If you are a fan of the Barefoot Contessa, you are probably already familiar with tartines. If not, a tartine is an open-faced French sandwich with an elegant topping. In this recipe's case, the topping is a slather of rich goat cheese and layer of smoked salmon. I love this appetizer because it's versatile and is great any time of day. Although the chive oil may seem like an unnecessary step, don't skip it. The subtle flavor of the chives takes these simple crostini to a whole new level. Use the extra oil on fish or in a vinaigrette. These bites are perfect for Mother's Day, so get the recipe now and read more
While it's hard to improve on classic comfort foods like mashed potatoes, a little tweak can go a long way. Goat cheese, leeks, and chives take this standard side dish to a new level of scrumptiousness. This recipe may be more complex with a couple of extra steps, but trust me, it is worth it! They're so delicious that no butter or gravy is required. The pure flavors of tangy goat cheese, savory leeks, and soft onions will satisfy anyone. If you want to impress your guests with these mouthwatering mashed potatoes, read more
Here's the scenario: you are at home and hungry. You have to cook up something scrumptious for you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/ spouse/child/friend, but have limited ingredients on hand.
You have eggs, fresh chives, and a new pepper-mill filled with black peppercorns. Using these products, along with whatever you currently have on hand in your cupboard and refrigerator, what would you make?
To see what I would make, read more
A quintessential side dish, especially during this time of year, good old mashed potatoes are the inevitable go-to side for anything roasted.
How come mashed potatoes are so popular? Perhaps it's because they're a comforting reminder of Thanksgiving, their baby food like consistency, or possibly because virtually any flavor can enhance their taste and texture. Whatever the reason, mashed potatoes are a great side for any upcoming roast dinner you may be planning. For a variation that includes buttermilk and the subtle onion flavoring found in leeks and chives, read more