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Main Dish Salads Cooking Class – June 12, 2014

Vinaigrette ingredients

Making fresh vinaigrette is super simple.

Never buy another bottle of salad dressing!  Once you learn how easy it is to make a fresh vinaigrette with lots of variations, you will be on your way to a limitless supply of salad dressings for all your salads.  That’s a big promise!  When you join us at our Main Dish Salads class on Thursday, June 12, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Holy Nativity Community Hall, you will get the goods. (more…)

May 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

“Caesar” Brussels Sprouts inspired by Baco Mercat Restaurant

"Caesar" Brussels Sprouts

“Caesar” Brussels Sprouts

I wish I had come up with this idea on my own. “Caesar” Brussels sprouts is a no brainer.  Combine two beloved dishes together and you get a new beloved dish.  I tasted “Caesar” Brussels sprouts for the first time at “Baco Mercat” Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The next time I was downtown for the Culinary Historians of Southern California meeting at the Central Library, I had to go back for more.  I sat at the counter alone analyzing this dish and taking notes.  How did they make this special?  Sorry, I had to copy it…and thanks to my good detective work, you can have the recipe yourself.  We made this dish in our March Meals in Minutes cooking class and it was a huge hit.  So easy too, rated by team members Cliva and Susan. (more…)

March 21, 2014 at 9:09 am 6 comments

Rancho La Puerta is a sanctuary for body and soul.

Salad from The Rancho La Puerta Garden.

Salad from The Rancho La Puerta garden.

New Year’s Resolutions?  A trip to Rancho La Puerta Spa in December inspired my resolutions for 2014.  Rancho La Puerta Spa is a sanctuary only an hour away from the San Diego hustle & bustle.  If your resolutions are related to food, the word I learned at The Ranch, as it is called, is portion control.  They don’t promote portion control.  It’s just that the meals served there are so tasty, you don’t need a lot to be satiated.   They smartly serve small portions of whatever is on the menu encouraging you to restrain yourself from asking for more (which is more than welcome). (more…)

January 6, 2014 at 9:16 am 5 comments

How to Roast a Red Pepper…yellow, orange or green.

Roasted Red Pepper 1 10-13Roasting peppers at home rewards you in so many ways.  The aroma of roasting peppers with the smoke enveloping your room will make you hungry in a healthy way.  Sure, you can buy roasted red peppers in a jar, but there is nothing like the real deal…and it couldn’t be easier to make roasted red peppers.  All you need is about 20 minutes of advance time when you are hanging out or getting the rest of your meal prepped.   Many homes have a gas grill or a gas cooktop, which is the perfect method, but you could roast them under a broiler or in the oven on a baking sheet at 400° if you have no other choice, although it will take a little more time. (more…)

October 31, 2013 at 9:12 am 3 comments

Bibb & Arugula Salad with Pecorino Romano

Bibb & Arugula Salad 6-13This Bibb and Arugula Salad with Pecorino Romano is a new favorite. Twenty years ago, not too many people had tasted arugula when it found its way into my garden.  Its bitter taste was a little offsetting when I made it into an arugula pesto back then.  But now, the arugula we eat today, seems to have been tamed. The tiny arugula leaves found in the supermarket in a cellophane plastic bag is not the same as the spicy and bitter arugula that has continued to reseed itself in my garden for the past 20 years.  It’s like a weed, but a welcome weed.   Today’s arugula is sweeter – a different variety perhaps.  However, I think that my tastebuds have also succumbed to its magic. (more…)

September 10, 2013 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Easy Barbecue Ribs top Summer Favorites

Ribs stacked 7-12I tried to drive into Costco on the 3rd of July and quickly realized I would not find a parking space, so I left asap.  What was I thinking!  I wanted to purchase some ribs to make on the weekend – not for the 4th.  So I went back on the 5th after things had calmed down to get a package of Swift Premium St. Louis-style ribs to make these almost famous Best-Ever ribs that I found in Bon Appetit magazine.  Watch out Famous Dave’s!  If you love pork ribs and want them fast, you’ve gotta try these.  10-20 minutes prep time and 3 hours in the oven. (more…)

July 8, 2013 at 9:40 am 2 comments

Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Chile-Lime Vinaigrette

Southwest Quinoa Salad 6 5-5-13On Cinco de Mayo I made this Southwestern Quinoa Salad for about 50 people following our church service at Holy Nativity where I teach cooking classes.  We had made this dish in our August Garden to Table Cooking Class.  It is healthy, pretty and delicious.  People kept coming back for more and asking for the recipe.  So here it is.  It would be a delicious addition to your summer barbecue or when you need an easy potluck dish to bring to a picnic. (more…)

May 7, 2013 at 9:43 am 1 comment

Avocado Grove Tour inspires Crab & Avocado Salad

Crab and Avocado Salad

Crab and Avocado Salad

The Crab and Avocado Salad is destined for my rotating repertoire and a menu item for one of my upcoming cooking classes. In this dish, the creaminess of the avocado matches so well with the crunch of the raw cabbage and persian cucumber slices. The garlicky mayo blend pulls together the exotic and delicate taste of the crab.  Yum!  I’m in love…with this dish. (more…)

March 14, 2013 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Candied Pecans top Red and Green Salad

Red-Green Salad 1-13I could eat this salad every day.  It is sweet and delicious.  I prepared this festive Red and Green salad for several holiday parties, but now I’m still eating it alongside my winter soups.  I like the marriage of the red radicchio and romaine as a base to add some good things from the season. (more…)

January 15, 2013 at 10:15 am 1 comment

Over 6,000 take pledge to eat unprocessed foods in October.

Italian Farro Salad with Favas or Soybeans is October Unprocessed featured recipe

Andrew Wilder from www.EatingRules.com has embarked on an impressive challenge for the month of October. He’s asked his readers to take a pledge for the month of October to eat only unprocessed foods.   He asked himself this same question three years ago.  “What would happen if I went for an entire month without eating any processed foods?   This is the third year he’s thrown out this challenge and this year, he has over 6,000 takers, including yours truly. (more…)

October 27, 2012 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

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