Quinoa Cakes with Yogurt-Dill Dip

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  To say I fell behind on spring cleaning this year would be an understatement.  I didn’t start until a few weeks ago–in the middle of summer.  Enough was enough.  My photography props have found their way into almost every room in my home, my pantry was a serious mess and my closets were a […]

Rum and Citrus Chicken Kabobs with Stir-Fried Barley

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  His story opened with a recounting of childhood stunts that landed him in the town’s police station more often than he can remember.  But his days of being a delinquent end abruptly, replaced by the promise of Olympic glory when he discovers a talent for running.  As a lieutenant in the US Army Air […]

Seared Ahi, Mizuna, Green Mango and Avocado Salad

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I couldn’t let this year close without one more post.  I am still on vacation–will be ringing in 2012 on the beach.  I just wanted a chance to thank you for keeping me company here and for making 2011 such a fun blogging year–I’m looking forward to sharing more delicious times with you! I have […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

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  There was a time when I turned my nose up at tomato soup.  To me it was no more than watered down tomato sauce disguised as soup–not the least bit appealing. I felt the same about tomato juice. V8? I’ll pass.  I don’t recall when the turning point was, when I decided that a […]

Stir-Fried Eggplant, Mushrooms and Tomatoes

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  This healthy, flavorful dish is completely unlike all the rich foods I’ve indulged in all week.  It’s as if a switch turned on inside me, sparking an insatiable hunger for only rich, heavy foods.  In short, I’ve been an eating machine.  I made a large batch of chicken adobo earlier this week and I’ve […]

Slow-Cooked Heirloom Beans

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  With responsibilities to cook for my own family now (even if it is only a two-member household), I can better sympathize with my mother’s occasional pleas to help her put together a weekly menu when I was growing up.  I remember her stating sometimes that she didn’t know what to cook anymore, would we […]

Grilled Miso-Marinated Sea Bass with Turmeric Rice

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  As I unpacked from our quick island getaway, stowaway grains of Maui sand trickled out of my suitcase…welcome souvenirs of a much-needed escape from the busy summer we’ve had.  Waking up each morning to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks outside our room and seeing nothing but blue water for miles and […]

Potato-Broccoli Soup

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  At the risk of belaboring this point…Mother Nature’s seasonal dial seems to be stuck between Winter and Spring.  The Sierra forecast for this weekend was for 15 inches of new snow.  It would be all well and good if this were not early June.  As in almost summer.  As in I’m tired of the […]