• Team cooking is a blast!
  • It’s fun and a great way to entertain.
  • You can achieve so much more than a single cook can accomplish.
  • It takes the stress out of hosting dinner parties.
  • Prepare great meals at a fraction of the cost of restaurants.
  • Put an entire gourmet dinner together in 2-3 hours.
  • No corkage fees!!

Summer Sunday Sauce Page 129

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 1 comment

RomasReadyforPealing  PeeledRomas  MarinaraFrescaPrimaveraCarbonara


Who doesn’t want sauce on a Sunday! Karin’s Marinara Fresca on page 129 is the way to go in the warm summer months. I added one little step – picked up a bunch of ripe romas @SpecialtyProduce, quickly prepared them for peeling (cored, X at the bottom, 30 seconds in boiling water, peeled, follow the steps on page 129 of our Cook the Part).  If you have any leftover you can toss it over your primavera!



Mussels in White Wine Shallot Sauce

Monday, July 25th, 2016 2 comments

Mussels in White Wine Shallot Sauce

Mussels in White Wine Shallot Sauce

I met Marguerite a few years ago and have been a big fan of her weekly newsletter packed with travel information and recipes. A full description of her background appears below. Visit her website at: http://www.margueritehenderson.com/
Here is a recipe from her Friday newsletter. Thank you, Marguerite!

4 -5 pounds fresh mussels, cleaned
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large shallots, finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
pinch of saffron
2 cups dry white wine
1 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 pound linguine, cooked “al dente”, drained

Have the mussels cleaned and ready to use. Make sure they are fresh, discarding any cracked or opened mussels.
In a large stockpot, heat the butter and oil. Saute the shallots for 1 minute, stirring often. Add the garlic, thyme and saffron. Cook 1 minute over medium heat. Add the wine , broth and parsley. Bring to a boil, add the mussels, cover the pot. Allow the mussels to cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes just until opened, stirring often. Add the linguine to the pot. Toss well. Serve at once with additional chopped parsley on top. Serves 4-5.

About Marguerite Henderson
Marguerite Marceau Henderson embarked on her culinary career in 1980 by teaching cooking classes at a local cook store, after living in Europe for over 3 years, incorporating her love of food and wine and her degree in Elementary Education. She has gradually built a reputation in Salt Lake City for having over 28 years experience as a cooking educator, caterer, restaurateur, food writer, cookbook author, public speaker, television personality, and food consultant.
Over the past 28 years she has had a catering business feeding such personalities as President George Bush (the First), Senator Robert Dole, Martha Stewart, Robert Redford, and hundreds of clients throughout the state of Utah.
Having opened two successful restaurants, she sold the award winning and charming Cucina, a gourmet deli in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City in 2001, and began writing cookbooks, restaurant reviews for local newspapers and magazines, and back to her first love – teaching cooking classes, once again.
Marguerite authored and self published Savor the Memories, a best-selling cookbook dedicated to her Sicilian born mother, Rose Filippi Marceau, an inspiration to Marguerite’s culinary endeavors. Her much anticipated second cookbook, Small Plates – Appetizers as Meals, was released in March 2006, published by Gibbs Smith Publishing and is now in its third printing. Marguerite’s third cookbook, Small Parties – Over 100 Recipes for Intimate Gatherings, also published by Gibbs Smith, has just been released in January 2008. Marguerite is currently working on her fourth cookbook, Small Sweet Indulgences, published by Gibbs Smith with release date scheduled for Fall 2011.
Her individually developed recipes are legendary, and are created for such companies as SuperTarget, The Ruby Red Grapefruit Council, and The California Cheese Board. She recently consulted with an eating establishment in Salt Lake City called The Neighborhood Grill and Pizza, formulating new menus and recipes.


It’s Peachy!

Monday, June 13th, 2016 No comments
Easy Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

We celebrated Father’s Day a week early – sorry Hallmark!
The menu consisted of fish tacos, with wonderful fresh halibut from Point Loma Seafoods, Mexican rice, black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and white sauce. Most of the recipes can be found in the Taste of Baja chapter of my book. The meal was topped off with a very simple peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. The peaches, avocados, and all the veggies came from Specialty Produce. Everything was fresh and delicious!
Here is the recipe for the peach cobbler:

Peach Cobbler
1 c. milk
1 c. flour
1 cu. sugar
4 c. peaches or other fruit
1/2 t. baking soda
3 t. baking powder
1 stick butter

Melt butter in baking dish.
Mix batter.
Add to pan.
Add fruit on top.
Bake at 350 deg. for 45 min to one hour.

