MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen:  Our Favorite Recipes

 

 

 

From Our Kitchen To Yours

“A passion for food is a passion for life” – Old Italian saying

Welcome to MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen!

Tom and I love to travel … and to eat!  When Tom started Travels With Mai Tai Tom, MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen was added as a way to help Tom build content.  Somewhere along the way, I realized I enjoyed sharing recipes and really liked writing and taking pictures.  I started by posting some of our favorites recipes from our years of entertaining.  I have kept track of the menus for every single dinner and party we have had at our house since 1999.  We like to host, what can I say?

Our very first party in 1991 was a Blazing Saddles costume party where we served Yankee Bean Soup and Tuna Surprise (food from the movie – not to worry, those recipes are not here).  Our second effort was Thanksgiving, where the turkey erupted in flames.  Apparently, it was a very juicy turkey and the drippings spilled out and caught fire in the oven.  As I recall, everything turned out great despite our beagle snatching a loaf of cranberry bread from the table.

We are much improved since those two efforts.  The recipes I share with you are our favorites; ones that can’t go wrong and that we feel are worth the effort.  Our motto: “Good Food, Great Friends and Fun.” 

On the travel side of things, I am the “Scribe.”  I take copious notes that Tom magically transforms into his trip reports and posts.  I am also his back up photographer; if it is a close up or a panorama, that is probably mine.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we like sharing them!

“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child

Tracy & Tom

Browse by Course

Breakfast 

Starter

Soup and Salad

Cocktail

Side

Main

Dessert

Dog Treats

 


May 2, 2022

Mini Frittatas with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach & Prosciutto

Anytime Frittatas Mini Frittatas with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach & Prosciutto Breakfast Here is a recipe that I made for Easter brunch, but it would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a breakfast on-the-go. Bursting with the fresh flavors of roasted red peppers, shallots and spinach, combined with crispy Prosciutto […]
April 4, 2022

Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta

Sumptuous, Sweet, Citrusy Sensation Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta Dessert Every vacation Tom falls madly in love with a dessert which he orders the entire trip. Recently, friend Mary made this Lemon Panna Cotta from Ruth Reichl, and we were transported back to our 2008 trip to Italy, where Tom fell […]
March 12, 2022

Irish Stout Cake with Irish Cream & Espresso Buttercream Frosting

Irish Eyes Will Be Smiling Irish Stout Cake with Irish Cream & Espresso Buttercream Frosting Dessert When Cooking Light magazine briefly went out of business, they sent me Eating Well in its place. I frequently try recipes from both and like how they lighten up recipes and explain why they […]
February 17, 2022

Red Lentil Soup with Saffron

Healthy and Delicious Red Lentil Soup with Saffron Soup After opening the tin of saffron that my friend Joanne brought back from Dubai to make the Roasted Carrot and Saffron Risotto, I needed to use it up fairly quickly before it lost its flavor. Fortunately for me, Eating Well magazine […]
January 26, 2022

Roasted Carrot and Saffron Risotto

Starchy Saffron Sensation Roasted Carrot and Saffron Risotto Main, Starter or Side My good friend Joanne brought me a tin of saffron from the Spice Souk in Dubai. The saffron was a deep, rich scarlet and so fragrant you could smell it through the tin it was stored in. That’s […]
December 29, 2021

Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew with Red Wine Sauce)

Parisian Perfect For A Winter Evening Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew with Red Wine Sauce) When our menu is French, Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris is my go-to cookbook! Ina’s Boeuf Bourguignon is a great recipe and is best made the day before. Hearty, homey and deeply satisfying, this savory stew […]
December 15, 2021

Baked Fennel, Pancetta and Blue Cheese Dip

A Dip To Celebrate The Holidays Baked Fennel, Pancetta and Blue Cheese Dip Starter Here is a recipe from Better Home & Gardens that I have been making since 2004. I recall tearing this from one of those holiday appetizers issues that I am unable to avoid purchasing in the […]
December 6, 2021

Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Comfort Soup Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup Soup and Salad This soup recipe from the Barefoot Contessa’s latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, is silky, creamy deliciousness. An explosion of flavor from the leeks, carrots and fennel combined with fresh tarragon, cream sherry and a Parmesan cheese rind tossed in […]
November 15, 2021

Barefoot Contessa’s Spicy Pimento Cheese Spread

Cheesy Kick Starter Barefoot Contessa’s Spicy Pimento Cheese Spread Starter Last year I received Modern Comfort Food, a Barefoot Contessa Cookbook from my boss because she knows how much I LOVE Ina Garten. (Thanks, Sascha!). I tagged many recipes to try and the first one was Spicy Pimento Cheese Spread. […]
September 25, 2021

Shirley’s Favorite Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Topping

Sweet Snickerdoodle SensationShirley’s Favorite Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Topping Dessert Snickerdoodles are one of Tom’s favorite cookies, and when I came across a snickerdoodle recipe that rolled the cookies in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal …. Whaaat? We immediately purchased a box of cereal to try, but we ate it […]
September 9, 2021

Peach and Pancetta Risotto

Peachy Keen RisottoPeach and Pancetta Risotto Side or Main It was nearing the end of peach season in early September, and since I had two ripe peaches calling my name, I wanted a new way to utilize one of our favorite fruits for dinner. Tom and I were in the […]
August 23, 2021

Dijon Panko-Crusted Baked Salmon

Salmon Chanted EveningDijon Panko-Crusted Baked Salmon Main As I may have mentioned before, we don’t eat a lot of seafood here in MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen, we leave that to long time traveling companion Mary (seen here at a fish feast when we visited Croatia).We did dine on plenty of clam […]
July 29, 2021

Baked Beans with Chipotle and Bacon

Bountiful Beans Baked Beans with Chipotle and Bacon Side Years ago we tasted the best baked beans with friends Kevin and Melissa. Kevin’s grandma’s baked bean recipe, which is a spin on Carolina Barbecue Beans using three kinds of beans: baked beans in tomato sauce, red kidney beans and green […]
July 1, 2021

Potato Salad with Lemon, Rosemary & Pancetta

Piquant Potato SaladPotato Salad with Lemon, Rosemary & Pancetta Soup and Salad When it comes to potatoes, there aren’t many tuber techniques we won’t at least try once.  That includes one that has become a summer side favorite over the years … Potato Salad with Lemon, Rosemary & Pancetta.  This […]
June 19, 2021

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Cilantro Slaw

Marvelous Meatless BurgerSpicy Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Cilantro Slaw Main With meatless burgers becoming more and more popular, I decided to try these burgers for a meatless Monday.  Although Tom is a registered meat-aholic, he was on board with my experiment, because he likes beans and also acknowledged […]
May 7, 2021

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Cheddar Breakfast Crescent Roll Ring

Bringing Home The Bacon … and Eggs … and Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Cheddar Breakfast Crescent Roll Ring Breakfast After salivating over a Kerrygold ad that featured an egg crescent ring dish, I emailed Kerrygold and they sent me the recipe together with some coupons! I had not tried […]