Mimi’s Salmon with Creamy Lemon Tarragon Sauce


Many years ago I made dinner for my boyfriend and his 7-year-old son (who are now my husband and our 28-year-old stepson).  I was really trying to win Jeff over and I knew he loved lobster.  So, I made a dish straight out of Gourmet Magazine featuring the classic combination of lobster and tarragon.  It was not the hit I expected — Jeff thought the tarragon tasted like soap.  Nice try! Recently, when I wanted to reintroduce tarragon to my line up of spices, I just sort of started adding stuff to greek yogurt to see what I could come up with.  I ended up with this sauce that perfectly complements poached salmon.

Poached salmon fillets with creamy lemon tarragon sauce 

Sautéed sugar snap peas

Rice pilaf

Strawberries dipped in melted chocolate

Kendall Jackson Avant 2010

Baileyanna Grand Firepeak Cuvee Pinot Noir 2009

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Sue’s Tri-colored Peppers over Spaghetti


Believe me, I’ve made this a million times. It was a “go to” meal when my boys were growing up.  We’d all sit out on the front porch of our home in Forest Hills with candles lit, plates of pasta and salad (wine for mom and dad, of course) and celebrate the first warm evenings of the season.  It’s a super easy dinner that’s economical, pretty and doesn’t require you to heat up your kitchen. The warm weather is here finally.  Yay!  So who the heck wants to spend their evening slaving over a hot stove?

Tri-Colored Peppers over Spaghetti

Arugula and Baby Greens Herb Mix Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Ciabatta Bread

Vanilla Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Shavings

Your favorite white or red wine

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Mimi’s Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri Sauce


I wanted to make a really memorable dinner for my stepson and his girlfriend when we were visiting Denver.  He got a new job and she got a promotion so we had much to celebrate and started our dinner with champagne.  My goal was to make a simple meal a bit special for them (or turn “the everyday into a celebration”).  I think my plan worked.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the food — the plates and serving platters were clean at the end of the meal!

Roasted pork tenderloin with chimichurri sauce

Rice with red beans and cilantro

Tomato cucumber avocado salad

Caribbean bananas over vanilla ice cream

Cain Concept 2001

Here’s how I set the dining room table.  (Yes, it’s very similar to Easter because it was during the same visit.)


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Sue’s Chicken Marsala


So, if you’ve been following our “What to Eat Wednesday” series you’re probably starting to get your “kitchen mojo”.  We think it’s time to step it up a little.  This is a simple meal but it has its challenges too.   We think it’s kind of special for your mid-week celebration because making a rich wine sauce to enhance your chicken is not your typical chicken cutlet.  Why not be a little indulgent and make a creamy lemony “mousse” to finish off the meal?

Chicken Marsala

Wide Egg Noodles

Sauteed Escarole

Lemon Mousse with Blackberries

Santa Margherita Pinto Grigio 2011

Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2011

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March Margarita Madness (12-14 Guests)


OK, no kidding, I am just about over this winter!  I always feel like March is the toughest month to get through.  The holidays are behind us and we are in limbo waiting for Spring.  We are going to celebrate with March Margarita Madness.  What better way to spark things up than to invite a few friends over for a late afternoon casual buffet supper?  Is someone you love a fanatic about NCAA basketball championships and glued to the TV?  Don’t fret this is the perfect excuse to have a celebration!

Menu for a Buffet Supper

Pico de gallo (hot)

Pico de gallo (mild)



Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup 

A variety of garnishes for the soup

Jicama Carrot Slaw

Corn Bread

Rice Pudding Cones

And Some Drink Ideas


Corona Beer

Dos Equis Beer

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

A to Z Pinot Gris 2011

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2009


This table is fabulous.  It’s bright, cheery and colorful.  It simply screams:  “Time to Celebrate!”.   The snow reminds us we are not through  with winter yet and this is the perfect antidote to a dreary afternoon.  Of course, I’m always up for a casual get together and this fits the bill perfectly.  Serving soup in coffee mugs means I can walk around and visit with all the guests.

Hey Sue!! You know what’s really fabulous?  MY iguana salt and pepper shakers named Iggy and Ziggy.  They are ready to “shake it up” and celebrate.


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