Thanks to Barbara Zaugg for sharing this easy recipe many years ago!


Patty Cake (Traditional Vanilla Pound Cake)

Monday, June 6th, 2016 2 comments


This past weekend I went to a Graduation Party and a Birthday Party and several of you asked me about the cake I bought to the special events and requested the recipe — this is the cake you’ve all dubbed “Patty Cake” because I’ve been making it for 36 years and I bring it everywhere I go. We have my Auntie Vera to thank for this recipe, and I’m grateful I got such accurate measurements from her. (Wait until you see the recipes from my Grandma Mekita – she didn’t use any measuring tools except her hands!) All my San Diego Gal Pals will easily be able to go to @specialtyproduce for all of the fresh and pure ingredients, it’s always fun to shop there for anything at all you may need and I love getting all my baking ingredients there – always fresh.


Here you go!

Patty Cake

1/2 lb. of butter
2 Cups Sugar
4 Eggs
About an inch or so of a vanilla bean, scrape out all the bean specs for your cake batter and you can discard the rest (or a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste works great too, and you can still see the vanilla bean specs in your cake or you can use one teaspoon vanilla extract)

3 Cups Flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon baking soda

1 Pint of sour cream

[1 Cup chopped walnuts – Optional]

[1 Cup mini chocolate chips – Optional]

Mix all ingredients in above order (when I mix the dry ingredients to the first part I alternately mix in the sour cream)

Bake in 350 degree oven for 75 minutes

I use a tube or bundt pan (grease and flour)


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Karin’s Awesome Nut Roll Recipe

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 No comments

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve in 1/2 inch slices.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve in 1/2 inch slices.

This is one awesome recipe you’ll want to make again and again, and while we’re still dealing with June Gloom don’t be afraid to have the oven on for this delicious nut roll.  I actually can’t stop making it for family treats for their breakfast and afternoon tea (trust me, you’ll make your parents very happy with this recipe).  Remember to get every single ingredient @specialtyproduce  / http://www.specialtyproduce.com/blog/ — I get everything I need for Karin’s Cook the Part recipes, literally everything @specialtyproduce — check out their site:  www.specialtyproduce.com.  Stay tuned, we’re going to add another awesome recipe to the site for poppy seed roll — that’s going to be Father’s Day sweet treat for Dad.  We can prepare the dough exactly as Karin has showed us which is fool proof (or we can put a little different spin on the preparation and the brush the roll with egg whites and vanilla bean specks or extract — we’ll add a few slits to the top as well).  You’ll see, recipe and photos will pop up this June for an Old World treat.  I’m off to Specialty Produce for some fresh ingredients — let’s keep on baking!

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Yuz(u) Will Love These

Monday, February 15th, 2016 No comments

thumb_IMG_5079_1024thumb_IMG_5072_1024The long anticipated arrival of Yuzu Pearls allowed me to try this fabulous dessert and share the result with you. The Yuzu fruit is a citrus fruit originating in East Asia. It looks and tastes a lot like a lemon. It first came to our attention when we ordered dessert at Yuki Yama in Park City. We almost never have room for dessert after eating sushi, but this beautiful little dessert passed by and we were intrigued. It was a light, citrus flavored cheesecake and immediately had to research how we can create these at home. After a bit of searching, I found yuzu juice and yuzu pearls. I decided to give the pearls a try. The result is a very good imitation of the dessert from the sushi restaurant.

Here are the ingredients and the steps to make this yummy, yuzu cheesecake:

5 oz. graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temperature
8 oz. whipping cream
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.5 oz. Yuzu Pearls
1 gelatin leaf

Extra whipping cream for serving.

You will need 8 small canning jars or other glass containers.

Process the graham crackers in a small food processor and mix in the melted butter. Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture into the bottom of the small jars and press down – I used the tamper from my espresso machine.

Soften the gelatin leaf in a small amount of water and remove from water and put into a small saucepan. Add the yuzu pearls and heat over a larger pan of boiling water until softened. Process the yuzu pearls and gelatin in a small food processor until the pearls are dissolved.

