Brazilian Sides and Snacks!

Fried Polenta with Garlic Sauce and Chimichurri… snack time!! A post shared by Lesa Sullivan-Abajian (@lesacooks) on Jun 8, 2017 at 1:46pm PDT For the polenta crisps: 1 cup dried polenta 4 cups salted water or stock 1 tablespoon freshly chopped herbs, or 1 teaspoon dried Rice bran or other high heat oil, about 2 […]

Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

This is a favorite midweek meal that takes about twenty minutes to prepare.   1 large flank steak, about 1-3/4 lb. to 2 lbs. salt, pepper Rice bran, canola, grapeseed, safflower or other high-heat oil   1-1/2 cups Italian parsley, or a combination of parsley, mint, basil, thyme, dill and tarragon ¼ cup cilantro 1 […]

the Pinkening

I love this time of year when everything goes red pink magenta. It means spring is almost here! My favorite food in that color category is, of course, beets. While working in a French style bistro in Seattle’s Capitol Hill in the nineties, we made a lovely pasta tossed with goat cheese, roasted beets and […]

Grilled Fennel Salad

Thanks to everyone who’s joined me so far for my awesome new class at PCC, Mediterranean Grill! This is the salad that I whip up for guests before we get cookin’, just so I’m not staring down a class of the hangries. Enjoy! 1 whole fennel bulb, trimmed of stalks and bulb sliced lengthwise into […]

A Monster of a Garlic Dip!

  Whew! It’s that time of year to get the heck out of the house and into the yard, throw some stuff on the grill and chillax. This is one of my favorite things to put on oh, you know, everything… whether it’s from off the grill or straight from the refrigerated deli section. (It’s […]

Rustic, Italian! Tuscan Bean Dip

Thanks to everyone who joined me this evening for my cooking class, Rustic Italian Cooking at As promised, here is the recipe for this evening’s appetizer. Easy, delicious, and super-fast. Enjoy! Tuscan Bean Dip with Rosemary and Olive Oil 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained ¾  cup stock or water, plus more if needed […]