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Get Ready for Thanksgiving

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Posted on: November 14th, 2011

I’m a firm believer in preparation; combine that with a little skill, a few good recipes and stir the pot with love and you’ve got a great Thanksgiving meal.  If you are cooking the holiday feast this year, it’s time to start planning; get the recipes out, double check your cookware and get ready for…

Olive Oil Simplified

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Posted on: October 28th, 2011

You know olive oil is a healthy choice, but which ones are right for you?  The best choice depends on your personal taste and how you plan to use it.  Here are the facts to help you choose the right oil for you!  Along with pictures and descriptions of my favorite olive oils. Partanna is…

Return of the Roast!

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Posted on: October 18th, 2011

The cooler weather of fall has finally arrived, so lets bring those meats inside and give your grill a break (for a little while at least).  Few dishes are as comforting as a fine beef roast, especially when it’s cooked just right.  In this issue, we’re discussing the Dry Oven Method for Roasting Beef –…

Fall Harvest Pumpkin & Pancetta Risotto

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Posted on: October 10th, 2011

Risotto is the ultimate rice dish – but a lot of folks are are intimidated by it.  Don’t fear the risotto!  It isn’t so hard!  It’s actually a very flexible dish with lots of room for variation.  A couple of batches and you’ll have it down! Great risotto starts with imported Italian Riso (rice), arborio…

Dinner for Breakfast

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Posted on: September 28th, 2011

My buddy Andy Attencio from channel 7 asked me this week “How come you never see any Asian Breakfast Restaurants, don’t they eat breakfast over there?” The classic Japanese breakfast – dried fish, dried scallops, daikon cake, pickled squid intestines, umeboshi (pickled plum), kombu, rice porridge and tea. A valid question!  In all the countries…

Lettuce Everywhere (and not a drop of dressing)

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Posted on: September 17th, 2011

We recently made a trip to Monterey California to learn more about our fresh greens, artichokes, garlic, celery and other vegetables from the Salinas Valley region and it was quite enlightening!  This is the best place in the world to grow lettuces and many other crops thanks to the cool temperatures and daily overcast skies…

Cooking with Kids

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Posted on: September 5th, 2011

What’s the best gift you could give you child or those you love around you?  Good habits – especially good eating habits.  Society sets a pretty bad example when it comes to food – we want everything to have HUGE flavor and we want it fast and cheap – no wonder we’re in such bad…

The Ultimate Baby Backribs & Country Green Beans

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Posted on: August 22nd, 2011

The kids may be back in school, but at the dinner table, I’m still celebrating summertime!  This week it’s tender and smokey glazed baby back ribs and maple-bacony Country Style Green Beans.  Toss in a few few ears of Musso’s Peaches and Cream Pueblo Sweetcorn, a whole wheat baguette from local Trompeau bakery (available at…

Vegetables and Pasta Siciliano

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Posted on: August 16th, 2011

Face it, choosing a main meat is simple, it’s whipping up a delicious and healthy side dish that takes a little more thought and effort.  We need mealtime solutions, fast and easy cooking techniques that are both delicious and fill our family with lots of healthy vegetables.  This recipe does just that, and it’s very…

Glazed Flank Steak, Garden Ratatouille and Pine Nut Barley

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Posted on: August 8th, 2011

Healthy eating SHOULD taste great, and this delicious combination proves it!  A scored, seasoned and grilled flank steak smothered in Ancho Loganberry Preserves paired with a simple garden ratatouille and pine nut, lemon and herb barley.  Watch the two videos below and find out how easy it is to make for your family!

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