Pork Stew with Mushrooms and Artichokes

February 22, 2014
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Is it cold and snowing where you are? Are you swirling in the center of the Polar Vortex? Here in Southern California it’s a beautiful and sunny 72 degrees today. I say that not to brag, but with desperation. Can we have some of your snow and rain? Pleeeease…. In case you haven’t heard (being […]

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Crab Cakes with Spicy Yogurt Remoulade

February 8, 2014
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Are you the type of person who if you see a particular item on a menu, you will order it without fail? Typically this is something you would never make at home, right? When I see duck with a crispy skin, there’s a 99.99% chance I will order it, but duck is something I never […]

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Kale Salad with Tangerines, Tiny Garlic Croutons, and Spicy Tahini Dressing

January 4, 2014
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There’s a lot of baggage associated with kale. We’re told it’s healthy and we’re told we should love it. Kale is trendy. Where I live, in southern California, yoga mat toting twenty-somethings extol the virtues of kale over nonfat soy chai lattes or kale laced smoothies so often it’s become a cliche or a SNL skit. […]

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Marinated and Chilled, Cracked Dungeness Crab Legs

December 17, 2013
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Does your family have one of those stories which has been told and re-told so many times that it has taken on a life of its own? Does the story goes beyond gossip to become gospel? What happens when you find out the story is not true? If you’re me, you share it anyway, because […]

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Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel

December 12, 2013
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Sweet and salty. That combination gets me every time. Chocolate covered pretzels? You bet! Salted caramel ice cream? My favorite. Even peanut M&Ms have me reaching into the office candy jar. But chocolate and salted caramel? That’s a long time favorite and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might recognize the […]

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Good Crud

December 4, 2013
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When I was a kid we were poor. Like welfare, food stamps, free school lunches poor. I am not ashamed of this, it helped form the self reliant and frugal person I am today. I remember standing in line with my mother for assistance and noting that the other women and children in line did […]

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