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Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint

April 9, 2013

I have really been crazy for Asian curry soups lately. Recently I posted about a Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup, and now here I am again with a Vietnamese-style Shrimp Mango Curry with Tamarind & Mint. Both dishes contain fresh ginger, shallots, coriander and fish sauce, but the Thai Curry was flavored with guajillo chiles, [...]

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Danish Smørrebrød ~ Herring & Apples on Rye

March 10, 2013

I am very glad to be back, after not posting for almost two weeks. I was knocked out by a very debilitating virus from which I am still recovering. Also, I was without a camera, but now am the proud new owner of a Canon T4i. I am still learning how to use it to [...]

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Shrimp & Ham Cornbread Stuffing

November 15, 2012

Ok, so you are immediately scratching your head, wondering what in the heck is going on with these photographs, right? I am in the middle of a nightmare over here. I got a new computer with Windows 7 and I couldn’t get my Photoshop Elements 7 to work correctly with it. Something about 64 bit [...]

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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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Shrimp Veracruz with Green Olives & Capers and Tortillas Robed in Pumpkin Seed Tomatillo Sauce

March 17, 2012

I’ve had this recipe for many years and really never thought about its origin, other than it was in my file under Mexico. So when I came to write this post, I did a little research on Veracruz, its culinary and historical story.
Veracruz is located on the east coast of Mexico on the bottom of [...]

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Homemade New England Common Crackers

January 8, 2012

When I was writing my post about New England Clam Chowder, I kept running across the instructions that it should authentically be served with Common Crackers. I had no idea what they were. After all, I grew up in Minnesota, lived in Chicago and moved to L.A., where I have been ever since. I went [...]

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New England Clam Chowder

December 16, 2011

The first time I ever saw a clam, I was about 5 years old, living with my Mom, Dad and little brother in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My father was very into fishing, which a lot of people are in Minnesota, as it is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, in this case he had been [...]

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White Fish Ceviche with Peruvian Aji Amarillo Peppers Marinated in Lime Juice and Ginger

November 20, 2011

This recipe was inspired by the one tablespoon of Ceviche prepared by Mary Sue Milliken that I had at the Cadillac Culinary Challenge in October. It was served in a little plastic glass, but the taste impact of the Aji Amarillo Pepper Sauce was so profound I had to try to make it myself. I [...]

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Cadillac Culinary Challenge Oct 15, 2011, Irvine, CA Chef Mary Sue Milliken vs. Chef Yvon Goetz

October 25, 2011

Aji Amarillo Ceviche by Chef Mary Sue Milliken
The Cadillac Culinary Challenge I attended took place on a beautiful, hot, Southern California day in the Irvine Spectrum Center courtyard next to the ferris wheel in a black open-sided tent. Inside there was a stage in front with two cooking counters for the two challengers, celebrity Chef [...]

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Sizzlin’ Spanish Paella with Chicken & Chorizo from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

September 26, 2011

Last Saturday I made a special point to attend the cooking class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen because she was making Paella, which I have tried to make a couple of times, but wasn’t happy with the results. Grace-Marie’s recipes are always so well done and delicious, so I was really looking forward to seeing how she [...]

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Redondo Beach Lobster Festival Sept. 23-25, 2011

September 17, 2011

The Redondo Beach Surf “N” Turf Lobster Festival is three days of eating, dancing and drinking in the Seaside Lagoon Park at ocean-side, which will be taking place next weekend, September 23-25, 2011. There will be fresh Maine lobster dinners, or Certified Angus Beef New York Strip Steak and Main Lobster Tail dinners, [...]

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Blackened Salmon Tarts With Mango Salsa

April 6, 2011

The inspiration for this Salmon Tart came from a photo I had in my file. I have a big collection of food photos going back about twenty years and I have no idea where I saved them from. I had been wanting to create this dish since I started my blog, because it was so [...]

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Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Bean Soup and a Cube Fundraiser Rooftop BBQ

October 30, 2010

Last year for our October birthdays, my friend Michele and I went to Osteria Mozza to celebrate. This year we went to a Pork n’ Beans Rooftop BBQ put on by the Cube Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Cube Café and Marketplace. The proceeds will benefit the Cube Foundation, an organization that is dedicated [...]

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Grilled Whole Red Snapper with Ginger Sweet Chili Sauce

August 9, 2010

I have come to the conclusion that we are not having Summer in 2010. Today the high in Manhattan Beach was 69 degrees F and I am still wearing my winter clothes to work. You know that phenomenon where when Halloween happens, a couple of days later it’s Thanksgiving and a couple of days after [...]

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BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

July 4, 2010

This post is dedicated to Patti A., as I haven’t had a chance to do the Angel Food Cake with Strawberries recipe that she requested. This ones for you, girl!
Today is the 4th of July, and I can hear the fireworks going off as I’m writing this. Finally, and hopefully, the weather will warm up [...]

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