Main Dishes

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Steak with Tomato Relish

July 27, 2010
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You’ve watched over your steak on the grill in hopes of getting it to your desired doneness. You’ve patiently waited while it rests and redistributes all of its juices. Then finally it’s the moment of truth…time to carve. I was full of pride (and relief) when I made that first incision into this Sweet & […]

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Spinach-Pesto Lasagna

July 8, 2010
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Baked pasta – seriously?? I know that for a lot of folks the weather this week has been an absolute scorcher. But here in San Diego, we’ve kind of been experiencing the opposite (but not at all severe) phenomenon…it’s actually been a bit cold and blustery. In fact, I nearly turned the car around as […]

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Teriyaki Burgers

June 27, 2010
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Teriyaki burgers. Sweet onions. Spicy mayo. Hawaiian rolls. Pineapple. Is your mouth watering yet? This is my kind of burger: medium-rare, grass-fed (Food Inc. opened my eyes), eighty-five percent lean beef bathed in homemade teriyaki marinade.¬† The idea for the burger comes from the back of my favorite brand of hamburger buns, King’s Hawaiian. A […]

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Braised Short Ribs

June 21, 2010
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Once, a few years ago, my sisters and I ran into Wolfgang Puck in Vegas. Or at least we saw him. We were having a late lunch at one of his restaurants, Trattoria del Lupo, at Mandalay Bay, and I noticed him from afar. He was just sitting by himself, at a table right in […]

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Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas

April 13, 2010
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I wasn’t looking for any kind of packaged spice mix when I went grocery shopping¬† for ingredients to make chicken fajitas. I usually prefer to just use what I have in my spice drawer at home (which is pretty robust, by the way – one day I’ll post about it!). But I noticed a McCormick […]

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Shrimp with Orzo

March 11, 2010
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I’m an Auntie! My sister and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby boy, earlier this week (with a rather quick labor for a first child, I might add – just 6 hours!) and we’re all overjoyed. They just brought him home from the hospital yesterday, so now the real fun begins. The “new […]

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Quick Fiesta Chicken Soup

February 25, 2010
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I’ve done what I used to think was the impossible, a feat reserved for only the superhuman among us. With the exception of our regular Saturday night take0ut, as of tomorrow I will have cooked dinner at home every night for the past two weeks. Between activities, errands, a second infant and witching hour (do […]

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Red Beans and Rice

February 14, 2010
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Food blogging is an amazing pastime for someone like me who loves to celebrate holidays. It seems like there’s always some kind of special occasion happening in the world, and along with it usually comes special food. We’ve just come off of Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day cooking; this week you’ll now find a lot […]

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Fettucine Carbonara

January 24, 2010
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Once upon a time, years ago, we had a good friend over for dinner. It was the first time we’d ever hosted her so I wanted to roll out the red carpet, so to speak, with a delicious, hearty pasta carbonara. I’d never made it before, but it was pasta – how hard could it […]

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Broccoli Cheese Pasta Casserole

January 11, 2010
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[tweetmeme] Is there anything more homey than a big ol’ broccoli casserole? Perhaps it’s a sign of my “settling down”, now that I’m married with two kids and live in the suburbs (when did this happen?) but I’ve rediscovered casseroles in the past year or so. You’ll almost never see one on a restaurant menu […]

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