Honey Lime & Sriracha Shrimp

And my tour of the Sriracha Factory! I made an appointment and brought my husband with me. It turns out we were the only 2 people on the tour. After watching some videos in the reception room, we were whisked away on a red tram to tour the facility, which by the way is 650,000 square […]

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  September 6, 2017   No comments

Salmon with Leeks & Parsley

Leeks are similar to onions, shallots or scallions. They have a wonderful mild fresh flavor. Leeks are in season now and it’s a good time to use them. Here is one way to use them with salmon. Salmon with Leeks & Parsley 16 oz fillet of salmon 2 leeks, washed and thinly sliced 1/2 cup […]

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  May 7, 2014   No comments

Big Alex’s Crab Melts

Lest you think I’m one of those people who gives themselves a nickname, fear not: “Big Alex” is my stepfather. My name, of course, is also Alex. The fact that we share a middle name as well doesn’t help. So, around the house, it’s “Big Alex” and “Little Alex.” For his birthday, which was last […]

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  June 24, 2013   No comments

Citrus Crusted Mahi-Mahi with Citrus Beurre Blanc

Guest blogger Leila from Valencia, CA is filling in today with a wonderful Mahi-Mahi fish recipe. Beurre blanc — literally translated from French as “white butter”— is a hot emulsified butter sauce made with a reduction of vinegar and/or white wine (normally Muscadet) and grey shallots into which cold, whole butter is blended off the […]

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  June 14, 2013   No comments

Shrimp Cocktail – Roasted

Last night we went to Hollywood to see Mel Brooks get a lifetime achievement award from the AFI. It was an amazing, star-studded and very funny event. It will air on TNT on June 15 at 9 p.m. and on TCM on Sunday, July 24 on 8 p.m. Thank you Eileen for making this all […]

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  June 7, 2013   5 comments

Asparagus Tart with Fromage Blanc & Comté

Guest blogger Jessica (Denver, CO) from Beauty Marks again. Spring has not sprung yet here in Colorado, but we’re doing our damnedest to pretend that it has. So I broke out this great recipe, loosely adapted from an Epicurious recipe, to brighten up a recent dinner with out-of-town guests. It was just delicious. Asparagus Tart […]

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  May 9, 2013   4 comments

Jalapeño Tartare Sauce

Today’s blog comes from Sharon, Brisbane, Australia. When I lived in Los Angeles, I used to love Trader Joe’s Tartare Sauce with Jalapeños – I think I have finally managed to copy their recipe. Here it is, served with Moreton Bay Bugs – these are found as you would expect in Moreton Bay here in […]

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  April 9, 2013   2 comments

San Francisco-Style Cioppino

This is guest blogger, Leila (Valencia, CA). Here is another seafood soup. I love that this recipe is from Sunset Magazine in 1941! San Francisco-Style Cioppino From Sunset Magazine first presented in 1941 Makes 6 Servings ¼ cup olive oil or salad oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 1 large […]

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  April 2, 2013   3 comments

“Northwest Manhattan” Clam Chowder

This wonderful recipe comes from Alex Quast, who is 15 years old from the Seattle, WA area. This should stir up some controversy! I should stress at the outset that when I write, “Northwest Manhattan”, I’m not referring to Morningside Heights or the Upper West Side. I have not found conclusive evidence that broth-based chowder […]

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  April 1, 2013   1 comment

Easy Ceviche

My friend’s son is doing a science project on ceviche and asked me if I would be willing to oversee the preparation of the dish.  Of course, I jumped at the chance. Naturally, his “little” brother had to get in on the action! Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of the […]

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  February 15, 2013   1 comment