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What’s for Breakfast? A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

I’m not a boxed cereal kind of gal. Not when I’m alone — and certainly not when I have company.

For challenges (and all-round eating out of the FOODalogue kitchen), I rely on what’s on-hand. Anything that’s not fresh or healthy(ish) is kept to a minimum … a pinch, sprinkle, dusting or dollop.

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Conjuring Up the Perfect Bite: Asian Fusion

This month the Creative Cooking Crew challenges us to present “the perfect bite”. I thought about it a lot. It’s not as easy as you may think. It could be nostalgic, like something my grandmother made with love and old world traditions, or … Continue Reading

The Best Rice Salad Ever!

Just look at that mise en place — and it only partially reflects all the ingredients. The finished dish had 3 different rice varieties, pork loin, cranberries, dates, walnuts, a variety of lentils, herbs, raw vegetables — and a chocolate and orange dressing!! Yes, you read that correctly: chocolate and orange!!

Great for a party or a one-dish meal for the family. Continue Reading

A Latin-Inspired Birthday Lunch Was the Answer to a Super Bowl Day Conflict

As you may know, in my family, we celebrate everyone’s birthday with a group dinner generally late Sunday afternoon of the birthday week. So, a couple of weeks ago I sent out a family text announcing I would host Gram’s (the family matriarch) and Julie’s (my d-in-l) birthdays on 2/2 at 5:00. Yikes … the push back was immediate. You think I said the world was coming to an end!

Not being a fan of football (or bad fried and cheesy food-fests), I didn’t realize there was something else scheduled for that day. We compromised and I moved the festivities up to lunch so ‘those who cared’ could be home or wherever for the big kick-off. Continue Reading

Martin Codax Albariño Wine Dinner at Chef José Andres’ Bazaar: It’s a Double Olé!

Oh, what a night!

Imagine the premier white wine of Spain paired with 16 courses by Chef Jóse Andres in an uber trendy South Beach hotel … then mix in a dash of molecular gastronomy. Magic!

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Pickled Blueberries and Corn

A melange of cultures and ingredients went into these jars – and it worked so beautifully I served it twice! Continue Reading

I’m Going on a Picnic and I’m Bringing … Foie Gras!

There’s a word game played during long car trips called “I’m Going on a Picnic …”. It’s also a drinking game played at parties. I’ve played both, though not recently. Perhaps you have too?

And, it’s this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge … a virtual picnic. Continue Reading

The New BLT Sandwich: It’s not what you think! A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

“Build a sandwich around 3 ingredients that start with the letters B.L.T.” that was the directive for this month’s challenge. And you know we’re not talking bacon, lettuce and tomato! Continue Reading

Yearning for a Boiled Dinner … with Variations

While everyone was eating corned beef and cabbage this past weekend, I ate a “cajun spiced Salmon Rueben” and an “open-faced chipotle shrimp tortilla”.

They were both great, but left me yearning. I had an itch that needed scratching. Continue Reading

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