English Tea Sandwiches (recipe)

These little finger sandwiches pack a BIG punch of flavor! Get creative and fill them with some of your own favorite ingredients! Here are a couple of my favorites. PS: These babies go GREAT with our Champagne Sangria. Give it a try! Click here for the recipe. Enjoy!

Caprese Kabobs (recipe)

These easily grab-able, perfectly delectable, and CARB-FREE treats will go like hotcakes at your summer party. Enjoy!  

Meal Prep! 6 Healthy Dinner Recipes!

These six dinners are healthy AND delicious! And best of all, you can make them in advance and have your meals done for the week, leaving yourself one cheat day…hehe! We ALL deserve a cheat day! In all honesty, these recipes will make you feel like you’re cheating every day…but the fact of the matter…

13 Helpful Kitchen Tips. # 13 is my favorite!

I could write a book (or two) about how we are all busy, and we all want to be healthier, eat better, and become more organized. But we are all aware that time is what we need the most, so I’m just going to cut to the chase. Here are some AWESOME tips to make your…

Conserving Water in the Kitchen

CONSERVING WATER IN THE KITCHEN Polkadot Dinners is making a concerted effort to reduce our water usage. There are so many ways to cut back on wasteful water practices. Here are just a few, VERY SIMPLE things we can all do to help preserve our most precious resource:   Stop pouring out unused coffee! Do…

Beer and cookies? Make me a match!

I’ve read a BUNCH of interesting articles recently about culinary pairings: beer pairings, wine pairings, and various food pairings; not that these are new concepts. But the things being matched up are becoming more and more…well…weird! Weird in a good way. Here’s what I mean: I recently attended a “Beer and Girl Scout Cookie Pairing”…

“Stuffing”? “Dressing”? WHO CARES? It’s delicious!

I’m not going to argue a side on the correct way to say it. Nope! If you’re looking for a debate, move along. Not gonna happen here! Why? BECAUSE I COULD CARE LESS WHAT IT IS CALLED! As long as it is prepared perfectly, and ON MY PLATE, I’m happy! Whether you call it “stuffing”…

Tomatofest! (Recipe included)

I will be a featured guest chef at this year’s Tomatofest at the Auburn Home Show (http://www.auburnhomeshows.com/), and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I’m demo’ing my Tomato Sauce, and I am oh so happy to share my recipe! (Follows) Come see me at 12:30 Saturday, Sept 28, 2013 in the Armory Building at…

Polkadot Dinners Features Fall’s Finest!

Fall is upon us! The planet has completed another full orbit, and has left us once again scratching out a sun-scorched “goodbye” to weekend barbecues, trips to the beach, and pool-side Bellini’s. We’ve begun to change our queries from a perky, “What’s the best snack to bring on a boat?”, to a sophisticated, “How can…

*Featured Recipe* Mandarin & Brie Toasts

This Saturday, August 31, at 7am. and again at 8am, I will be featuring this scrumptious recipe LIVE on Good Day Sacramento! I am so honored (and completely excited!!!!) to have Tina Macuha in MY KITCHEN! WOW!!!!! I’ve been watching Good Day as long as I can remember…and I’ve been a fan of Ms. Macuha…

Low-Carb Manicotti!

You won’t miss the pasta, I promise!  I know that’s a BOLD statement, trust me.  I am a carboholic!  But this simple substitution of roasted eggplant instead of the traditional manicotti pasta shell is so delicious that I actually PREFER it! Give this recipe a try and let me know how much you liked it!   Low-Carb Manicotti 2 Eggplants,…

When in Maui, eat like the locals…order the Ahi!

As a sushi fanatic, it seems as though I have tasted just about every sashimi-grade menu item available; from completely bizarre concepts that may or may not call to me again, to absolutely stunning presentations of sea food that I find myself craving over and over. One thing that almost always makes an appearance on…

Grill those chicken wings!

I’m not gonna lie…fried chicken wings are sinfully delicious and I love them.  I mean, I REALLY love them.  I like them sweet, I like them spicy.  I like them dipped in Bleu Cheese, and I like them dredged in Tzatziki.  I could eat  them in a house, I could…ok, ok.  My point: I could…

Maui bound…but it can’t come quite fast enough!

An up-coming trip to Maui has left me quite impatient for the tastes of the island.  I just can’t wait for the flavors that captivate me when I visit Maui. From Kahlua Pig to Hula Pie, the local fare never ceases to leave me wanting more. My eager foodie desires were the essence of last…