the recipe:

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Balsamic Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

I use these Balsamic Marinated Cherry Tomatoes in many of the salads I make, including my Weekend Gourmet Signature Green Salad and my Independence Day Orzo Salad. Quick and simple to make, fresh and delicious. Without the tomatoes, it’s a simple balsamic viniagrette recipe.

Balsamic Marinated Cherry Tomatoes 

1 Pint Box Organic Cherry Tomatoes

Balsamic Viniagrette
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp [...]

Tsunami Tri-Tip & Tangy Garlic Bread

Photo by Karl Meinhardt, (c) 2010, South Seas Photography.

Recently, some friends invited us over for a casual supper. We were greeted by the warm ambiance of Karl & Gina’s tropical home, near Kailua Beach. We started with light pupus, including cheese and fruit, as well as having some of my favorite Smoked Ahi Spread.

Karl and [...]

Having a Ball Making Ice Cream!

Not exactly gourmet, but certainly delicious, is the homemade ice cream you can make with a pretty novel little gadget I call the Ice Cream Ball. It’s actually called the Play N Freeze Ice Cream Maker and it is sold by UCO. I got this great tool from my son for Christmas a few years [...]

Rosemary Lemon Chicken

Rosemary Lemon Chicken is my husband’s favorite dish. He would argue with that statement, but I know it is true, because it is what he asks me to make it more than any other recipe. In fact, he would like me to bake a chicken at least once a week and sometimes, I do.

There are [...]

Filet Mignon, Pupu-Style with Baked Garlic and Gorgonzola Sauce

I served this Pupu (Appetizer) on New Year’s Eve 2009 for a special treat for my family and friends, Tom and Holly, who were joining us. I had already pre-prepared my entree, Seafood Gratin, and it was ready to go in the oven. So, I could get started on the Filet Mignon Pupu.

Serving a filet [...]