Tag Archives: summer appetizers

Flamingo Peppers :: Stuffed with Grilled Chicken, Black Beans + Smoked Mozzarella

  If it isn’t glaringly obvious, few things excite me more than a really good food find.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be something eccentric or exotic like, say, grasshopper kidney.  Anthony Bourdain can captain that league.  An heirloom fruit or hybrid vegetable is much more my speed. The Flamingo Pepper, for example, is a […]


Summer Starter :: Baked Figs with Honey + Lavender, Pistachios + Parmesan

They all tuck in close, as if engaged in a football huddle ready to strategize their next vital move.  A great deal of preparation and anticipation brings each and every fig together serendipitously.  It is clear, this is their moment. As the amber honey slowly drizzles down their ebony backs, and the crushed lavender buds […]


Crostini with Figs, Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onions + Balsamic-Berry Reduction

  Fresh figs and blue cheese — to me, this is one of the ultimate flavor combinations.  That is, unless you add slow-roasted, sweet caramelized onions and a drizzle of aged balsamic-berry reduction.  The salty, sweet combination in this tiny bite bounces off your taste buds like the ball in a pin ball machine — […]

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