Recipes

Pan Roasted Salmon with Pinot Noir Cherry Sauce

May 23, 2016

You may think, “Red wine with fish? Isn’t that a no-no?” Not in this case. Salmon is a fish with robust flavor and it stands up well to a red wine, especially the light bodied fruity notes of Pinot Noir. Most of the wild salmon sold in the US comes from the Pacific Northwest which […]

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Chicken Salad with Olives and Dijon Yogurt Dressing

February 23, 2016
Chicken Salad with Olives and Dijon Yogurt Dressing

It’s February. Have you given up on your New Year’s resolutions already? If your answer was, “I gave up on on January 3rd”, you are not alone. I’ve stopped making resolutions all together because they were always the same; eat healthier, exercise more, lose weight, stop eating brownies (see how well that worked?). I can […]

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Bits of Everything Soup; Beans, Rice and Sausage

January 31, 2016
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When is a recipe not a recipe? When you know how to make something so well you intuitively know the ratios of ingredients and you don’t have to measure. Soup is one of those things for me. Early on in my professional cooking career I spent a solid year making the “soup of the day” […]

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The SoCal Sour, a Bourbon Cocktail

January 27, 2016
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Do you know the difference between Whiskey and Bourbon? I’ll admit, I had to look it up. Bourbon has not always been my drink of choice, but I’m developing an appreciation. In the past I’ve posted cocktails with tequila, gin, and even pisco, but bourbon is new for me. And please don’t ask me for anything […]

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Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Cooked in Red Wine)

December 1, 2015
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It’s December, and in the northern hemisphere, that means it’s time for rich, hearty foods that make you feel all warm and toasty inside. I can’t think of a meal which better represents this than a slow simmered beef stew. Don’t let the French name intimidate you. Yes, Boeuf Bourguignon is the classic French dish, […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa

November 20, 2015
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“I wish I knew how to quit you…” I said, looking longingly at my faithful, but now dead, computer. The hard drive of my four year old computer had simply ceased functioning one day a few weeks ago. I was working on it, walked out of the room, returned, and poof! Gone. In its place was the dreaded DOS […]

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