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Irene's Birthday Party

Birthday Party!

With my stepmother’s birthday coming back around, she requested the same dishes that I made for her 60th birthday a few years ago. I couldn’t source all of the ingredients I needed, no cipolline onions available, so I made do with boiler onions instead. That actually added more color to the dish, since I did […]

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Short Rib Lasagne

Short Rib Lasagne Part 1

Making the short rib sauce for the short rib lasagne for tomorrow. Once it has braised for a couple of hours, I’ll reduce it some more, shred the meat, add chopped thyme and cool it down. It’s layered with béchamel, noodles and a little Parmesan, then baked. I like to pour a little more red […]

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Seventies’ Cocktails

A great article on iconic drinks from the Seventies and why you may, or may not, want to try them. My aunt tells a great story about my grandfather mixing Harvey Wallbangers for her and her friends. On her college graduation night they drank the night away! She says that “the headaches the next day […]

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Murrieta’s Margaritas

When people come to visit us, we usually end up taking them to a local Mexican restaurant nearby for really good food and tasty margaritas. They have a pretty big menu, and the food is always fresh and authentic. Thinking of those who have visited and dined with us!  

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Christmas knife

Christmas Knife

This year for Christmas, one of the coolest presents I got was a new Shun knife! It’s a 5.5″ Nakiri with a hammered finish. I remember watching Chef Morimoto using a nakiri on the original Iron Chef tv show, and making beautiful thin ribbons of daikon radish and other vegetables. I can’t wait to try […]

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Spiced Nuts a la Marcella

My step-father’s family Christmas wasn’t complete without these sweet little treats my step-father’s mother would spend hours toiling over. She’d make spiced nuts and walnut creams. Never too sweet, they were a welcome treat while waiting for people to open presents.  [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”20″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”125″ thumbnail_height=”125″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”12″ number_of_columns=”3″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ […]

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Mile High Apple Pie

For Christmas I was asked to bring a pie, so I decided to make a mile high apple pie with some new apples I found at the market. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”19″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”125″ thumbnail_height=”125″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”12″ number_of_columns=”3″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show as slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

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Friendsgiving 2016

Threw together some good food and good people, and good times ensued! ~ Guinness beer cheese, chocolate fondue, smoked ham and turkey breasts, mushroom thyme gravy, scalloped potatoes I’ll add separate posts for the various recipes!   [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”21″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”125″ thumbnail_height=”125″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”16″ number_of_columns=”4″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show as slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” […]

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Pineapple Loquat Jam with Peppers

Pineapple Loquat Jam with Peppers

A friend of mine just recently got a big basket of loquats, and asked if I’d make some jam out of them. After doing some research online about flavor combinations and methods, I decided on a variation of a recipe I found on Ball’s website. After making the full batch, I think I’d add more […]

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Memorial Day Ribs

Memorial Day

We started out with no plans and ended up with about 15 people over. Grilling, smoking and swimming! Smoked chicken and ribs, grilled vegetables, fresh guacamole, potato samosas and more. Commercial and home brew on tap as well as cocktails, tequila and sangria, and some guests brought the bubbly!

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