In a large bowl of the electric mixer, process the cheeses until smooth. Add the caster sugar and process until combined. Add the vanilla and the yuzu mixture and blend.
Beat the whipping cream until stiff and fold into the cheese mixture.

Spoon the cheese mixture into the jars and close with lids until ready to serve.

When serving, remove lids and add decorative whipping cream to the top.


Toasting the Editor-in-Chief: Celebrating Karin’s birthday with an elderflower, orange and passion fruit cake

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 No comments

By: Ingrid Webb

Last weekend we gathered to celebrate Karin’s birthday as a family with a fish taco feast prepared by her children. We are visiting for the holidays, so I offered to bake a cake, which has quickly become one of my specialties. The recipe calls for Edlerflower Cordial, which I’d never used before, but we brought some back with us after our last visit to our daughter’s house in England. Elderflower cordial isn’t easy to find in stores in the US, but you can get it on Amazon and possibly your local BevMo, as well as making your own.

Here’s the recipe, which I came across in Cambridge Magazine: https://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/2015/06/elderflower-orange-passion-fruit-layer-cake/Elderflower Birthday Cake

Karin’s birthday cake was my fourth time making the recipe. The recipe calls for two entire oranges pulverized and added to the batter, making the cake itself very moist and flavorful. The cake is made with almond flour which also provides a nice texture. With all the different fruits and rich creams, we thought upon first reading this recipe that it would be very sweet, but it’s not at all. It’s a very well balanced cake for adult taste buds.

The recipe calls for an Elderflower Cream, which contains passion fruit, in between each of the cake’s four layers and on the top. While passion fruit isn’t readily available this time of year, we were able to get passion fruit (along with mango for the mango salsa and rhubarb for a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie) at Specialty Produce. (If you haven’t been to Speciality Produce, it was quite a treat! What a variety and quality of produce!)

As always, the cake was a huge hit.


Small Plates, Big Fun!

Monday, September 14th, 2015 No comments

Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel Saffron Broth

Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel Saffron Broth

If I could add another chapter to my book, it would be a Small Plates chapter. Small plates give you an opportunity to explore so many wonderful options to satisfy your palate. You don’t have to go to a trendy restaurant to achieve a dining adventure like that, however. You can do it by inviting a group of friends to create this experience in the comfort of your own kitchen – which is exactly what we did on Saturday night. There were 10 people involved in our Small Plates/Big Fun evening. We divided the group into 5 teams of two chefs each. Each team was responsible for one of the courses. I had most of the ingredients prepared in advance (measured, chopped, etc.) Each team took “Center Stage” in the kitchen as they prepared their assigned dish. We had an extra special bit of fun with this concept when everyone picked a song to go with their dish…Kristina started it all with Hukuna Crostata as she and Marc prepared their Apple Crostata. We also heard Les Poissons during the preparation of the fish dish, among others.

Our menu was as follows:
A few items prepared by hosts to give our chefs some nourishment during cooking:
Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes
Blistered Green Beans

Then the fun started:

Peach and Burrata Arugula Salad by Juan and Karin
Pear + Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onion + Candied pecan+arugula+aged Balsamic as improvised by Annette and Peter
Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel Saffron Broth by Gary and Louise
Chicken Bastilla by Genevieve and Dan
Apple Crostata with Almond-Crumb Topping by Kristina and Marc

The recipe for the Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel, Leek and Saffron Broth follows:

Serves 6 as a Main Course or 10 Small Plates

1 cup thinly sliced fennel (bulb only)
1 large leek, washed and thinly sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1 large tomato, chopped

2 ½ lbs. Alaskan halibut, washed, dried and cut into 3 oz. pieces
3 dozen Penn Cove mussels

4 tablespoons EVO (3 for vegetables and 1 for browning fish)
32 oz. box of fish stock or chicken broth
½ cup dry white wine
Sea salt to taste
1 teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons flat leave parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons G-Rub (recipe in Cook the Part)

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil and sauté onion and fennel for about 5 minutes. Add chopped carrots and leeks and cook until soft.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomato. Add wine and saffron and cook for 5 minutes until all vegetables are soft and flavors are blended. Add ½ of the fish stock. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes.
Brown halibut in an iron skillet.
Add mussels to stock mixture and cook for 2 minutes until most of mussels are opened. Add browned fish to pan and cook just until done, adding more stock if needed. Discard any unopened mussels.

