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

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December 12, 2020

Cajun Bread Pudding with Jack Daniels Sauce

The Proof is in The (Bread) Pudding Cajun Bread Pudding with Jack Daniels Sauce Dessert This Cajun Bread Pudding is one of the most requested desserts at our holiday parties. It is tied for popularity with Tom’s Famous Black Russian Cake, both of which are easy to make and guaranteed […]
December 5, 2020

Barefoot Contessa’s Crispy English Potatoes with Pancetta

Perfect Potatoes! Barefoot Contessa’s Crispy English Potatoes with Pancetta Side From Ina Garten’s FOOLPROOF, here is our absolute FAVORITE potato recipe! My notes in the cookbook say, “Holy Moly, these are perfect!”  They are so easy to make that I serve them year-round. Golden, crispy, crunchy oven-roasted baby potatoes with […]
November 20, 2020

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Star Anise

“Deliciously Decadent” Soup Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Star Anise Soup In Tom’s prior life (the one where he earned money … I miss those days), he wrote for a number of magazines. Every January, one of the associations he worked with held what could only be called an extravaganza. […]
October 27, 2020

The Bomber’s Best Ever Oatmeal Spice Cookies

Chewy and Crunchy! The Bomber’s Best Ever Oatmeal Spice Cookies Dessert On a recent visit to our friends Kim and Mary, we walked into the aroma of something just out of the oven. I could detect hints of cinnamon and cloves and thought it might be a pumpkin pie (maybe […]
October 8, 2020

Corn and Clam Chowder

Yell A Little Loudah For My New Favorite Chowdah! Corn and Clam Chowder Soup As the long hot summer faded away to autumn, I was looking around for inspiration when I came across this chowder recipe from Boston chef Matthew Jennings. Once I read it included bacon, corn, and jalapeño, […]
September 22, 2020

Spanish-Style Shrimp

Spanish Style Shrimp … The Flay Way Spanish-Style Shrimp Main I finally broke down and purchased Bobby Flay’s most recent cookbook, Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors From My Kitchen.  Although we watch him all the time on Food Network, this is the first cookbook of his I have tried. I’ve […]
September 3, 2020

Roasted Yellow Pepper and Feta Dip

Taking A Dip Roasted Yellow Pepper and Feta Dip Starter Before I met Tom, I had a roommate who didn’t particularly like to cook. It was great because she did want to do the dishes, which worked out perfectly! The one thing Colleen did make was an excellent roasted yellow […]
August 7, 2020

Crème Fraîche Scrambled Eggs à la Bobby Flay

Creamy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs à la Bobby Flay Crème Fraîche Scrambled Eggs à la Bobby Flay Breakfast I don’t know about you, but I am tired of cooking. Tired of thinking of things to cook. Just tired of this whole thing. In an effort to find inspiration, we have […]
July 10, 2020

Marinated Grilled Swordfish with Blistered Tomatoes and Capers

It’s All In The Tomato Topping Marinated Grilled Swordfish with Blistered Tomatoes and Capers Main If you made my late stepfather Mr. C’s Creamy Coleslaw (and hopefully liked it!), then you have a big bottle of Bernstein’s Italian Dressing and Marinade left over. If you were Mr. C, you would […]
July 1, 2020

Ania’s Polish Potato Salad

Polish Potato Salad Perfection Ania’s Polish Potato Salad Side  Our recipe is courtesy of a former co-worker, Ania, who brought this to a potluck 25 years ago.  It was one of the best potato salads I had ever tasted, but it was different from most potato salads I grew up […]
June 26, 2020

Mr. C’s Creamy Coleslaw

It’s All In The Dressing Mr. C’s Creamy Coleslaw Side Here is another fabulous recipe from my late stepfather Mr. C. This dish pairs perfectly with his Grilled Flank Steak with Chile, Cinnamon, and Cumin Marinade. I wish I had more of his recipes, but this is the last one […]
June 17, 2020

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Frankie & Remi Turn 12 Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Biscuit Treats Dog Treats Frankie and Remi turn 12 on June 18. While we usually have a dog party with friends Kona and Kaleia, this year we stayed home so they could practice social distancing.     Actually, I hate […]
June 9, 2020

Orange Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Best.  Cake.  Ever!Orange Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Dessert I have been working from home since mid-March and, judging by the empty shelves of flour at the market, everyone but me has been baking! Thumbing through my cookbooks for inspiration, I came across the Barefoot Contessa’s Parties!, which […]
May 15, 2020

Bacon Burgers with Pancetta and Balsamic Onion Jam

Bringing Home The Bacon … Burgers! Bacon Burgers with Pancetta and Balsamic Onion Jam Main WOW… what more can you say about this recipe we found in the Fine Cooking Grilling 2016 issue?  We think we make pretty, darn tasty burgers, but this recipe blew them all away and is […]
May 1, 2020

Strawberry Leche de Madre

Blended Brunch Delight Strawberry Leche de Madre Cocktail Cocktail The saga of the evolution of today’s refreshing brunch cocktail is somewhat muddled in time, but its path to me is thanks to a friend of my parents, a famed Hollywood and Las Vegas set designer, who also had a connection […]
April 17, 2020

Potato, Soy Chorizo and Veggie Hash with Eggs

Breakfast For Dinner  Potato, Soy Chorizo and Veggie Hash with Eggs Dinner  Breakfast, it’s what’s for dinner!  After a long day, there are times we just can’t figure out what we want for dinner. Truth be told, it happens to us a lot. It’s on those nights that we tend […]