Savory Spinach Salad with Bacon, Dates, Blue Cheese, Nuts and a Chocolate-Ginger Vinaigrette | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

Nova_7230January 13, 2016spinach saladWhen chocolate was announced as this month’s theme, I thought “not for me“. I’m a savory gal. But I hated to miss out on the challenge and the opportunity to shake up the pages of FOODalogue which have lain dormant for a month.

So, I played a game of “what if?” employing my usual methodology … whatever was on-hand. Read More

Sicily on My Table

Nova_6388October 25, 2015Sicily on My Table

A few days after returning from Sicily, my suitcase had yet to be taken back to storage and my clothes while laundered were hidden away and awaiting their date with the ironing board. My priorities? Working on my trip photos and preparing a meal inspired by my culinary experiences. First things first. Read More

A Real HAM-burger | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

Nova_1846February 04- 2015HAMburger
What is a burger really?

The classic and simplest version is a protein patty (usually ground beef) on a bun with a condiment and generally a fresh element, like a piece of lettuce or tomato.  Oh yes, there’s often cheese. But it doesn’t end there; the more creative and expensive the restaurant, the wider the variety. This month’s challenge was to take a burger someplace it’s never been before. To create something not likely to wind up on the ‘Mickey D’ menu board. Read More

Warm, Spicy and Savory Apple Pot Pie with Cool Apple Cream and Sweet Apple Slaw | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

This month’s challenge allowed us to pick our own ingredient to star in a dish. Easy, right? Well, no … we had to showcase it both hot and cold!

I used the double definitions of ‘hot’ (temperature and spicy) and ‘cold’ (temperature and cooling-off spice effect) in 3 separate apple applications in this dish. Read More