Jumbo BBQ Meatballs with Queso & Fritos

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Jumbo BBQ Meatballs with Queso & Fritos

These jumbo beef meatballs are tossed in homemade scallion BBQ sauce then served over queso and with a side of fritos.

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Heirloom Tomato, Prosciutto & Burrata with Garlic-Basil Oil & Grilled Bread

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Heirloom Tomato, Prosciutto & Burrata with Garlic-Basil Oil & Grilled Bread

This salad combines some of my favorite ingredients into one dish: sliced heirloom tomato - a fresh and vibrant summer staple - blends well with salty prosciutto, creamy burrata and crusty grilled bread. Get ready to put this garlic-basil oil on absolutely everything!

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Hot Mexican Spinach Dip

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Hot Mexican Spinach Dip

This cheesy spinach dip filled with tomatoes, green chilies and tomatoes combines Mexican and Mediterranean flavors for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

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Brown Butter Scallops with Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, Pickled Shallots & Serrano

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Brown Butter Scallops with Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, Pickled Shallots & Serrano

These scallops are seared so that they are golden-brown and are served with a nutty brown butter sauce that contrasts with the fresh, sweet taste of watermelon and the spicy notes of the Serrano pepper.

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Yellowtail Sashimi with Serrano & Ponzu

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Yellowtail Sashimi with Serrano & Ponzu

Variations of this dish can frequently be found at plenty of sushi restaurants but I started eating a similar plate at the Nobu in Malibu.

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Garlic Soy Edamame

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Garlic Soy Edamame

The pods are glazed in soy sauce and garlic with just a hint of spice from the cayenne and whole peppers.

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Lemon Garlic Hummus

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Lemon Garlic Hummus

I usually start with a base – plain hummus - then add all sorts of ingredients. In this case I add extra lemon and garlic for added zest.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

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Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

I’ve been on a sun dried tomato kick recently. I’ve been adding them to everything from hummus to pizza.

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Whipped Feta Dip

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Whipped Feta Dip

This zesty dip reminds me of sitting in the warm sun at a bed and breakfast I stayed at with my family in Aegina, Greece.

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Cherry Tomato “Naked Bruchetta” Crostini

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Cherry Tomato “Naked Bruchetta” Crostini

I like to think of this as "naked bruschetta " because the cherry tomatoes are so juicy and flavorful you don’t need any other flavors, they just enhance the flavors that are already there.

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