Pink Gin Two Ways

And now a word (or two) from Eric Miller! Pink Gin Two Ways Diana Vreeland once said that “hot pink is the navy blue of India.” That may be fine for the world of high fashion. When it comes to drinking, though, I would change it to say that “pink is hot in the Navy, […]

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  August 12, 2014   1 comment

Lita Sandwich

Taco Lita since 1967 The tacos at Taco Lita are not authentic Mexican tacos.  They are for gringos, but very good for what they are.  Taco Lita is all about their signature little packets of sauce, which is so addictive, I always bring a stash home to have with my homemade tacos. The Lita Sandwich, […]

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  August 1, 2014   1 comment

Today is my 5 Year Blogoversary!

5 years ago on July 16, 2009, I started this blog. This blog is really a daily diary of what I’m doing in the kitchen.  I have covered food and drink from all cultures and classes—everything from street food to haute cuisine. I take great pride in being able to keep my content fresh and current.  Since its […]

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  July 16, 2014   7 comments

Savory Egg Custard (Chawanmushi)

Japanese Comfort Food My friend Yoko from Japan, directed me step by step on how to make this dish.  We were served this several times while we were there. Chawanmushi literally means “tea cup steam” or “steamed in a tea bowl”. It is a Japanese egg custard. Chawanmushi can be eaten either hot, cold or […]

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  July 15, 2014   No comments

Mexican Rice

Mexican rice is a side dish made from white rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and other ingredients. It is traditionally made by sautéing the rice in a skillet until it is golden brown. This technique adds a depth of flavor. PrintMexican Rice Yield: 8 – 10 Ingredients2 Tbs butter 1½ cups long-grain rice ½ cup onion, […]

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  July 9, 2014   3 comments

Fruit Galette

A Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform rustic tarts with hand-folded edges.  I love them because they don’t have to be perfect and with few ingredients, they are quick and easy to make. PrintFruit Galette Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour Yield: 6 Ingredients1 refrigerated rolled piecrust 3 […]

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  June 27, 2014   No comments

Corner Bakery $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

The Corner Bakery invited me to a media and food bloggers event to unveil several of their new menu items. This summer, Southern California guests can satisfy their cravings with new menu items, including Buttermilk Pancakes with Berries and the Spicy Asian Pork Hot Toasted Sandwich, beginning July 1. Light and fluffy, the made-to-order Buttermilk […]

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  June 25, 2014   4 comments

Day 14 – My Trip to Japan

Day 14 – My Trip to Japan Today was the last full day in Japan. We were invited to lunch with a business colleague of my husband to Saryo in Akasaka.  We were served in an elegant private room, furnished with hanging scrolls, flower arrangements and hori-kotatsu seating (tatami mats with a hole in the floor around […]

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  June 18, 2014   1 comment

Day 13 – My Trip to Japan

Day 13 – My Trip to Japan We visited Kamakura, which is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, about 31 miles south-south-west of Tokyo.   Kamakura is renowned for the famous Daibutsu. Daibutsu means great Buddha statue and its formal name is Amida-nyorai-zazou. The Buddha statue here was made in 1252 and is the […]

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  June 17, 2014   2 comments

Day 12 – My Trip to Japan

Day 12 – My Trip to Japan Today was a special day because it was set aside to visit my stepmother’s family and to visit the grave of her parents.  The family lives all over the Tokyo area so the plan was to meet in Shiki, a northern suburb of Tokyo for a family luncheon […]

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  June 16, 2014   2 comments