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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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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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The Wild World of Restaurant Wine Corkage Policies

Last night I was able to lift my head up and take a needed break from working on my books and other projects. I made the short journey to downtown San Diego to finally catch up with old friends Steve Farber and Shawn Ellis. While Steve is local, Shawn is in San Diego for the […]

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Onions. The Hidden Truth.

What is it about onions? Growing up I avoided them completely. Carefully picking them off burgers, sandwiches and salads, it wasn’t until my late 20’s that I began what has been many years of courting the almighty onion. This affair has served me well as I have learned much about my paramour, the onion, and […]

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