Don’t Toss It, Fix Your Kitchen Appliance

It could have been a disaster. With the entire meal staged, ingredients prepped and timed, my friends Bonnie and Doug waited in anticipation as I prepared to cook herb-crusted rack ...

Ethiopian-inspired & infused Lentil Soup with Chicken

I’ve prepared this soup in the heart of winter here in Southern California, my east-coast and middle US friends and readers will be quick to point out that the winter ...

Zilzil Alecha - Ethiopian Flavors Expressed Perfectly!

Ethiopia Dreaming: Zilzil Alecha—Prime Beef in Green Pepper Sauce

Though it’s been more than three years since I was cruising winding my way through Ethiopia and following the Nile River, exploring the ancient ruins of Lalibela and searching for ...

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Zanzibar Mtuzi wa Samaki - Swahili Baked Halibut Curry

Zanzibar Inspired Baked Halibut Curry:
Mtuzi wa Samaki

With the heat of summer, the waves pounding on the beach and ...

Summer’s End Sunday Solo BBQ

he pace of life, schedules, commitments and deadlines hit me hard when ...
What about corks?

In Corks I Sometimes Trust.

hat do you do with your old corks? Like many wine drinkers ...

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How much coffee is enough to brew the perfect cup?

Smell The Coffee? How Much For A Perfect Cup?

My love for coffee started at an early age. That is, I loved coffee ice cream. With all the flavors in the world, I was consistent and always chose coffee ice cream. I don’t eat much ice cream anymore, though wandering through the hilltop towns of Tuscany I am easily persuaded to indulge in a […]

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Fresh & Simple. Tomato Cucumber Salad

With the heat of the summer sun blazing down, I find myself looking to either cook more outside on the BBQ or preparing simple salads in the kitchen so I do not need to fire up the oven or stovetop. That’s where the beauty and simplicity of cucumbers and tomatoes shine—together in a tasty and […]

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Burmese Chicken Lentil Curry

Now known as Myanmar and home to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the country once called Burna is nestled between India and China, Myanmar which means its food and culture influences and is influenced by both of its neighbors. With yellow lentils (chana dal) and spices (cumin, garam masala, etc.) are fond […]

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Tasting Adventure Roasted Beets Basil Balsamic Walnuts

Beets In The Summer? It’s Okay!

Though traditionally beets are considered a fall vegetable, but if you’re roaming the farmers markets around here, and if you could get past the sweet corn, tomatoes and squash, you’d find these delicious beets of all colors eager to find their place on the summer BBQ. I will admit this is an unusual twist to […]

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A Quick Trip To Asia Before The Fourth of July!

With the Fourth of July Weekend nearly upon us, I figured the time was right to explore one more global adventure before moving from the kitchen to the grill for a weekend of classic Americana. But what to cook? I figured there was no need to venture down the road of an overly complicated meal. […]

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Grilled Chicken w/Peanut Sauce & Cucumber Salad

Thai Inspired Grilled Chicken Is To Die For! This dish is to die for. For me, the problem with skinless, boneless chicken breast is that they are boring and usually take quite a bit to elevate them to something delicious. I’ve always loved thai food and the integration of cilantro, mint, peanuts, peanut sauce, spice […]

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There’s Alcohol In Your Wine! How Much? Reviewers Now Tell.

It hit me some years ago when while tasting and reading a bottle of Turley Zinfandel. I nearly dropped the bottle when I realized the alcohol level recorded on the label indicated 17%. That’s nearly port, I thought. Since then the alcohol levels of wines beyond zinfandel have been steadily climbing. So much so that […]

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