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Apple Carrot Muffins


With a whole box of leftover shredded carrots sitting in the refrigerator, I decided to make carrot muffins for this week’s breakfast. Hanna did most of the work assembling the ingredients, mixing and dividing the batter into the muffin cups. These muffins turned out beautifully. She did a great job dotting the muffins with walnut chips. Top it with cream Read More

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Grilled Garlic Shrimp


We ushered in the first day of 2021 with a BBQ on the roof top of our apartment building. Its a beautiful day on a hopefully great new year for everyone. I think I served the best grilled shrimps I have tasted ever, the HUGE shrimps are juicy, bouncy (that’s what Hillary says when she tastes a good shrimp) and Read More

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Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies


We always get-together as a family during the winter holidays. When the girls were in college, we drove/flew them home so that we can spend some quality time together at home or on a vacation. For the first time in 25 years, Ashley is not going to be home for Christmas. Covid certainly threw a wrench into our holiday plans, Read More

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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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