Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek
Food for Celebration

Whether it's an intimate dinner for two or a picnic for thirty, good food makes special occasions extra special. 


You'll find recipes perfect for a romantic dinner for two.  Some foods have ingredients considered to be aphrodisiacs.  Other are just plain tasty.  The Costa Rican recipes come from our time spent running a bed & breakfast in Costa Rica.  There will also be a few recipes for our favorite drinks.  Watch for new recipes and categories each month.


All of the recipes are wheat-free, and most of them are also gluten-free. 



     - Black Bean Salsa

     - Buffalo Chicken Dip

     - Cheese Krispies

     - Four Senses Appetizer

        - Grape Balls of Ginger (and Almonds)

     - Guacamole with Pomegranate and Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

     - Hummus

     - Jicama with Lime

     - Kale Chips

     - Oyster Tasting

     - Pepperoni Pizza Dip

     - Patacones (Plantain Chips)

     - Pico de Gallo     

     - Shrimp Ceviche

     - Smoked Salmon Corn Cakes

     - Smoked Salmon Pate

     - Venezuelan Pico de Gallo



     - Agave Vinaigrette

     - Apple Kale Salad

     - Asian Pear Date Salad

     - Blender Dressing

     - Blue Cheese Cole Slaw

     - Cucumber Salad

     - Dijon Pine Nut Salad

     - Edamame Corn Salad

     - Kale Salad

     - Mango Chicken Salad

     - Papaya Seed Dressing

     - Poppy Seed Dressing 

     - Quinoa Salad

     - Tahini Dressing

     - Warm Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Greens

     - Warm Portabella Salad

     - Warm Spinach Salad with Chicken

     - Zesty Potato Salad



     - Dave's Curry Soup with Chicken or Shrimp

     - Garlic Soup

     - Gazpacho

     - Green Chili with Smoked Pork Tenderloin 

     - New England Clam Chowder 

     - Roasted Asparagus and Chicken Soup

     - Sweet Potato Crab Soup  

     - West African Peanut Soup



     - Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies

     - Caramelized Bananas and Pecans over Oatmeal

     - Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

     - Date Nut Muffins (or Bread)

     - Egg Tortas

     - Green Chili Quiche with Potato Crust

     - Nacho Everyday Eggs (also called Migas)

     - Peppered Asparagus Frittata with Smoked Gouda

     - Salmon Quiche  

     - Scrambled Eggs with Kale and Smoked Salmon

     - Smoked Salmon and Artichoke Quiche with Potato Crust

     - Smoked Salmon Hash

     - Ziplock Omelet 



     - Barbecue Salmon

     - Chalupas

     - Chicken Peanut Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

     - Chile Rellenos Casserole with Pork and Pecans

     - Clam and Artichoke Sauce over Rice

     - Cocoa-Crusted Shrimp
     - Flambéed Shrimp with Fennel and Sun-dried Tomatoes

     - Grilled Sesame Chicken

     - Halibut with Red Curry Sauce    

        - Lavender pepper steak

     - Maria Eugenia Cavazos's Chile Rellenos with Pork and Pecans

     - Eduardo Cavazos's Chipotle Salsa

     - Mediterranean Orange Roughy (or Halibut) 

     - Opah with Pico de Gallo and Sweet Potato Fries 

     - Pan-seared Scallops with Cajun Succotash

     - Papaya, Sweet Potato and Chicken Tacos

     - Pesto-Crusted Salmon

     - Pork Loin with Leeks

     - Rib Eye Tacos with Pico de Gallo

     - Salmon with Pesto and Orange Sauce

     - Sole Mates

     - Sweet and Sour Pork

     - Thai Noodle Bowls with Chicken

     - Wichita Salmon


Side Dishes

     - Calabacitas

     - Coconut Risotto

     - Gallo Pinto

     - Lemon Orange Pilaf

     - Mushroom Risotto

     - Onion and Pine Nut Risotto

     - Orange-Glazed Carrots with Mint

     - Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

     - Risotto Cakes

     - Roasted Ratatouille

     - Roasted Winter Vegetables

     - Sautéed Kale and Brussels Sprouts



      - Balsamic Strawberries with Lemon Creme Fraiche

      - Buttermilk Fudge

      - Chocolate Covered Strawberries

      - Chocolate Truffle Cake

      - English Toffee

      - Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

      - Meringue Cookies

      - Orange Blossom Pie

      - Rum Cake



     - Hot Buttered Rum

     - Jan's Healthy Coffee

     - Jim's 4-1-1 Margaritas 

     - Pear-Ginger Martini

     - Pomegranate Margatinis


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