Hatch Valley Surprise

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While living in Texas, I came to know Hatch Chiles.  They are spicy New Mexico based chile that has a flavor very distinct from other better known chile peppers.  When the season for hatch chiles comes around in late summer, I always make sure to pick up some to use for cooking or in this [...]

Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon, Cucumber and Feta

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  It’s summer again in Los Angeles.  After a cooling spell of a week in the 60s, we are back to 80 degree weather in April.  So what better time to bring out a recipe my wife found on Pinterest she has wanted to try.  The combination of fresh lemon juice, cucumbers and one of [...]

Kale Salad with Apples, Grapes and Quinoa

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There’s a restaurant in Pasadena we go to often because they offer amazing kid meals for $3.  The kids get fresh fruit, vegetable, and several options. The best part is they have quite a few good options for us to enjoy and they have a great outdoor patio.  La Grande Orange Cafe is a go [...]

Chicken Artichoke Piccata for #SundaySupper

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Honest, quality, home cooked meals is what chef Sara Moulton has embodied throughout her work on PBS, FoodNetwork, and her many cookbooks.  I personally haven’t followed Sara’s work as well as some other TV chefs; though, I’m not a big fan of the craziness surrounding the cook celebrity fandom that has become quite a spectacle in food circles. I [...]

Lemon, Sage and Asparagus Rigatoni

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Fresh pasta is one of those things that sounds time consuming, especially on a work day evening. It certainly can be but there are ways to reduce the time and my secret weapon is the KitchenAid mixer with the pasta extractor accessory. The pasta dough is simple to make and then a small ball of [...]

Jägerschnitzel for #SundaySupper

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This week’s Sunday Supper theme is Retro Recipes.  I was reminded a couple weeks ago about one of my favorite restaurants when I made some German Lentil Soup from Portland Oregon’s Der Rheinlander. The soup was great, but it was missing something. Something I loved to eat as a child - Jägerschnitzel.  It was one of [...]

Barley and Herb-Stuffed Vegetables

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Last weekend I spent some time making these creative stuffed zucchinis. The filling is quite simple and reminded me of how much I need to use barley more often in my vegetarian cooking. The one modification I would make is to use bell peppers instead of the zucchini.  The filling needed something a bit more [...]

#SundaySupper Mint Marinated Beef Kebabs with Garlic Sauce

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Moving to a new city has its challenges even if it is one you’ve lived in before, though 20 years ago. One challenge is finding where to buy local, grass-fed meat. The La Canada Farmers Market has one of the better reputation ranches at its event every Saturday morning. Novy Ranch sounded similar to Burgundy Pasture Beef Ranch [...]

Pappardelle with Leeks, Sugar Snap Peas and Lemon

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Here is a simple, light spring pasta dish that is a departure from the typical heavy red or cream sauce. The sauce here is pretty light that is if you consider a half a stick of butter light? It might be better to say it tastes light.  The lemon, sugar snap peas, and leeks do [...]

Roasted Cauliflower with Pasta and Lemon Zest

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As a kid I would only eat cauliflower if it was drenched in Cheez Whiz. I don’t think I’ve had Cheez Whiz since the 1980s and doubtful I’ll ever have it again. Fortunately, I’ve come to like cauliflower without gobs of processed cheese that’s why it’s great to find a recipe that brings the vegetable [...]