Spicy Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos

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  I love tacos.  Not the “Americanized” version with the hard shell, lettuce and cheese. I like a 4 inch corn tortilla filled only with some sort of succulent meat. Usually you’ll find optional condiments like onions, cilantro and salsa to put on top. That is the kind of taco you used to get only […]

Tri-Color Quinoa Salad

Tri-Color Quinoa Salad

Have you tried quinoa yet? If you haven’t, this is the recipe for you.  Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”) is an ancient grain from the Peruvian Andes region. Technically, quinoa is a seed, not a grain, but is commonly referred to as a grain. Quinoa is very high in protein, making it an excellent choice for vegetarians […]

Skewered Steak Tips with Avocado Gastrique

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 […]

Sausage and Kale Stew

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Now that its cold here in Southern California (you know, 60 degrees) I have been making soups and stews again. I know it doesn’t have to be cold to enjoy them, but something about walking inside to get out of 80 degree weather does not inspire me to sit down to a steaming bowl of […]

Snow Pea Shoot Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

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Ever get tired of eating the same old green salad all the time? You try and jazz it up with some avocado or croutons, but admit it. It’s still the same old salad. If that’s how you feel, this is the salad for you!  Snow pea shoots are a delicious salad ingredient, tasting faintly of […]