A spicy chicken and pesto pasta dish that's easy to adjust to any heat level. I created it after eating a similar dish at a Santa Monica restaurant, and it's one of my favorites. Serve with additional grated Parmesan, if desired. As an option, it's delicious with creamy goat cheese stirred in at the end.
Dried plums and currants tossed with salted, roasted almonds, creme de cassis, and mint is the stuffing for my rolled lamb roast. It's a very easy way to dress up a lamb roast during the holidays. The simple herb rub adds just the right amount of seasoning along with fresh garlic inserted into the top of the roast. My balsamic basil fig sauce creation drizzled over the sliced lamb is the perfect finishing touch and extremely flavorful thanks to the fresh basil.
Perfect for a tea party, these dainty tart shells are filled with a delicious mixture of chopped figs, citron peel, brown sugar, egg, raisins and nuts. After an hour in the oven, they 're ready to serve with a dab of whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg on top.