Green Beans and Cucumbers with Miso Dressing

This Green Beans and Cucumbers with Miso Dressing is very similar to a Chinese Smacked Cucumber Salad. You basically smack the cucumbers and green beans with a rolling pin then tear them up into pieces. You can get out all of your aggressions while making this delicious and refreshing salad.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Japanese Grilled Chicken Meatballs (Tsukune)

Tsukune is a Japanese chicken meatball which is basted in a sweet and salty glaze. The make a great appetizer or snack. These Japanese Grilled Chicken Meatballs are broiled and not actually grilled. They are easy to make and easy to eat!

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 - 6 Servings

Pear, Almond & Honey Phyllo Tarts

My daughter Zoe made these delectable Pear, Almond & Honey Phyllo Tarts. I usually have puff pastry in the freezer, but this time I had phyllo dough. You can make it with either. Puff pastry would actually be easier, but the phyllo is SO crispy and wonderful.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: Makes 12 tarts

Marinated Grilled Tri-Tip

Marinades have only three main components: acid, fat, and flavorings. Marinades add flavor tenderizes the meat by breaking down the outer layers of connective tissue. The fat or oil is to help retain moisture and creates a caramelized brown finish during cooking. Flavorings are what make your marinade go from so-so to spectacular, which can be fresh and dried herbs, spices, onion, garlic, and condiments and sauces like mustard, soy sauce, sugar, molasses, honey, and ginger. This Marinated Grilled Tri-Tip has all those components. You can use it on all types of beef - London Broil, flank steak, skirt steak, etc. I always marinate meat in a ziplock bag.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 8 - 10 Servings

Frida Kahlo’s Zucchini Salad

Frida Kahlo’s Zucchini Salad is a delicious and refreshing summer salad.In the 1930s, artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo often hosted festive dinner parties—which Frida called “día de los manteles largos,” the days of the long tablecloth—at their Mexico City home. The recipe for this simple Mexican salad of grilled zucchini, avocado, and salty, crumbled añjeo cheese (or Parmesan) was served at a dinner party attended by Mexican composer Carlos Chávez and Nelson Rockefeller. It comes from Frida’s Fiestas written by her step-daughter Guadalupe Rivera and Marie-Pierre Cole.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 6 - 8 Servings

Potato Salad with Bacon and Capers

When talking potato salads, there two camps, those who love a creamy style and those who prefer a tangy one. This Potato Salad with Bacon and Capers fits into the tangy category and is great for any outdoor party.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

Pork Ramen

Upgrade your ramen noodles and throw out those seasoning packets, which have enough sodium to make you dry up like a prune. The FDA recommends the average American consumes no more than 2,300 mg of salt per day. A package of Top Ramen’s noodles contains more than half of this. Ramen is the ultimate Japanese comfort food, and it's nowhere near as hard to make as you might think. Try these Pork Ramen noodles at home.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Maple Mustard Chicken

This Maple Mustard Chicken has a tangy and sweet flavor. The maple mustard sauce works really well on chicken thighs, but would also be great on pork. I used boneless, skinless thighs. If you want it to get crispy, then leave the skin on.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins

Mashed Potato Casserole with Sage and Fontina

There's no need to slave away making mashed potatoes at the last minute! This creamy, cheesy, crispy baked mashed-potato casserole is the perfect make-ahead dish. The potatoes get mashed with a creamy, tangy mix of crème fraîche, fontina, butter, parsley and sage. It's simply divine.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 8 - 10 Servings

Cherry Dump Cake

In an effort to use up things in my pantry.... This Cherry Dump Cake is very similar to my Cherry Cherry recipe. It's ridiculously easy to dump it all together!

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yields: 8 Servings