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Savory Morning Buns: White Cheddar and Green Olives

Savory Morning Buns: White Cheddar and Green Olives

Every morning has the potential to be a good one when you have a handful of morning buns. Last time, I made a full on sweet version with cinnamon, here. This time, I was craving something savory, slightly crusty on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside. […]

Chochoyotes and Black Bean Soup

Chochoyotes and Black Bean Soup

Cold weather calls for savory, hearty, warming soup. Today, we are taking the time to make chochoyotes-  tiny masa dough balls with an indentaion in the center to catch the garnishes for an extra tasty bite. And, since it is cold and rainy, we are […]

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Huancaina Sauce

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Huancaina Sauce

For those who know me, it’s no secret that I love Peruvian food. It’s one of my favorites and I get some mean cravings for the flavors in chifa, huancaina, aji’s, saltado’s, and ceviches to name a few. It would be fantastic to be able […]

Mushroom and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Mushroom and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Simplicity is key when one is pressed for time. As much as I enjoy an occasional fancy coursed out meal, it’s about hearty flavors and simple preparation that steals the show on a daily basis. Besides, most of us are beyond busy and weekday cooking […]

Tostadas de Chapulines // Grasshopper Tostadas

Tostadas de Chapulines // Grasshopper Tostadas

The first time I had chapulines I didn’t know what I was eating, exactly. There was a mysterious plastic bag filled with reddish tiny things with legs. Coated in chile powder, my co-workers were chowing down on whatever was in this bag. From the looks […]

Marinated Idiazabál Cheese with Rosemary

Marinated Idiazabál Cheese with Rosemary

I have not been spending as much quality time in the kitchen lately as I would like. I always begin with the best intentions, complete with a grocery list and ideas for weeknight meals, work lunches, and a special item or two for experimenting. All […]

Spot Prawns with Cilantro Lime Butter

Spot Prawns with Cilantro Lime Butter

Sweet and rich like lobster but miniature in size. Now is the season for enjoying San Diego’s locally caught spot prawns off the La Jolla coast. We picked up a handful of these guys still alive and kicking with their waving antennae from Catalina Offshore […]

Esquites

Esquites

One great thing about summer is the simple pleasure of having a few extra hours of sunlight in the day to sit on the porch sipping a mint julep– when life’s busy schedule allows. On days when this is not possible, I take pleasure in […]

Asparagus Salad with Avocado Meyer Lemon Dressing

Asparagus Salad with Avocado Meyer Lemon Dressing

Spring is here but these past couple of days feel more like summer with the 80 degree temperature we are having. When it’s warm out, sometimes all I want is a fresh and flavorful salad; crisp and cold, of course. The local farmer’s market down […]

Potato Rounds and Romesco Sauce

Potato Rounds and Romesco Sauce

Sauces make most everything taste better. It’s true that some foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits really don’t need anything extra, but sometimes condiments make the flavors pop. These roasted potatoes are a good example of a snack that is enhanced by a flavorful […]

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