Recipes

Classic Macaroni Salad

June 26, 2015
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Ask anyone what their favorite summer salad is and many people will say “potato salad”, “macaroni salad”, or “coleslaw”. But then ask them for their favorite recipe and odds are you’ll get a dozen different answers, typically including “my mother makes the best macaroni salad” or “my grandmother’s German potato salad is amazing”. Truthfully, each […]

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Step by Step; How to Make Buerre Blanc Sauce

June 20, 2015
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This post is part 3 in a series on emulsified sauces. To read part 1 which covers history and how to make Hollandaise Sauce, go here. Part 2 is all about How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise. Buerre Blanc is a creamy butter and white wine sauce (literal translation “white butter”) which is emulsified without the use […]

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Beet Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit-Thyme Vinaigrette plus our Summer Garden 2015

June 1, 2015
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It’s almost summer! That means it’s garden-planting-time around here. This year we started around the first week of May which is about a month later than we usually plant. I decided to delay for a couple of reasons. First, in mid-April my mother and I spent a week split between Hong Kong and Shanghai; it was […]

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Pan Roasted Salmon with Braised Fennel and Port Wine Reduction

May 20, 2015
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It’s that time of year again; wild salmon season. But you ask, “Isn’t salmon always available?” The short answer is yes, but the salmon you see most of the year in the grocery store and on restaurant menus is farmed Atlantic, not wild. Why is that an important distinction? Because wild salmon not only tastes […]

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The Verdugo Sunset, a Tequila Cocktail

May 4, 2015
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“It was delicious, and deceptively strong,” said my husband. And it is. I’d made the drink for us as a wind-down on Friday night after work. We sat out on the backyard patio, enjoying the sunset and some cheese and bread on a warm night, and I knew what the name of the drink would […]

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Herbed Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Artichokes, Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto

April 26, 2015
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The last post, on Seven Simple Steps for Party Planning Success was all about a canape and cocktails party I had a while back. Funny thing is, while it was a great party, I was a bad blogger. I only took photos of the party and not of the prep work, nor did I write […]

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