Category: Food

A Taste of Moorea and Poisson Cru

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Once you’ve arrived on the island of Moorea (just a short hop across the channel from Tahiti) it doesn’t take long for the idea to creep up on you. It might be the intense blue of a tranquil lagoon, or the unbelievably starry night skies. It could be the tropical breezes and the endless sunshine,…

Herb-Topped Chilled Red Bell Pepper Soup

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It’s July and it’s hot where I live. Is it hot where you are too? Well, when it’s hot it’s time to consider a few changes to your culinary habits. So I have a simple summer Chilled Red Bell Pepper Soup. It’s a great starter for an al fresco evening or even a light meal…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese Panini Outdoors

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A French classic served American grilled-cheese style on Italian bread. Why would I do such a thing? Well, for starters it’s Bastille Day. Though admittedly Bastille Day doesn’t have quite the same pull in North America as Independence Day or Canada Day. Still, they all have one thing in common and that’s the season they’re celebrated…

Avocado Pâté with Extra Graisse if I May

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I think I know what a pâté is. And I thought I knew what it isn’t. However, there’s a wide world between what is and what is not for just about anything. It’s that gray area where creativity abounds. Although, when talking about pâté, it’s probably best to forget the word gray. But how about green? How…

Serve Swordfish (Again!) with a Simple Pan Sauce

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A pan sauce is a simple way to dress up sautéed seafood. However, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know which fish to choose these days. Many species are overfished or are harvested using horrendous practices that destroy the very environment needed to keep them viable and available to the seafood-loving public. I mean how much…

Broiled Blackberries From the Bijouxs Garden

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There’s a new e-book from Bijouxs: Little Jewels from the Kitchen and it’s a tribute to the little jewels of the garden. Bijouxs Little Jewel Collection is a series of digital cookbooks from Lynn Gray sharing her favorite little recipe “jewels”. If you’re familiar with her website, Bijouxs, then you’ll recognize that whiff of casual…

Grilled Broccoli with Mayonnaise (Yup) and Cumin

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This Grilled Broccoli with Cumin was inspired by a theory I read from Noelle Carter in the LA Times. She says that we should all be grilling with mayonnaise. She makes the argument that there’s something “magical” about mayonnaise. The basic proposition goes like this. We’ve all had flare-ups on the grill. That’s because fat…

Persnickety Sour Cherries

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Sour cherries can be persnickety. First, they’re hard to find. In Los Angeles they seem to be available in most of the Armenian markets near Glendale for about two and a half weeks in June. However, don’t look for them in the produce aisle, go straight to the checkout counter. If you don’t see them…