Sole Veronique with Fresh Herbs and Sweet Red Grapes

Sole Veronique with Fresh Herbs and Sweet Red Grapes

This is one of the first French fish recipes I learned to prepare, oh so many years ago.  In fact, this is one of those recipes that became a Bennett family favorite because of… you guessed it, the sauce!   And as some of you know, I  love “options” when it comes to my recipes, so if you’d like to grill a piece of halibut rather than wrestle with the Dover Sole, I’ll give you an optional recipe for just the sauce....

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Savory Strawberry Sauce with Grilled Salmon

Savory Strawberry Sauce with Grilled Salmon

Several years ago, Ranger Craig and I took the two Sassy Bennett gals to see the Washington Coast.  We found a tiny little Inn that just so happened to have a restaurant.  Score!  Maybe. It was in a remote area of Western Washington, and honestly, I was a little hesitant as to what this little Inn might offer in the way of a dinner menu.  Well hold the phone and pinch my arm!  My taste buds were pleasantly surprised.   Not only did they serve...

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Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella

When it comes to a weeknight meal most people think chicken.  It’s not terribly expensive, it’s readily available, easy to prepare and almost all of us have about a half-dozen chicken recipes we’ve been preparing or eating most of our lives.  However, if you’re like me, I get tired of my same old chicken recipes.  I’m always scouring around for new ideas and recipes for preparing chicken.  And although I do have quite a few in...

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Maple Rum Sauce over Grilled Plantains and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Maple Rum Sauce over Grilled Plantains and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

The Bennett Crew loves plantains.  Especially when they are green and we slice them up and fry them to make Patacones.  But because we were looking for something sweet to eat, I thought the plantains would make a decadent dessert. When plantains turn dark and soft, they are sweeter, much like a banana.  My sister in law, Paula, who is from Colombia, fries or grills the sweet plantains and then drizzles honey and cinnamon over the top as a...

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Grilled Gulf Shrimp with a Spicy Apricot Sauce

Grilled Gulf Shrimp with a Spicy Apricot Sauce

Many years ago while attending culinary classes, I would come home after each class and duplicate the recipes and techniques in my own kitchen.  The classes I attended were mostly classic French with additional classes concentrating in Italian cuisine and Mexican cuisine.  Most of my classes consisted of some sort of sauce that topped the recipe.  Naturally, everything I prepared at home was now topped with a sauce.  However, one evening I was...

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