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Gingerly Gingered Carrot, Leek and Fennel Soup

Posted by in The Kitchen

This hearty root vegetable puree is a perfect winter soup. The absence of cream makes this a versatile menu item. Rich balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil bring out the deep, earthy flavors of the vegetables while fresh lemon juice and fragrant ginger brighten and accent the high notes of this delicious, well-balanced soup.

Spicy Cornish Game Hens

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Cornish game hens get a spicy kick from chipotle and cayenne peppers! Lime juice helps tenderize and flavor the birds, while a little of your favorite barbeque sauce adds smoky sweetness. Try this new twist on a traditional bird, or on your next whole chicken!

Arroz con Pollo

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This traditional Spanish dish adds color and aroma to your dinner table, thanks to the fragrant saffron, onions and garlic. The rice soaks up all the natural goodness given forth from the browned chicken pieces, while green peas add color and texture.

Cooking The Perfect Steak – Part Seven

Posted by in The Coffee Shop

Number 66 at my parents’ restaurant was a dish called Steak Kue. Open ordering, a ribeye was quickly seared on an old, flat, blackened grill. The steak was quickly cut into pieces and stir fried with celery, bok choy, mushrooms and onions. Thickened with a cornstarch slurry, the natural gravy was set apart by “a touch of oyster sauce.” The heavenly marriage of oyster sauce and beef was the inspiration for this Perfect Steak recipe.

Hungry in Hawaii

Posted by in The Dining Room

The beauty of Hawaii provides a spectacular backdrop to the life and culture of this unique United State. Of course, a focus for me was the food! Along with enjoying the sights and ambience of this heavenly place, I took notes and photos of the many meals and sights I enjoyed on this relaxing, but too-short vacation.

Chinese Long Beans with Chicken

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Delicious and versatile, Chinese long beans are a perfect spring stir fry ingredient. The rich flavors of soy and oyster sauces mingle with pungent ginger and salted black beans to make a rich, savory gravy. Tender, marinated chicken marries with the crisp beans for a textural treat.

Seared Salmon Steaks with Sesame Ginger Bok Choy

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Deliciously moist, fresh salmon steaks are served with a light but vibrantly flavored sauce spiked with fresh garlic and ginger. Sesame oil and ponzu sauce complement the meaty fish with an Asian flair, and crisp, hearty baby bok choy provides the perfect flavor and textural balance to this meal.

Best Bloody Mary

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Refreshing with a Sunday Brunch, the perfect “after party” cure…a Bloody Mary is one of many cocktail staples to have in your repertoire. Don’t ever be caught without the key ingredients for a Bloody. You just never know when you need to make one! Or two…