Open-faced Smoked Salmon and Avocado

A fresh Californian twist with avocado and citrus that takes inspiration from classic bagels and lox.  Try this for a light and tasty treat! What You’ll Need: 3 firm-ripe medium avocados, diced 2 medium scallions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped and additional whole leaves for garnish 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime… Continue reading Open-faced Smoked Salmon and Avocado

Grilled Figs with Mascarpone Cream and Balsamic Vinegar

This delicious dish is perfect for all those end-of-summer nights.  You can also do this with other stone fruits, such as peaches, nectarines or plums—it’s up to you! What You’ll Need: 1 pound fresh figs (cut in half) 1 8oz mascarpone cream at room temperature 2 tablespoons of cream 1 keeping tablespoon of powdered sugar… Continue reading Grilled Figs with Mascarpone Cream and Balsamic Vinegar

Dishing up Recipes: Tuscan Tuna Salad

If you’re looking for a light summer lunch, you’ve come to the right place.  This dish may be light, but it’s simple to make and packed with flavor! What You’ll Need: 3 cans of tuna in olive oil 3 celery stalks, finely chopped ½ purple onion, finely chopped 2 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped ½ can… Continue reading Dishing up Recipes: Tuscan Tuna Salad

Sally’s Place Features Chef Jodi in its August Newsletter

Lajollacooks4u would like to give Sally’s Place a HUGE shout-out for showcasing Chef Jodi in this month’s newsletter! Thank you for selecting Lajollacooks4u and sharing some of our recipes! To read the full newsletter, click here. About Sally’s Place: Editor-in-Chief of Sally’s Place is Sally Bernstein, a premier Internet site for food, beverage and travel… Continue reading Sally’s Place Features Chef Jodi in its August Newsletter

Kitchen Tips: How to Select, Store and Cook Stone Fruit!

Now that we’re at the peak of the summer season, it’s time to take advantage of stone fruits! What are stone fruits, you ask?  They’re peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, cherries – basically any fruit that has a hard “stone” pit in the center.  They’re at their peak from June to September, making now the perfect… Continue reading Kitchen Tips: How to Select, Store and Cook Stone Fruit!

Dishing up Recipes: Ceviche

Looking for a light and refreshing summer dish?  Try our ceviche!  It’s not only easy to prepare, but it won’t weigh you down in the heat! What You’ll Need: 3-5 pounds fresh fish (look for local caught Seabass or Halibut and cut into small cubes) 2-3 cups fresh squeezed lime juice 1 teaspoon sea salt… Continue reading Dishing up Recipes: Ceviche

European Food Tour 2016 — First Stop: France!

Chef Jodi has finally returned from her four-week culinary adventure from around the world, and she can’t wait to share all the delicious recipes that she picked up along the way! Chef Jodi’s culinary adventure began in the Loire Valley, about an hour outside Paris, where she spent the day learning about food and wine… Continue reading European Food Tour 2016 — First Stop: France!