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Market Matters-Tepary Bean Stew

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Tepary Bean Stew and Butternut Squash, flavored with a few smoky chipotles The local California Farmer’s Markets are featuring an interesting and gorgeous array of fresh dried beans right now. Lots of beans can be found year round here in Southern California. But certain heirloom varieties are much more seasonal and it’s worth being on…

Christmas Chocolate-Ginger Cookies

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We’re looking towards another Christmas and, despite myself, I’ve made Chocolate-Ginger Cookies for the holiday cookie season. That same time of year when I tell myself (year-after-year) that I’m just not going to bother. I don’t mean I’m not going to bother with the holidays. Though it’s fun to insinuate it just to watch the…

Croatian Food and Wine Guide

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Does a Croatian Food and Wine Guide seem a bit of a random subject for this blog? Well, maybe it’s not so random. I’ll give you one guess why. Yep. I’m going to Croatia. I’ve been there before (in 2006) and I promised myself that I’d definitely, positively, absolutely go back. But you know how…

Sweet Potato Grits: Breaking all the Rules

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Do you have a strong opinion about grits? I mean aside from the very obvious fact that you can never have too much cheese in your grits. But what about other stuff? What else can you add to grits. How about sweet potato grits? Is that breaking any of your rules? And there are rules.…

Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Dried Peaches

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If you’ve been hanging around kitchens for any length of time you probably have a particular favorite cheesecake. The jammy Strawberry-Topped Cheesecake is popular, or maybe your favorite cheesecake is simply sliced and served as in this lemony version from Mark Bittman. Cheesecake is a staple and most cooks have a fairly certain point of…

Grenache Locations Locations Locations

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Three things to look for in buying a house? Location, location, location. Three things to consider when selecting a wine? Locations, Locations, Locations. Where does the wine come from? How does it express its particular sense of place? A word should be forming in your mind: terroir. Esteemed winemaker Dave Phinney (of The Prisoner fame)…

A Raisin-Ricotta Crostata for Easter

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Easter is a big deal in Italy and some sort of ricotta pie is quite often a part of the Italian holiday table. The most traditional Easter pie is the pastiera. It’s a lattice-topped, sweet and savory torte filled with ricotta, beaten eggs, and wheat berries. It’s often flavored with candied fruits and a dash…

The Street Food of Mérida, Mexico

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I’ve recently returned from Mérida, Mexico – the capital city of the Yucatán region – where I threw myself into a self-proposed project to taste as much of the street food of Mérida as possible. There’s a lot to love when it comes to the street food of Mérida too. It’s a place where taco-like…

Sesame Salmon in Memory of My Father

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I’ve been away from Los Angeles. I’ve been in Florida to be by my father’s side as he lay dying. I kept this vigil with my brother and my sister. It was two weeks of heartache mixed with the joy that can only come in moments of family intimacy. There were also five days in…