Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mushroom-Stuffed Five Spice Chicken

  Sometimes I can get a little carried away.  I’ve learned over the years that I often mistake frenzy for efficiency.  There’s always been something so gratifying about finishing a task, but is this really the way to happiness? For a number of reasons, I’ve been forced to slow things down over the past year.  For the first...

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Spring Fever :: Pomegranate-Orange Salsa

  For many good reasons I have a severe case of spring fever.  Yes, it’s a little early to be daydreaming about warmer, sun-drenched days, wildflowers and bare shoulders.  However, the sun is out in my part of the world, blades of bright green grass are slowly beginning to creep...

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Coconut + Ginger Baked Wild Shrimp Parcels

  You can’t deny the fact that there’s something so amusing in slowly unwrapping a steaming packet of lavishly-flavored food wrapped in parchment paper. This cooking method, known by the French as “en papillote” (parchment paper that encloses food in an envelope) has been used for decades in many culinary preparations.  During the haute cuisine...

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Quick Fix Marinade :: Spicy Oregano Chicken

California can get a bad rap in the winter.  Most of us don’t get to experience snow days, or snow blowers, for that matter.  So, while we are able to splash around in brightly-colored rain boots for the majority of the season, we tend to miss out on a lot of the wintry fun. One...

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Quinoa Pasta with Brussels Sprout Leaves, White Beans + Lemon Zest

Today is the first official day of 2011 that I’m not in a flu coma.  My body doesn’t ache with every movement, my head doesn’t pound and my persistent, hacking cough is beginning to slowly retreat.  As someone who rarely gets sick, I was beginning to wonder what kind of rare illness I had contracted...

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