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The Food of Rancho La Puerta

The Ranch Guacamole is a favorite of Ranch veterans.

Rancho La Puerta Guacamole

Rancho La Puerta Guacamole

Cutting calories in the New Year?  Make this healthy and easy guacamole I learned to make at Rancho La Puerta.  Everyone is looking for easy ways to make great tasting food without all the calories.  Start with this surprising recipe. (more…)

January 9, 2014 at 9:17 am 3 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

The Anchor Fish & Chips in Nordeast Minneapolis.

The Anchor Fish & Chips

The Anchor Fish & Chips

I grew up in “Nordeast” Minneapolis.  I once counted five Catholic churches within a one-mile radius of my old “hood”.  Why?  They all had a different ethnic origin including Polish, Russian Orthodox, Ukrainian, the Italian one my mother once attended plus too many bars to mention. Today “Nordeast” still holds on to its ethnic origins, but I dare say its gotten a lot more hip. Now known as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, it also celebrates its diversity in the food scene. (more…)

August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am 5 comments

Fine Dining on a Budget at Bastianich’s Becco Restaurant in New York City

Becco - Table 3-13Where to dine in New York City?  Too many choices.  My first choice was Felidia, Lidia Bastianich’s flagship restaurant.  I was lucky to dine at Felidia and meet Lidia herself at a business meal nearly twenty years ago and I remembered it being outrageously good authentic Italian.  But without an expense account this time, I couldn’t get my sweetie to go for this splurge.  So I poured over The Michelin Guide to discover Bastianich’s spinoff restaurant, Becco in the theatre district. (more…)

April 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm 2 comments

Knott’s Berry Farm offers delicious food options for Foodies.

Bruschetta is a fresh vegetarian snack from Spurs Restaurant.

If you live in Southern California, then you expect to have occasional house guests.  If you have small house guests, chances are that you will be visiting some of our world famous theme parks.  This used to mean that your dining options were limited to hot dogs and funnel cakes.  Knott’s Berry Farm still has Funnel Cakes on the menu – fully loaded with your choice of strawberry, apple or Knott’s’  legendary  boysenberry topping.   But now, WOW the options are pretty amazing and can be pretty good values, considering you are a captive audience for a good part of the day or evening. (more…)

September 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm 2 comments

Summertime & the Living is Easy Cooking Class – July 19, 2012

Boiled Shrimp with Remoulade Sauce

You cannot help but hum the music to these words “Summertime and the Living is Easy” from Porgy and Bess, which made its way back to a Broadway stage earlier this year. (more…)

June 26, 2012 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Spanish Tapas Cooking Class – February 9, 2012

Tapas were invented as a quick snack for horsemen riding into an inn.

Hola!  Would you like to create a memorable party with little effort?  If so, then tapas are the way to go.  On Thursday, February 9, we will be cooking Spanish Tapas for our February cooking class.  Maybe you are planning a little winter party for friends or a dinner for your sweetheart on Valentines’s Day.  Or maybe like me you have enjoyed tapas in Spain and want to recreate them at home.  Let’s plan a Tapas Party together – light, small dishes meant for immediate gratification and more time for conversation or romance! (more…)

January 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Sailing and Cooking in Belize

Jeannea, Karen, Carolyn and Donna

Jeannea, Karen, Carolyn and Donna

There is no greater challenge of your cooking skills than when you are appointed a “ship’s cook” as I was on our bareboat charter of a 41 foot Beneteau sailboat out of Belize.   Our Moorings boat, “SS Tonic” set sail on April 9 out of Placencia.   With a boatload of food, no cookbooks and my own culinary training, my charge was to feed five hungry women in between sailing and snorkeling adventures for the next seven days.  We set sail with 2 pounds of shrimp, 10 T-bone steaks, 2 pounds of chicken, 3 pounds of snapper, 2 pounds of bacon, 5 packages of lunchmeat ham, 5 packages of american and cheddar cheese, 6 loaves of bread, 2 packages of bagels,  2 packages of pancake mix, 5 boxes of pasta, 3 ripe pineapples, 3 large papayas, a watermelon, a pile of bananas, green oranges,  lettuce, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, a head of cabbage, broccoli, eggs .   This together with assorted condiments, snacks, juice and desserts filled out our larder.   I decided in Los Angeles to bring fresh herbs from my garden and yeast in my luggage, which proved to be smart thinking.  Wish I added my chef’s knife!  That and a quick bike ride to the local market in Placencia where I grabbed some fresh garlic, flour, EVOO and a bottle of local rum helped too…and thanks to Donna for snatching up some fresh ginger root before boarding.  For cooking, our galley had a two burner stove, a toaster sized oven and a BBQ attached to one of our rails. (more…)

April 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm 10 comments

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Patricia K. Rose

I am a Chef, Cooking Teacher and Food Blogger. Learn how to create delicious and healthy food in a FLASH.

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