Recipe: Baked Halibut with Cheese Sauce and Wilted Arugula

This has been one of my family’s favorite recipes for years.  We usually have halibut with cheese sauce on a bed of wilted spinach, but since we had some arugula in the fridge that was nearing its expiration date I used arugula in place of the spinach.  For this recipe, I prefer spinach, which has a mellower taste than arugula.

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Chilled Cucumber and Zucchini Soup (Recipe)

This cucumber and zucchini soup makes a great summer appetizer or even a main course.  I like it best chilled, but it can also be served warm.  Jaime and I made this soup for our summer party and served it in parfait glasses with a Sun Chip, sour cream, and dill garnish.  The chips and sour cream add a nice salty crunchiness and creaminess to the soup respectively.

Cucumber Zucchini Soup

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A Summer Party & Ginger Lime Honeydew Skewers (Recipe)

While we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, Jaime and I spent some time putting together a menu for a summer party.  We wanted to serve a summery menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres that would minimize–albeit not entirely eliminate–our oven use during the party.  We hosted the first of what we hope will be many gatherings in our new home this past weekend.  Here is what made our final menu–displayed on my DIY chalkboard:

Chalkboard menuThe sesame chicken, stuffed mushrooms, and prosciutto rolls all required baking, but we baked these at the very beginning of the party and then turned off the oven and kept them warm in chafing dishes.  We served some of our favorite recipes at this party and I plan to share many of the recipes here on this blog. Continue reading