Blog: The Place to Dish with Fellow Foodies

Wherever I go, I sample the local cuisine, taste the regional wine and cocktails, and prowl for the best culinary products. Back at home, I experiment with my own food and beverage concoctions. Sometimes I travel with specific ingredients and tools so I can cook special dishes for family and friends. And nothing gets my creative juices flowing like holidays and entertaining. Sound familiar? If so, maybe my favorite discoveries, realizations, and recipes will inspire your own adventures, and you’ll want to share them here.

Creamy Greek Tzatziki Dip Recipe from Stranded Foodie

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For me, there’s nothing like a flavorful cool and creamy tzatziki dip. If you like Mediterranean food as I do, then you should have this recipe in your foodie file. It’s tangy and [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Recipe for Warm Artichoke, Green Chiles, & Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Dip

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One of my favorite comforting appetizers to make for the Super Bowl game, is my warm artichoke, green chiles, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese dip. My recipe is a take on this classic 80’s dip, but I cut back the mayonnaise and add sour cream to the recipe. Then, I add some minced green onions and Italian [Read more…]

Perfect Pesto Recipe from Stranded Foodie

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I could eat pesto by the spoonful, and trust me, I do! There is something so special that happens when you combine fresh basil leaves with pine nuts, some incredible tasting Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and some salt and pepper. It’s most [Read more…]

Lamb and Feta Meatballs with Creamy Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe from Stranded Foodie

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For me, there’s nothing like a moist flavorful lamb meatball dipped in some cool tzatziki sauce. They’re a fantastic appetizer that can easily be made ahead of time and served at your next gathering. Did you know that tzatziki sauce is always better served the next day? Perhaps, I’ll serve them for Easter. Which is right around the corner. And, if you love lamb, but some of your guests may not, this is the perfect solution [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Garlic Tarragon Aioli Recipe

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One of the most delicious Provençal traditional sauce is aioli. Similar to mayonnaise, this creamy sauce is made with egg yolks, garlic, fresh lemon juice and olive oil creating an emulsion. I love how versatile aioli is because you can add other flavor goodies to this recipe to create different versions. Like swapping out the tarragon and adding chipotle peppers for another crazy good twist.

You can use this delectable sauce as a great dip, a sandwich spread, for a nice Provençal-style fish soup, or dollop some on grilled meat or fish. [Read more…]

Easy Fresh Mayonnaise Recipe from Stranded Foodie

If you have not made mayonnaise from scratch, you’ll see how fast and easy this recipe is to whip up in your own kitchen. Not to mention, there’s nothing like the taste of homemade mayo. It’s so flavorful and amazingly different from the jar variety! With only a few ingredients (that most of us have in our pantry), you can make a batch using your food process or blender. All you need are egg yolks, Dijon mustard, oil and some fresh lemon juice. You will want to make sure you use the freshest eggs when making mayo from scratch.

By adding additional flavor goodies to my basic recipe, you can use it in many different dishes. For example, add some herbs [Read more…]

Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Flavorful Chimichurri Sauce Recipe ~ from Stranded Foodie

If you haven’t yet tried Chimichurri sauce, you’ll have to try it the next time you grill a steak. Just spoon some over the steak and serve. Or, try it on fish, chicken, or add it to a pasta dish.

Originally from Argentina, this flavorful vibrant green condiment is typically made from parsley, cilantro, garlic, oregano, olive oil, red vinegar and some chili pepper for heat. It’s very similar to a pesto. I like to add a little fresh lemon juice, a pinch of cumin and smoked paprika for [Read more…]