On my first trip to Italy, I'd religiously finish the day with a cone of straciatella gelato while the adults would sip on ice-cold Limoncello. Though I didn't ever try more than an eyedropper full of the stuff, the intensely sweet, floral lemony flavor stayed with me and inspired these very adult Limoncello Creamsicle Popsicles.
One of my fave moments during my recent trip to the Amalfi coast was at the hillside town of Ravello where I spent a lazy day poolside. While there I tried these super light elderflower spritzes and I've quickly become a fan.
There are times you gotta go 100% classic. Like with tiramisu. A few quality ingredients and a little extra effort means the difference between a soggy or heavy version or a light, airy, not-too-sweet one like this recipe!
In this super simple salad, pencil-thin asparagus are charred on a grill then tossed with a quick lime and olive oil combo. The twist I added was making a twist on Egyptian dukkah (a seed-herb-nut mix used for dipping bread) and used classic Mexican ingredients like cumin, Mexican oregano, pistachios, and almonds.
If you know me, then you know I have a thing for Piri Piri sauce, which explains my love for Nando's Peri Peri joint. When we were filming Off Menu in Washington DC, I ate there and got the chicken with tons of mashed peas. The mashed peas are buttery but have herbs and a good amount of chili heat, which make them the inspiration for this Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta.
Santa Ynez has a downtown that looks like it's a freeze frame from an old Western movie, but then has gems like SY Kitchen. We couldn't stop raving about this Fusilli alla Salsiccia so I recreated it here; but, let's be real, you should travel there to taste for yourself!
We all have our own romanticized vision of the perfect day in France. For us, it would be incomplete without a classic French Madeleine to savor at the end of our meal. Buttery and delicate, these are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. Enjoying a view of the Burgundy countryside with these cookies is optional, but recommended.
My friend Mychael wins at life — he moved to Kauai to open a little hotel off the beaten path and he's transformed that little corner of the island into a refuge with laidback vibes that make Kauai so special. Yes, the atmosphere of The Palmwood is super special but I loved their breakfast, especially this Croissant Banana Tarte Tatin!