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Pepita Encrusted Salmon

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Posted on: July 8th, 2013

Now that fresh Alaska salmon is in season and we can eat it as often as we like, a lot of us are looking for some new recipes.  Here is a personal favorite with a fabulous crusted top of delicious (and nutrition packed) pumpkin seeds – enjoy in good health!  – mick Keep in mind…

Ultimate BBQ Rib Secrets

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Posted on: June 24th, 2013

Just picture the perfect slab of ribs now; beautifully glazed, falling apart tender, with a nice smoky flavor, plenty great sauce and a big stack of napkins on the side! I can almost feel the BBQ sauce on my face now! There’s no better way to spend an evening than sharing a couple slabs of perfectly cooked…

Disarming the Artichoke

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Posted on: June 19th, 2013

Don’t you just love artichokes!  They’re great steamed, stuffed or grilled and hard to beat in appetizers, pastas, salads, dips, pizza and breads. A Mediterranean favorite since Greek times, Italian immigrants started planting their beloved ‘carciofi’ near the town of Castroville around the turn of the century. Today 2/3 of the domestic crop hails from that area. You can…

Strawberry Love

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Posted on: June 6th, 2013

Fresh strawberries are loaded with vitamins, fiber, manganese and potassium and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, but hardly any calories. With only 8 calories in an ounce, many consider them a negative calorie food, taking more energy to digest than present in the fruit. Considering all this, we should be eating strawberries…

Sweet, It’s Cherry Season!

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Posted on: June 4th, 2013

Cherries are a very special fruit indeed!  The first tree fruit of summer, domestic cherries start in May and aren’t bad, they get better in June, and usually by the first of July we’re treated to the best cherries of the season from Colorado’s western slope.  The local season is short, so lets gorge ourselves…

Seafood Secrets – Mussels

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Posted on: May 17th, 2013

Thanks to their amazing flavor and chewy texture these tasty bivalves are a special treat for seafood lovers, and since they are beneficial to the ocean, farming them (and choosing them for your supper) is a wonderful thing! Farm raised mussels are my first choice, firstly because of sustainability, and secondly because they are easier…

Seafood Secrets – Clams

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Posted on: March 15th, 2013

Shellfish are the ocean’s sweetest of treats!  With flavors and textures so diverse they defy description, shellfish are among the most delectable foods of the land or sea. While shrimp, crab and lobster are the most popular, I’m convinced few foods can match the bliss lurking in a steaming plate of perfectly prepared clams. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Not…

One Pan Meals, Chicken Marsala

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Posted on: March 5th, 2013

Sometimes we enjoy spending hours cooking an extra special meal, but usually we need a quick and delicious suppertime solution. That’s where the pan technique comes in handy. Chicken Marsala is fabulous one pan dish. Pictured above: Chicken Marsala from our Deli. The technique is brilliantly simple! Start by browning meats in a pan, remove and reserve,…

Crock Pot Secrets

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Posted on: February 19th, 2013

Crock-pots are a great tool for the busy cook, slowly braising less expensive cuts and rendering them falling-apart tender – all while you’re off at work. There is no need for stirring and you don’t have to worry about the pan scorching, just set it and forget it. Here are some tips and professional secrets…

Understanding Beef – The Round

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Posted on: February 11th, 2013

Beef cuts can be confusing, some are great on the grill, some are better oven roasts, and others need slow braising to get tender. In previous blogs we talked about the Beef Loin and Rib, as well as the tasty cuts from the Beef Chuck, and today’s feature on the Beef Round completes the series.

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