Fresh Bruschetta

I had this dish at Osteria Cicchetti in Wilmington, North Carolina and loved it. (They also had to the best cioppino I have ever had, but more in that in a later post.) This is ideal for summer, and the grill is a perfect place to toast the bread, but your broiler will work great…

Chocolate Chili Bacon

Bacon is great. Everything is better with bacon. So bacon would work with chocolate and chili, right? Guajillo chilis are more fruity than hot although you do get a little back heat. Semi-sweet chocolate mixes well with the fruity notes and the smoky bacon. Brings these to your next BBQ pot luck. 1 pound thick…

Upscale Frito Pie

This is a nod to Texas where this dish has its origins. It’s simple, hardy, and tasty. I left out the chipotle peppers and went with guajillo chilli for a more fruity flavor, but it still has some heat. I hope you like it. 1 pound chorizo1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes1 4 oz…

Deep Fried Avocado

I saw this on a menu but too late to order it with my meal. Southern folks have it easier than Yankees. They work on the plan “just fry it”. So once again,I fried it. I hope you like it. 2 avocados2 eggs2 tablespoons milk1/2 cup rice flour1 cup Panko bread crumbs1 teaspoon Old Bay…

Greek Octopus Salad

Let’s go to a Greek Island with a gentle breeze on a sunny day to enjoy a nice fresh salad in a small cafe. The purveyor has returned from the market with today’s bounty and prepared it fresh for you. Octopus salad. I hope you like it. 1’pound octopus3 plum tomatoes, diced1 red onion, diced1…