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Pluot Margarita


Another successful cocktail experiment….The most difficult part is extracting pluot juice from overripe, squishy pluots. Wear food prep gloves, squeeze the pulp into a blender, then blend and strain for the juice. I have toned down the tequila to juice ratio lately. Now that I have been making cocktail so often, its better to be measured about the level of Read More

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Pineapple Margarita


The mixologist in me has been very busy lately dreaming up of different twists to the margarita recipe. How about replacing the lime juice with fresh pineapple juice?! As pineapple varies in tartness and sweetness, adjust the lime juice and syrup as appropriate. I typically start with less lime juice and syrup than what the recipe calls for, and adjust Read More

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Grilled Corn with Truffle Cheese Salt


We signed up for a wine and food pairing experience at Williamson Wines in Healdsburg this summer. One of the memorable dishes I tried there was a simple corn salad with truffle cheese salt. The taste of truffle really shines through in this refreshing salad. This is a very simple dish, and if you have the grill on standby, fire Read More

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Lobster Roll


After addressing Ashley’s request for Omurice, I am off to prepare Lobster Roll for Hillary. We had Lobster Roll, Coleslaw, and Fresh Fruit Tart for our Labor Day brunch. I paid $60 at Costco for 8 lobster tails that weighed about 2 lbs in total. Not a bad deal. After much research on how to prepare lobster tail, I found Read More

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Yolko Ono


On our way down from Seattle, we stayed one night Portland to break up the long drive back to the bay area. Our first stop was the Columnbia River Gorge. Wow! Awe inspiring is how I can describe the scenery in front of us.  We drove along the Columbia River Scenic highway hoping to make a few scenic stops during Read More

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Kahlúa Dalgona Coffee


We heaved a sigh of relief when Ashley finally showed up in Scottsdale last Wednesday. With the pandemic raging across America, we have been really worried about her safety in Seattle. So thankful to have her home! The first item she asked for when she booked her flight home is to make Dalgona Coffee. She told me this is the Read More

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Copycat Postino Crispy Cauliflower


One of the new dishes I learned after moving to Scottsdale is Crispy Cauliflower at Postino. It was always an item that we pass on when we look at the menu as no one in the family like cauliflower. During one visit, I heard a server mention that it comes with a to-die-for romesco sauce. That piqued my interest, and Read More

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Truffle Mushroom Quinotto


We tried mushroom quinotto at one of the Los Angeles restaurants over the New Year holiday. I liked the taste of the browned mushrooms, the texture of the quinoa, and the flavor of truffle permeating the grains. It has quite a long list of ingredients for an all-in-one dish, but if you have home-made chicken broth and the fresh herbs Read More

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Baked Penne with Chicken and Mushrooms


The theme for the 57th Gourmet Club meet was Martha Stewart Christmas. Our esteem club member Lee Lee brought baked penne based on Martha’s recipe. Lee Lee advised that she adjusted Martha’s recipe quite a bit and added spicy sausage and fresh herbs. It was so good and I had to try it again at home. Here’s the modified recipe. Read More

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Ginger Kale Smoothie


For the longest time, the girls have been trying to convince me to try the ‘Green Juice’. I’ve never been a fan of raw vegetables, and had a hard time imagining grinding it into juice and drinking it? Hillary was staying over with me over the weekend and really, really wished she could have a glass of ‘Green Juice’ and Read More

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