Category: Food

Brown Beech Mushrooms Cured my Shopping Blues

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When I go grocery shopping I often pick up ingredients I’ve never seen before. That’s how I ended up with the bunch of East Asian Brown Beech Mushrooms (also known also as Buna-shimeji, Hypsizigus tessellatus, or Brown Clamshell). Sure, it can be a risky habit but it keeps shopping fun – which is something I…

Thick Slices of Toasted Carrot Loaf

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Banana Cake, zucchini bread, and now carrot loaf. Though I haven’t posted them, I’ve gone through a slew of recipes for these sweet loaves of bread that are more of a loaf-shaped cake than they are any sort of actual bread. My theory is that calling these sweet treats bread rather than cake lends them…

Wes Avila’s Chile Colorado, L.A. Style

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Los Angeles has a long-standing relationship with taco carts and trucks. Starting in the 1930’s on Olvera Street, gathering steam in the 1970’s with King Taco, and reaching cult status when Roy Choi started selling Korean barbecue tacos outside downtown clubs. Once the mold for traditional tacos was busted open a new style of modern…

Apple Tarte Normande: A French Classic

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I probably don’t need to say this. It’s probably obvious by the spelling, but Tarte Normande hails from the Normandy region of France. However, unless you’re a more robust francophile than I am I probably do need to say that Normandy is dairy country. An area of France where the cream is rich and butter…

Italian Sausages Cooked in the Oven

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I like to cook but I don’t always have time to dither in the kitchen. Which means some nights, when it comes to dinner, I need to multi-task. If I can have something in the oven AND something bubbling on the stove then perhaps it’s possible to carve out a little time for more meaningful…

Chicken Breast Cutlets Worthy Once Again

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Chicken Breast Cutlets. Somehow this simple classic, like German schnitzel, Japanese katsu, or their Milanese cousin manages to be both elegant, and utterly satisfying. Which I find to be a semi-astonishing statement as these days I usually choose chicken thighs over chicken breasts. Thighs are easier to cook and quite honestly they just taste better.…

Why I Blog. The Thread That Led Me Here

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Happy New Year. Another new year and the tenth new year for this blog. Gawd. Maybe it’s Holiday melancholy or maybe it’s life bearing down on me. But sometimes the thought of pecking one more word into this keyboard makes me wonder why I blog at all. After all, I’m the primary caregiver for my…

New Year Black-Eyed Peas with New to Me Guajillo Chiles

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According to legendary Southern gossip, black-eyed peas are associated with a “mystical and mythical power to bring good luck.” Which is how they’ve found their way into many folks’ New Year’s Day supper menu. I’m not superstitious. In fact, I doubt this little recipe of mine for Black-Eyed Peas in Guajillo Sauce with Cilantro Pesto will…