Smoked Olives

My sister-in-law Rhonda brought us these smoked olives from the Suffolk Smokehouse and Deli in the UK. People go crazy for them. They go great with cocktails, beer, and wine.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: Makes 3 cups

Artichoke-Dill Dressing

Marinated artichokes kicks this dressing up a notch. This Artichoke-Dill Dressing has many uses - crostini, potato salad, dip, dressing, etc. The possibilities are endless.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Yields: Makes 1 cup

Toasted Farro & Asparagus Salad

Toasted Farro & Asparagus Salad is a delicious way to eat asparagus, it’s great for a weekday lunch. Farro is a food composed of the grains of certain wheat species. Because it contains more fiber than other popular grains like rice or even quinoa, farro might have even more positive benefits when it comes to digestion and cardiovascular health. It's also exceptionally high in protein for a grain and supplies more than 10 different vitamins and minerals.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Southwest Chicken Salad

This Southwestern Chicken Salad is so easy to throw together using a store-bought rotisserie chicken. The dressing is sweet and tangy and made by mixing equal parts ranch dressing with your favorite bbq sauce.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Sautéed String Beans with Garlic

These Sautéed String Beans with Garlic are from Din Tai Fung, which is a restaurant originating in Taiwan, specializing in xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings). They have branches in Japan, the US, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and Thailand. It was named one of the top ten restaurants in the world by The New York Times on January 17, 1993. Everything they serve is amazing. The string beans are like no other, crispy, yet tender and silky.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Pork Piccata with Lemon and Capers

This Pork Piccata with Lemon and Capers is a twist on the chicken piccata. The lemon juice and white wine really brightened up the flavor of the pork, the butter adds a richness and the capers add a little more flavor. It's easy enough for a weeknight, elegant enough for a dinner party.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 8 Servings

Ikea Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce

The largest IKEA in the United States just opened in Los Angeles. It’s absolutely massive. They almost need to put in a trolley! This is about their iconic Swedish meatballs and the beauty of it is that you can buy them frozen after you buy your GRÖNKULLA, FLÄRDFULL, SMÖRBOLL and (I always buy) their paper napkins. I know a lot of people that do not live near an IKEA, so here is a recipe to make them yourself.

By Leslie Blythe

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

Roasted Shrimp with Indian Spices

My favorite way to cook shrimp is roasting it in the oven, which delivers amazing flavor for very little effort. This vibrant and colorful Roasted Shrimp with Indian Spices has a ton of flavor and a nice spicy kick.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 - 6 Servings

Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach

Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach is a super flavorful, vegetarian side dish. The fresh spinach provides a wide variety of important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Chickpeas, which are also packed with many vital nutrients, are a great vegetarian source of protein and fiber.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: 4 - 6 Servings

Deep Dish Pizza

My friend Debi made this delicious Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza. Chicago-style pizza refers to several different styles of pizza developed in Chicago. Arguably, the most famous of these is known as deep-dish pizza. This style of pizza is not very popular in California, land of thin crust.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yields: Serves 4 - 6