Recipes

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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Pears Poached in Red Wine with Orange Cardamom Sabayon

October 2, 2015
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It doesn’t feel like autumn yet here in Southern California, but pears are in the markets and pumpkin spice is everywhere (gah!). In a previous post I wrote about cooking with wine and liquor and this elegant dessert doubles your fun with wine; the pears are poached in it and the sweet custard sauce is made […]

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Cold Soba Noodles with Grilled Tofu

September 7, 2015
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In 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I was honored to contribute a recipe to a cookbook sold to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. While I posted about the book here, I did not post the recipe. Now, the book is no longer available and it’s time to share the recipe. The […]

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Classic Coleslaw Recipe

August 29, 2015
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Labor Day is soon upon us and with it the last hurrah of summer. It’s time for one last picnic, one last barbeque, and one last salad, before Autumn sets in and with it the warming soups and stews of colder weather. What better to go with that picnic or barbeque than the classic coleslaw? […]

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Tips for Cooking With Wine and Spirits

August 22, 2015
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For as long as people have been making wine, they have been using it in cooking to enhance the flavor of their food. Ancient Romans used wine in their cooking and its use spread along with the empire. Today, all types of alcohol are used in cooking worldwide. Beer is often used in stews and […]

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Pasta with Zucchini, Fresh Sage, and Butter

July 25, 2015
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Only a week ago I was sitting in a trattoria in the colorful Roman neighborhood of Trastevere, sipping a glass of chilled rosé, and tucking into a plate of homemade ravioli. My husband and I had just just spent two lovely weeks in Italy in celebration of our upcoming 20th wedding anniversary. The journey took […]

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