Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Raspberry Basil Bacon Jam Cheeseburgers

Memorial Day Cheeseburgers with Raspberry Basil Bacon Jam

I love a good cheeseburger, grilling, and summer nights. And since it’s almost Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, all those things are on the menu. I went all out on the cheeseburgers I’m featuring in this post. Homemade brioche buns, raspberry basil bacon jam, aged cheddar, arugula, avocado and a spicy mustard…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Camarones a la Mexicana

Spicy Camarones a la Mexicana for Cinco de Mayo

This year we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with spicy Camarones a la Mexicana or Mexican shrimp. I love the simplicity of this recipe because all you need are some nice large shrimp, a few spices found in most kitchen cabinets, lime juice and some fresh cilantro. It really doesn’t get an easier. And the flavor…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Authentic Potato Gnocchi

My New and Improved Authentic Potato Gnocchi Recipe

The end of an era happened earlier this year. This past January, Daring Cook announced that December 2016 was the last Daring Cook Challenge. Although it’s been awhile since I participated, I’m a little sad to see the challenge go. I made new and strange foods that I probably wouldn’t have considered, expanding my food knowledge…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Today, I’m bringing you a real treat using one of my favorite whole grains, a Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs. The hubby and I fell in love with the simple goodness of farro in Italy, where they’ve been growing and eating farro for around 3,000 years. Maybe longer. Here in the US,…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Goat Cheese, Basil, Tomato and Herb Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

18 Recipes for Celebrating Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

It’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.  A day for celebrating all things ooey and gooey on toasted bread. The origin of the grilled cheese sandwich dates back as long as men have had cheese and bread but the modern sandwich as we know it today comes from around the 1920’s. With plenty of cheap presliced bread…

Simply Sophisticated Cooking | Goat Cheese, Basil, Tomato and Herb Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich + Recipe

The grilled cheese sandwich! A statement of heavenly ooey, gooey toasted cheese and bread like in the Goat Cheese, Basil and Tomato and Herb Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich I’m sharing today. There’s a technique to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can throw just any type of bread and…