Skewered Steak Tips with Avocado Gastrique

Gastrique? Am I using some fancy schmancy chef talk? What the *#$! is a gastrique? OK to be perfectly honest this sauce is not a gastrique in the classical French culinary sense. But the ingredients – vinegar, fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit) and spices lends itself to being called a gastrique, at least by […]

Panko Crusted Fig and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

When fig season arrives, I enjoy eating the sweet, fresh fruit out of my hand.  Figs are such an interesting fruit, being rather squat and ugly on the outside yet beautiful on the inside.  A perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. California Mission figs are my favorite type of fig, with […]