Cooking Method: Mixing

Vermouth Dressing

Some wine enthusiasts claim that the vinegar in salad dressing is detrimental to a glass of wine.  As it is unthinkable to stop drinking wine during the salad course, the vinegar has to go. This Vermouth Dressing is savory, salty and tart. Personally, I never let anything get in the way of drinking wine with a meal and like nothing better than a salad with vinaigrette and a glass of wine.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Yields: Makes 1½ cups

Tequilaberry’s Salad

This Tequilaberry’s Salad recipe is from Tequilaberry’s restaurant that has been closed for many years that was located in Coon Rapids Minnesota. It was one of the most popular items on their menu.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Yields: 15 - 20 Servings

North Wood’s Inn Cabbage Slaw

This North Wood’s Inn Cabbage Slaw is from a small, local Southern California restaurant chain called North Wood's Inn. This cabbage slaw is one of their most popular items on the menu. This is my version of the slaw.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

The East Villa Cocktail

Grapefruit and vodka is no new pairing, not by a long shot; the Salty Dog is a testament to that. If, like us, you have a winter crop of grapefruit, then finding new uses for this fruit is a great thing. The East Villa cocktail is a variation on an old theme—a lighter, fresher, herbal take on the classic Greyhound. Rosemary gives this an herbal edge while the sparkling grapefruit soda (you can use plain soda water) gives this drink a a lift that evokes summer coolers, well into fall and winter.

By Leslie Blythe

Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cheese Ball

I am not a big fan of serving a boring cheese platter at a party. It usually doesn't get eaten. I guarantee this cheese ball will be the hit of your next party. Cheese balls were all the rage in the 1970s, but this Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cheese ball is an updated version of an old classic. So easy to make and the best part is that it has to be made ahead, so you can enjoy your party.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins

California Quinoa Salad

Yesterday at work, I wandered into the staff kitchen to find several people surrounding this California Quinoa Salad. They said it was the best salad ever. Of course, I had some, and yes, it is truly delicious. My friend Kristi made it. It has so much flavor and perfect for a weekday lunch. 

Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is a superfood, which is a complete protein. It has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and is one of the best sources of protein you can get from a plant source. It is gluten-free and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. ​

By Leslie Blythe

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

Crunchy Toffee Buckeyes

I was watching the Valerie Bertinelli cooking show and saw her make these Crunchy Toffee Buckeyes and given the fact that I was born in Cleveland Ohio, I thought I better try them. They are really good, but insanely sweet. The photograph doesn't exactly do them justice!

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Yields: Makes 32 buckeyes

Pumpkin French Toast with Whipped Pumpkin Butter

I'm generally not a fan of the pumpkin spice craze, but my friend Jody made this incredible Pumpkin French Toast with Whipped Pumpkin Butter.I am completely hooked. It's pumpkin flavored in a suble way. The pumpkin butter is so light and fluffy. She made it wtih Challah bread, which really is the best bread for French toast. This is a must try for your next breakfast / brunch.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

Balsamic Strawberries in Puff Pastry with Rosemary Cream

I almost always have puff pastry in the freezer. It's so versatile. These Balsamic Strawberries in Puff Pastry with Rosemary Cream combines sweet and the savory taste of rosemary, which is infused into whipped cream.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

Cabbage and Carrot Slaw with Walnut-Za’atar Pesto

Cabbage and Carrot Slaw with Walnut-Za’atar Pesto is such a colorful salad, which gets a modern upgrade thanks to a salty-cheesy walnut pesto.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Yields: 8 Servings