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 […]

Chocolate Chip-Coconut Bars

These Chocolate Chip-Coconut Bars are making me happy and my scale rather unhappy! I swear I heard it let out a groan the other day. Or maybe that was just me. . . Oooey, gooey, chocolatey and oh so rich. From the buttery rich base of the cookie, made from the Master Cookie Dough, to […]

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 […]