Shrimp Etouffee

I love New Orleans for the food.  A po’boy, a beignet,  jambalaya, a moffoltta  sandwich. All this and more in the French Quarter.  My favorite is the shrimp etouffee.  With the weather getting colder and after spending a lot of the day at the local Christmas market, I decided I would take a crack at…

Chocolate Amaretto Mousse Napoleon

My brother Mike makes chocolate mousse at most family gatherings.  It’s tasty but never lasts very long.   I decided to make some structural changes and then take it up a level by adding some amaretto and turning it into a napoleon for the holidays.  This is a recipe you can make ahead.  You know, if…

Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto/ Arancini

My younger daughter is a fan of running and of risotto, but let’s face it, they’re both at least an hour ordeal.    It took a little research and funny story, I couldn’t find the dang power cord for my pressure cooker for 4 weeks and ended up going old school.  It’s creamy and good…

Dad’s London Broil

 Growing up we had all the lesser cuts of beef because we had a lot of people and not a lot of money.  So we had chuck steak and round steak. I was 25 before I had a fillet or a ribeye.  With that said,  Dad did make a very good London Broil (except he…

Chocolate Hazelnut Snowballs

We always made snowballs growing up with my Mom and Grandma Molly.  I decided that I wanted something other than the old walnut cookie.  I wanted chocolate and thought, “How about hazelnut?”  My friend and frequent collaborator Beth said, “I bet Mexican chocolate would be good.”  Nice call Beth. The star of this recipe was…