Category Archives: Cooking

Cooking with Brian: Pork Char Sui

For over a year now, our family who believe in science and the Co-Vid Virus have been practicing mitigation; masks, social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, visiting no one and accepting no invitations to visit.  Our son works from home and … Continue reading

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Easy Braised Cabbage and Pork Chops

Stubb’s BBQ rub, a brand fairly new to me, is sold in a variety of spice mixes and works well on chicken, lamb or pork.  I particularly like the sea salt, paprika and garlic mix. The prep on these pork … Continue reading

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Sonora Gallina Pinta

I was so excited when I found this used cook book by Diana Kennedy, “The Cuisines of Mexico.”   Ms. Kennedy lived many years in Mexico with her husband who worked as a New York Times correspondent. Through regional travel, tasting … Continue reading

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No Crab Gumbo

Freezer surprise, no Dungeness crab bodies!  I was absolutely certain that I had a large bag of crab bodies with legs and, months ago, decided I would make gumbo sometime during the season’s family celebrations.  I was disappointed; both that … Continue reading

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Homemade Pizza

The first time I had Italian pizza was when we went to visit my husband’s family in Upstate New York.  Of course I’d had pizza in California all my life, but except for topping choices, California pizza like French pizza … Continue reading

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Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Shawarmas were one of the few, good fast foods we could find in the countries we lived in and traveled to while overseas.  In West Africa they were usually Lebanese, in England and Ireland they were Turkish or Greek.   The … Continue reading

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Duck Breast Aquitaine

This recipe from the Aquitaine region of France is one of my favorites, perfectly blending the flavors of vanilla, balsamic velours/glaze, apples and butter sauteed onions with duck breast.  This enormous duck comes from the preferred duck breed in the … Continue reading

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Peach Ice Cream

I adore fruit ice creams and frozen yogurts.  Back in the day peach ice cream had peaches in it, in fact,  fruit ice creams had fruit in them, not some approximate, imitation color and flavor of the fruit.  Ice cream … Continue reading

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Green Tomato Chicken Curry

My neighbor Caroline gifted me with some lovely, small green tomatoes.  I immediately thought of green tomato curry.  Freshly ground spices lends welcome authenticity to this homemade, normally vegetarian dish, especially where there are no Indian restaurants worth speaking of. … Continue reading

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Honey Mustard Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

It’s been a while since I’ve roasted a honey mustard chicken.  I always forget how good it is, especially with the addition of butter and minced shallots. My husband loves roasted vegetables, as long as potatoes are included 🙂  I … Continue reading

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