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Fried Tomatillo Wedges with Apple Ham Vinaigrette & Cilantro Lime Aioli

August 25, 2013

Sunday. I am all alone in my house for the whole day. This doesn’t happen very often. When my eyes popped open this morning all I could think about was what I was going to cook. All by myself in the kitchen. Nobody interrupting me. No loud music blaring. No UFC match yelling and cheering. [...]

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Spring Rolls with 8 Dipping Sauces

August 13, 2013

When I returned from my son’s wedding in May, after having my new daughter-in-law show me how to make spring rolls, I was totally enthralled with them. I made spring rolls every day for about two weeks with a variety of fillings, and I went on a quest for interesting dipping sauces to go with [...]

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Confetti Salad with Carrot Juice Vinaigrette

August 9, 2013

On January 1, 2013 I made my New Year’s Resolution list. Remember doing that? Well, my list had two items on it: 1) go on a diet; and 2) get some exercise. I don’t know about you, but I can’t diet until all the stars are properly aligned. You know, like there are no big [...]

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Grilled Tomatoes with Red Yuzu Kosho and Sansho

July 11, 2013

Ok, so you were intrigued with my Grilled Scallops with Red Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette, had to make them, acquired both red and green yuzu kosho and made the recipe. Yea! But now you have the rest of the jar of that red stuff and are wondering what to do with it. Well, here is [...]

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My Oldest Son’s Wedding and I Learn to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

June 30, 2013

On Saturday May 18, 2013, after a 10 year courtship and engagement, FINALLY, my son and his fiancé got married! Yea! I flew from LAX to the Sacramento Airport on Thursday night and on Friday spent the day helping get their house ready for the wonderful backyard wedding they had planned. Part of the Friday [...]

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Flageolet, Nectarine & Tomato Salad with Lime, Ginger & Pistachios

June 6, 2013

2013 was my fourth year to attend Camp Blogaway, the food blogger bootcamp held each year at Camp de Benneville Pines in the pine forested mountains in Angelus Oaks, California. Cabins, bunkbeds, sleeping bags, a lodge with a huge fireplace, and 100 food bloggers for a three day extravaganza saturated with food blogging happenings. This [...]

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Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Watermelon Salad with Edible Flowers & Basil-Mint Sauce

September 14, 2012

I am such a sucker for grill marks. There is something about them that makes my artist’s eye really happy and quivery. I have been seeing grilled or fried cheese just about everywhere and really wanted to try my hand at it. Halloumi cheese seems to be the one most frequently chosen for grilling because [...]

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Poached Egg, Prosciutto, Roasted Asparagus & Frisée Salad with Romesco Sauce

September 3, 2012

Do you remember last June, when I was making Pistachio and Goat Cheese Wrapped Grapes and I told you Kim, from Rustic Garden Bistro, came for lunch and brought me fresh many-hued eggs from her very own chickens? Well, I wanted to make something really special with them and I think this Roasted Asparagus and [...]

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Sliced Chicken Salad with Zucchini Ribbons, Avocado, Oranges and Dijon Vinaigrette

July 20, 2012

I don’t regularly photograph my lunch. I mean, you’ve seen one peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you’ve seen them all. And everyone knows how to make them. No fun. On the other hand, sometimes my lunch is sorta photogenic, like this chicken salad. I was just going to eat it, and then I really looked [...]

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Grilled Zucchini & Anchovy Garlic Caper Sauce

July 14, 2012

It’s that time of year, when the abundance of zucchini begins to appear. My readers are searching my site for zucchini recipes, so I would like to add another for your review. And by the way, if anyone has zucchini they want to anonymously leave on my doorstep, I live in Torrance, California. This [...]

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Black Rice, Butternut Squash, Orange & Cashew Salad and Two Science Experiments

June 18, 2012

Last week I noticed Black Rice had appeared at my Ralphs Market for the first time and was totally intrigued, so I bought some. This Black Rice Salad was a great recipe to try it in and a perfect chance for me to use some of the green onions I have been growing on my [...]

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Garden Babies

June 11, 2012

I moved into this new house last year in June 2011 and after moving in the boxes, unpacking and recovering from move trauma, it was July or August and much too late to put in a garden. The garden space was a mess with weeds and tar paper covered with redwood chips. This May I [...]

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Mango & Banana Salsa with Talapia

May 23, 2012

Mango Madness #3 is Mango & Banana Salsa with Talapia, one of my favorite dishes using mangos. I could hardly wait to make this recipe, shoot it and EAT it. Sooo good. The bananas give this salsa a distinctive tropical Caribbean twist that enhances the flavor of the fish. I love the lime juice and [...]

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Valencia Salad with Oranges, Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen

February 11, 2012

Something very exciting happened recently – the Grace-Marie’s Cooking School at Bristol Farms web page is now featuring my photographs. Grace-Marie and I are so thrilled!! Below is a picture of the web page from their art department. You may recognize some of the photos. Sorry it’s not very clear…you can see it better on [...]

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Orange Salad with Avocado Green Olive Salsa

February 2, 2012

When I moved into my new house in June 2011, I was very happy to have all the mature trees, rose garden and an established lawn. The back yard had two big palm trees and two smaller green leafed trees which provided really nice shade. Well, I was busy moving in and unpacking, then working [...]

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