Divide seafood into 10 bowls. Add broth to each bowl. Sprinkle parsley over top. Serve with toasted bread.


Patty Mekita’s Famous Meatballs

Friday, July 17th, 2015 No comments

Patty Mekita with Kait

In Patty’s Own Words!

I get the sauce started first and it was as follows:

Olive Oil (maybe a tablespoon or two or three)

2 large onions chopped

A bulb of garlic (or at least eight or nine big pieces of garlic) finely chopped

Lots of freshly chopped basil (maybe at least a generous dozen big leaves)


1 Cup of white wine

A small can of tomato paste

A large can of whole San Marzano tomatoes (break them up with your hands first, or say, use a mash potato masher)

A large can of diced San Marzano tomatoes

A large can of San Marzano puree

Sauté the onions in the olive oil, then add the garlic, then add the basil and salt and pepper and sweat them all well together; then add the cup of wine and stir well and let that cook for a few minutes and really get hot and start to burn off the alcohol. Then add the tomato paste to this mixture and stir really well. Then add the tomatoes, one can at a time, and stir slowly.

Once this sauce is well mixed and on a low simmer, start the meatballs (these are all general measures):

1 ½ lb. of chop meat – this does not have to be the expensive kind, it can be reasonably priced and it will be delicious and fine (ground beef for those not familiar with this term)

2 large pieces of garlic finely chopped

1 Cup of bread crumbs (I tend to use Gluten-Free crumbs made by Panache Pantry – the Gluten-Free Vintage Sicilian)

1 Cup of shaved parmesan or grated Grana Padano (I used shaved parmesan in the meatballs on Saturday, and had grated Grana Padano on the table for sprinkling)

½ cup of chopped fresh parsley

1 jumbo egg or two small eggs

Water – like maybe a generous ½ cup or more if needed

Once the meatball mixture is really well mixed, I start rolling them into balls and just toss them into the sauce leaving room in between each one so they don’t bump into each other and break up. Once that’s all done I put the lid on the big pan and let it cook slowly for hours, giving a stir in the center of the sauce about every hour. At a minimum I cook it for about five or six hours.

I have many variations of this sauce with timing and some slightly different ingredients, or the preparation of fresh Roma tomatoes. A very delicious addition to this sauce that cooks all day is braising baby spare ribs early on, and also preparing rolled beef bracciole (which are filled with S&P, grated cheese and pignoli nuts) – and then you have real Sunday Italian sauce that’s cooked all day with delicious meats.

My recipes above are not fattening and they are pure and healthy, so please don’t leave out any of the ingredients to skimp on a few calories.

I’m really particular about the San Marzano canned tomatoes if I don’t prepare fresh ones – it’s the white can with the long San Marzano tomatoes on it, I think they’re distributed by a company in Pennsylvania.


Chicken, Shrimp and Filet Satés with Peanut Sauce

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 1 comment
Marinate chicken and shrimp

Marinate chicken and shrimp



For your next BBQ, try something different!

1 cup kecap manis (Sweet Indonesian Soy Sauce)
4 garlic cloves, crushed
Juice of one lime
1 teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ pounds filet mignon, cut into strips across the grain, 1/2” wide, 1/2” thick
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½ inch strips
24 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tails on
36 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least one hour
Banana leaves for serving décor

Peanut Sauce
1 cup creamy peanut butter
Juice of ½ lime
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon chopped jalapeño
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Prepare Satés.
Cut filet and chicken into strips as indicated.
Prepare filet, chicken and shrimp skewers. (Keeping each separate due to different grilling times.)

Make Marinade.

Combine all ingredients and pour over skewered satés in a shallow pan. Refrigerate until ready to grill or broil.

Prepare Peanut Sauce.

Combine all ingredients in small saucepan and stir continuously until sauce begins to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently and leave in saucepan. Reheat when ready to serve.

Grill Satés.
Heat grill on medium heat. Grill the skewers as follows:
The chicken skewers should take about 4 minutes per side.
The filet should take about 3 minutes per side for medium rare.
The shrimp should take about 2 minutes per side. Cook just until they turn white and remove so as not to overcook.