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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Seven Simple Steps for Party Planning Success

March 21, 2015
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Here at chez Former Chef, we’ve been known to throw a party or two in our time. Our New Year’s Day brunch attracts 30-40 people every year and we often do a 4th of July BBQ for about the same. These are not pot lucks either. Pulling off parties of this size with food that […]

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Kampachi Crudo with Citrus and Watermelon Radish

March 14, 2015
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A few days ago I saw an article come through my news feed called “If Cinderella were a Vegetable, She’d be a Watermelon Radish“. Never mind that the Kitchn is recycling 5 year old posts (what’s up with that?), it got me thinking…hey, I have a recipe which uses watermelon radishes! Last year I posted […]

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Penne alla Vodka; Old School Revival

March 7, 2015

I wanted to hate this dish because, basically, I must be a food snob. That’s the only reason I could think of when I asked myself why I didn’t want to make this recipe. There’s the vodka thing (I don’t really like it) but that wasn’t the real reason. It had to be something else… My […]

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