Sue’s Salmon Pouches with Red Onion and Lemon


Ok, so the last couple of weeks we really celebrated and loaded up on hearty soup, carb-filled pasta and garlic bread.  We don’t want to end up “big fatties” so this week we’ll celebrate on the “light side”.  We love salmon because it is so healthy, tasty and a snap to cook.  What’s not to like?

Salmon pouches with red onion and lemon

Glazed roasted carrots and brussel sprouts

Artisanal bread and extra virgin olive oil for dipping

Fresh pears, blue cheese, walnuts

Onabay Yellow Crown Chardonnay 2009

Frederic Esmonin Bourgogne Rouge Les Genevrieres

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Mimi’s Sausage, Bean, Escarole and Fennel Soup


One day it’s 55 degrees and sunny and the next day it’s snowing.  For some reason I always expect March will be warmer than it actually is.  Plus, everyone (including me) has a cold so I’m making a “cure all” soup to warm us and make us feel better.  This soup is so hearty all you really need is a little salad and some bread and you have a great meal.  Plus, I love the combination of sweet Italian sausage and fennel.

Italian sausage, white bean, escarole  and fennel soup

Escarole salad

Parmesan crusted garlic bread

Blood orange sections

Vignetti Del Sole Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  2011

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Mimi’s Penne with Tomato Basil Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella


When I was a kid Wednesday was spaghetti night.  My dad said it just didn’t seem like Wednesday unless he had spaghetti because that’s what his mom always made.  (As a newlywed, he foolishly told my mother her spaghetti just didn’t taste like his mom’s. YIKES!)  So, when Wednesday rolls around I am thinking of pasta and red wine.  One day I just started throwing ingredients into the sauté pan with the tomatoes and ended up with this recipe.   We love it so much my husband and I stuff ourselves every time I make it and I’m at the gym on the treadmill the next day!

Penne with Tomato Basil Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella

Garlic Bread

Caesar Salad

(Optional addition:  baked Italian marinated chicken breasts)

Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2009

Sue says:  This wine bottle even has the straw wrapped around it for that real Italian ambiance!  Get a red checkered tablecloth, a candle in a chianti bottle and you are in business!

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Sue’s Flounder and Tomato Fennel Compote with Dry Vermouth

It’s the middle of the week, you can’t wait for the weekend and you want something quick, easy and tasty that is not take-out. Here’s my answer:  eat like you live in the mediterranean.  A nice piece of fish, a salad, a lightly dressed orzo pasta and, of course, no meal is complete without a glass of wine.

Flounder and  Tomato Fennel Compote with Dry Vermouth

Orzo Pasta

Baby Romaine and Roasted Brussel Sprouts in Lemon Vinaigrette

The Steven Kent Winery Chardonnay 2010

A to Z Pinot Noir 2011

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Impress Your Sweetheart!


Impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s day by following my time tested secrets.   First of all you should forget about trying to knock their socks off preparing some elaborate complicated meal you saw on the Food Network (that means don’t listen to anything Mimi says!)  Invite them into the kitchen with you, relax with a glass of champagne and let them see you in action.  Do as much “dirty work”  ahead of time so you will be able to enjoy each other’s company.  And, guess what, it’s the thought and the love that counts.  Who really cares if the celebration is  not picture perfect?


Crudite and dip

Scharffenberger Brut Excellence

Rosemary and garlic crusted loin lamb chops

Scalloped potatoes

Baby spinach salad with balsamic raspberry vinaigrette

Joel Gott Blend No. 815 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolate truffles and berries


Asparagus sushi rolls

Scharffenberger Brut Excellence

Asian style salmon

Cold sesame noodles

Sweet and Sour pickled cucumber salad

Cloudline Pinot Noir 2011

Berry sorbet and chocolate ice cream



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