Appetizer, Dinner, sandwich

Burrata and Broccoli raab crostini

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If Heaven had a flavor it would be burrata….wow…when you think of the real down and dirty porn of food…think this sultry Italian cheese. Burrata is a type of mozzarella with a soft, delicate, center. Fragile to the touch it makes fresh or cooked vegetables or starch sheerly opulent. I was going to the store to buy a nice healthy selection of veggies to make a cold salad when I spotted it…oh yeah and the salami. Continue reading

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Dinner

Not Spaghetti O’s.

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I really do think canned pasta is a travesty! That and frozen pot pies are some childhood not-favs….I seriously dry heave just thinking about spaghetti o’s! So I thought it would be fun to make a version of many kids favorite, making it adult appropriate as well. The name of the pasta shape in spaghetti o’s is Anellini, there are different sizes mine were the small, you can also use tubetti or another pasta shape. Continue reading

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Dinner, Salads

Pork Souvlaki

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One of my very first memories of cooking is when I was about three and I was sitting on the large butcher block in my parents Greek food lounge on 27th St. in downtown Ogden, Utah. My mother would let me grab toddler-sized handfuls of dried Greek oregano and let me “make it rain” all over the cubed pork over the massive tubs my mom would use to make souvlaki for the restaurant. Salt,granulated garlic, pepper, lemon juice, I would watch as she would eye the amount needed for each 20 or so pounds she would season at a time. Continue reading

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Appetizer, Dinner, fish

Sesame crusted Ahi

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How much of life is experienced as “happy accidents”? I know from personal experience “The Plan” rarely turns out as per what my mind has imagined, and mostly causes disappointment. But sometimes on a rare occasion, in a magically, mediocre place, or situation, I have an experience that takes away the jaded, ambivalence that usually robs me of joy. Recently, I have had a few of these and it is always bittersweet, which isn’t a bad feeling, one of my favorites actually because it helps me put things into perspective. What does this have to do with tuna? Well everything and nothing really, but I was at the store the other shopping for something totally unrelated, I found some beautiful wild caught, ahi, the piece I chose was about 1.5# and about two inches thick, and when I saw it I knew what its destiny would be….sesame crusted ahi. Continue reading

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Salads, Vegan option

Soy Ginger Ramen with greens

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I know whenever I go visit my family back in my hometown, there will usually be two events I can count on….first we will at some point eat my childhood comfort food of packaged ramen and we go to a Japanese Teppanyaki steakhouse with the whole gang and watch the cook/entertainer make volcanoes out of onions and throw shrimp in our mouths to catch like zoo animals. If you have ever been to one of these types of joints, you may have encountered the ginger dressing they serve on usually plain old iceberg. I love the stuff! Continue reading

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Appetizer, Dinner

Winter citrus shrimp and lentils

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Blood oranges are the sexiest of the citrus family! When I see them in season I always get excited, and most stores up here pimp out the best that Cali has to offer, since our climate doesn’t suit growing them. Today’s dish is my interpretation of something I had at Cabezon which is a great restaurant in the N.E. Basically they took some lovely shrimp that they wrapped in phyllo and pan fried and served them with French lentils, my spin is blood orange supremes, bacon, and some microgreens. The orange compliments the sweetness of the shrimp and adds a bit acid to the final act. I found some great wild caught U15 prawns from Mexico, so it’s pretty hard to screw those up, unless you overcook em’. Continue reading

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sides

Marie’s Green Beans Almondine

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Over the weekend I got some sad news. My husbands’ step grandmother Marie had passed away, she lived a long and beautiful life. I met her fifteen years or so ago, she was always kind, made me feel included, and not judgemental. Marie was well into her eighties at our wedding clad in leopard print. Marie had style, an old school glamour that I think, only a lucky few are born with. When I inquired what her secret for staying youthful was she smiled slyly and told me “vodka and vitamins!”, she was a cool lady that made me think that maybe getting older meant getting better. She made living into her nineties look chic, and did her own thing. I admire her. Continue reading

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Dinner, soup

Resolution Soup

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Well yep, I think that the bloggers block is gone!  My recipe by no means is anything too spectacular, more practical, predictable, maybe even a lil’ boring, which I think is what most of humanity goes for in reality anyhow.  Folks go for what is “normal”, in what “looks right”, not necessarily what really pumps their nads….or ovaries…..or feathers their nest.  We go with convenience and ease over passion and adventure and then we take our socially accepted date du jour to a movie about people doing abnormal, passionate, adventurous things….isn’t that an oxymoron? Continue reading

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