Asparagus with Yogurt Dill Mustard Sauce


I’m enjoying the company of my son Gabriel before he leaves for his military assignment. It’s really nice having him around now for now. You see that kids inherit or pick up a mish and mash of things from their parents; maybe the same eyes or unruly hair, or possibility a streak of stubbornness. One thing he absorbed from me is his interest in cooking. Even as a little boy he like to stand on a chair or sit on the counter and stir the pot of whatever happened to be cooking on the stove. Now as an adult he has his own book of recipes. As a child who grew up in the age of computers you would think that he would have an online cookbook to keep his recipes, but no, he has a moleskin book where he lovingly writes all his favorite recipes.

This week Gabriel is really into a Tzatziki recipe that he found on this blog with the memorable title, He’s already made it three times this week to put on his salads, and it was a hit with his friends at his going away party, too. So I was in the market this morning I saw some asparagus and thought, wouldn’t it be luscious to eat it asparagus with yogurt dill mustard sauce? Ha, his tastes sometimes rub off on me, too. My sauce has the same basic ingredients as her tzatziki, but it has more emphasis of lemon, leaves out . . . → Read More: Asparagus with Yogurt Dill Mustard Sauce


Avocado Tzatziki- 50 Women Game Changers – Cat Cora #48

Avocado Tzatziki


This week is #48 following Gourmet Online’s “50 Women Game Changers” and it’s dedicated to Cat Cora, who gained visibility on the television program The Iron Chef. Follow along with me and other bloggers as we learn more about her.

Of Greek heritage, Cat Cora was raised in Mississippi. Like some of the previous game changers, she had restaurant life in her blood; both her father and her grandfather were restaurateurs. Her cooking career began when she attended the Culinary Institute of America. Afterwards, she apprenticed at various restaurants in New York: the Arcadia, and the Beekman Tavern; and in France with two three-star chefs, George Blanc and Roger Verge. She made the move to Napa Valley, California, to be Chef at Bistro Don Giovanni. However, if you asked Cat she would say that it was her family, and her Greek Community that had “an incalculable” influence on her career.

Television has treated Cora well. Besides the Iron Chef America, Cora has appeared on the Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito, Kitchen Accomplished, Celebrity Cooking Showdown, and her own show My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, to name a few. And she has three cookbooks: Cooking From the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals; and Classics with a Twist and Cat Cora’s Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends. Her approach in these books is fast, healthy, and family friendly recipes.

Cat used her notoriety to create Chefs for Humanity a non-profit organization that attempts to . . . → Read More: Avocado Tzatziki- 50 Women Game Changers – Cat Cora #48