Dolmades with Egg-Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono)

Egg-lemon sauce (Avgolemono) is the secret ingredient to finish of a variety of Greek dishes. In this instance, the egg-lemon sauce acts as a thickening agent, thereby giving a unique, creamy texture and tangy homely flavor to the Dolmades.

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Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn)

Corn season is in full force in California, so, naturally it’s an Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn) kind of day…

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My Summer Fling with Squash

Humbly grateful with our gardener for the bounty of his homegrown zucchini and squash that he shares with us from time to time.  One particular favorite is the pattypan squash.

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Braising Mix Greens with Bacon

For those of you who has never experienced the southern comfort of collard greens, you are definitely missing out on a staple dish!  I’ve cooked this in many different ways but never holding out on two factoring ingredients that make this so good–apple cider vinegar and hot sauce.  Oh, and need I mention the obligatory […]

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Memories and Food…

Yesterday, 1/18 was my late father’s birthday. He would have been 86. One of the memories I hold dearly in my heart were all the meals we shared together as a family. Whether they were at home for lunch or dinner or at one of his favorite restaurants nearby. No matter what meals and with […]

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Salmon Medallions with Crème fraîche Mushrooms

Feelin’ fancy with our dinner tonight…

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Chinese Dumplings 101

Prep time- 2 hours.  Filling assembly- 1 hour.  Steaming- 30 minutes.  Frying- 30 minutes.  Satisfaction of homemade dumplings- Priceless.

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Kimchi 101

Kimchi 101 This shortcut version is more pickled than fermented.  Either way, you’ll love this as a condiment with your favorite Asian cuisines…

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Salty, Spicy, Sweet on Sweet Potato Fries

The other night hubby and I watched Chopped, one of many favorite cooking challenges we enjoy viewing on the tele.  The new episode featured ‘grandma vs grandma’ where four, sweet elderly ladies eagerly anticipated the surprise ingredients from their baskets.

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Theme Pomegranate…Moroccan Style

A few weeks ago what we thought to be a really tall, non-fragrant, honeysuckle tree turned out to be pomegranates!  I was elated!  Today I was all over the internet in search of a recipe for pomegranates; at the same token, I had a craving for a Moroccan style cuisine.  So putting two and two […]

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Rustic Fingerling Potato Salad

Just a quick share of a recipe I put together the other day.  I was in the mood for a hardy sort of salad that will go well with just about everything.  Moreover, something I can also eat by itself when I have the munchies…

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Smooth Chicken Liver Pâté and Potted Shrimp

This is a rich, smooth, spreadable pâté, ideally using fresh, organic chicken livers.  Goes great with crunchy toasts!  Sealing the surface with a slick of clarified butter (see below), or with jellied stock helps to preserve the pâté’s pink tinge and basically stops it from graying. Aside from the chicken liver pâté, I also experimented […]

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