Rita’s Kitchen

Crème Caramel – Always Classy, Always Easy

Crème Caramel – Always Classy, Always Easy

Creme caramel belongs on the short list for World’s Greatest Dessert.* This time-honored custard is well known in France, Italy, and of course Spain where it’s called flan, as it’s referred to in Mexico as well. How is my creme caramel different than others? The custard (creme) is […]

Fresh Corn Salad and Chowder- yumm

Fresh Corn Salad and Chowder- yumm

Summer isn’t quite summer unless there’s fresh sweet corn. Corn on the cob from the farmers market — yellow, white or bi-color — is so tasty. Yet sometimes that buttered cob can be a bit too routine, too predictable. So here are two delicious ways […]

Quinoa Arugula Summer Salad

Quinoa Arugula Summer Salad

    Move over potato and mac salads. Quinoa is stepping in. I shared this salad with my neighbors, and soon thereafter a call came in: “We want the recipe!” My orange bitters-laced dressing gives an appealing flavor twist to this refreshing and healthy salad. Cook the quinoa […]

Asparagus Risotto – An Easier Way

Asparagus Risotto – An Easier Way

Its springtime and asparagus is in full bloom. Risotto is one of my favorite ways to use asparagus, especially when combined with a bit of fresh lemon peel, a dusting of sage or marjoram, and a swirl of zesty grated cheese. Risotto does not require that you […]

Classic Quiche for Spring Time

Classic Quiche for Spring Time

Whether for Passover, Easter or simply to welcome spring, quiche is so delicious and quite easy to make. My recipe uses two ingredients that make a big flavor difference:  Swiss Gruyère cheese and Angostura aromatic bitters. Both provide wonderful rich depth that takes traditional quiche […]

Best Buttermilk Pancakes

Best Buttermilk Pancakes

Yes, these are the best I’ve ever had — and the simplest. Rosie agrees! (See her variation notes below.) I developed the recipe for a client years ago and did lots of research to arrive at the ideal balance of ingredients for thick, nice-rising pancakes. Yet, it’s the crunchy […]

My Practical Kitchen

My Practical Kitchen

You know how annoying it can be when you’re in the middle of cooking, reach for a whisk, and it gets tangled up with other utensils. Well, I have some tips to share from my ‘practical kitchen’ that might help you untangle and simplify your kitchen. […]

Mango Tango Ice Pops

Mango Tango Ice Pops

Mango Tango Ice Pops Prep time: 15 minutes if using pre-cut fruit     Freeze time: 2-3 hours Makes 12 ice pops (4 cups puree) 1/2     cup Angostura® 7-Year Caribbean Rum (4 oz.) 1/4     tsp. Angostura® Orange Bitters 3        cups diced* ripe mango (about 16 oz.) 3        cups diced […]

Black Bean, Corn & Red Pepper Salsa

Black Bean, Corn & Red Pepper Salsa

This refreshing twist on salsa is perfect for summer. Tasty, a bit crunchy and good for you (aside from the chips, of course). A yummy way to eat your veggies. For the corn, leftover cooked corn-on-the-cob is perfect. Just slice it off the cob and […]

Hydroponic Herbs

Hydroponic Herbs

  Perhaps you’ve noticed Living Herbs in your local grocery store. They’ve become quite popular — as have hydroponic herbs. They are super handy to have especially during chilly months or if you’re not inclined to plant and grow your own herbs. My Mountain View CA farmers market has a […]