Spicy Cilantro Shrimp

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Have you ever seen a "secret sauce" on a menu?If I had a menu, the sauce for this shrimp would definitely be my "secret sauce!"  Just calling it that makes it so much more alluring, doesn't it?!Here's the deal. . . this sauce has essentially three ingredients, takes about two minutes to prepare, and it tastes … [Read more...]

Wine Marinated Grapes

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Simple, gorgeous, and utterly delicious.  That's what's going on here, my friends!I am so excited about these grapes -- and creating this recipe was a wonderful culinary experiment. A few important tips before we dive in: First, heating the marinade before adding the grapes greatly intensifies the flavor. Two, the … [Read more...]

Sautéed Sherry Mushrooms

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While I'm all about making foods that cook all day long -- like Braised Brisket Stew -- I also appreciate a quick and easy dish . . . on one condition, that is.  It must still be full of flavor!Take these Sautéed Sherry Mushrooms for example.  You'll use essentially two ingredients, spend 25 minutes tops, and … [Read more...]

Ginger Ahi Tuna Tartare

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Almost ten years ago, my husband and I honeymooned on the island of Huahini in French Polynesia.  It was an incredibly amazing vacation -- in every way.We ate a ton of fresh fish and tropical fruits, all delicious.  However, the most memorable dish we ate was an Ahi Tuna Tartare at a small, charming restaurant in … [Read more...]

Brûléed Port Wine Poached Pears Two Ways: Sweet and Savory

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The sweet: Port Wine Mascarpone Pear Tart Want to feel like a fancy and talented pastry chef?  Excellent. Read on!Brûléed Port Wine Poached Pears are brilliant in both sweet and savory courses!  I'm presenting ideas for an appetizer and a dessert -- and the pears are the star of each one!First, let's make a … [Read more...]

How To Roast Garlic

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We just got home from a delightful weekend visiting my brother in Santa Cruz.  One of the things I love about driving up north is passing through Gilroy and other California farm towns.  When you open your windows in Gilroy, the strong, wonderful scent of garlic is in the air, and there are signs for fresh-picked … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Nastursiums! Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Recipe

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Welcome, everybody, to my first "Friday Flowers!"Flowers inspire me greatly -- and different flowers make me think about different foods."Friday Flowers" isn't necessarily about adding floral items to what I'm cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example … [Read more...]