The Pantry

My Top 10 Beef Cuts for Grilling

  1.   The Porterhouse Steak is cconsidered the “King of Steaks”, because it is actually two steaks in one. One side is a New York Strip, and the other side is a large sized filet mignon.   It is perfect grilled but can also be broiled, sautéed or pan-fried. 2.  T –Bone steak is named for […]

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  February 8, 2010   2 comments

Pot Stickers 101…sort of!

I love Pot stickers; however, I have never made them before.  I’d rather not admit it, but it took me three tries to get it right!  Maybe it’s because I lost my wok in a move a couple of years ago, so I used my old faithful non-stick skillet.  But that really is just an […]

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  October 31, 2009   No comments

Chinese Cuisine, a little background

In Chinese culture it is important to find balance and harmony in every aspect of life, including food.   And good cuisine has much the same effect of Chinese medicine, as in prolonging life, sustaining good health, and the promotion of energy.   Chinese dishes, are meant to be simple.  The goal is to create […]

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  September 24, 2009   No comments

Learning to Cook Chinese food…My Journey

Sure, I’ve made many Chinese meals, but the truth is I am just following recipes.  Now is the time to give the great art form that Chinese cuisine is its due.   I’m going to learn to cook Chinese food as it should be, with respect to tradition and culture.  To do that, I will be […]

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  September 20, 2009   No comments

Lunch in Los Olivos

We all need to get away every once in a while, even if only for a day or two.  What makes it better is to coerce a friend to come along.  Christine and I have been friends ever since we cooked together years ago at Malibu Riding & Tennis Club.  Even though we live only […]

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  August 23, 2009   No comments

Leek as an Onion Substitute

Last week I was talking to my friend, Karla, about a client of mine who doesn’t like onion. How can I possibly cook without onion? I’ve cooked with leek many times before, but never have needed an onion substitute. Karla told me when her sister-in-law, who is not an onion lover visits, she replaces onion […]

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  June 7, 2009   3 comments

Restaurant review; BAR FOOD

Found a great new place to go for drinks and small plates; BAR FOOD, opened March 17th, St. Paddy’s Day, which is very appropriate since owner/chef, Jason Killalee, hails from Dublin, Ireland.   It opens every afternoon at 5pm, and serves free hot dogs (usually $2) until 6pm—I think.  At least my friend Helen and I […]

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  May 6, 2009   4 comments

Appetizers for 150

I just made appetizers for a party of 150 people! It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. My friend Carol helped me prepare seven different dishes; a fruit and cheese platter, two chicken dishes, cucumber cups, salad skewers, quesadillas, and brownies. Didn’t have much left, so I guess they liked […]

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  April 25, 2009   6 comments

Meatloaf I Actually Like!

My most hated supper when I was growing up was MEATLOAF! Hated it! And by the way, I never use the word “hate”. To me it’s just a four letter, bad word. But meatloaf (I’ll call it ML from now on) just made me want to cry and throw a tantrum (please no comments from […]

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  March 21, 2009   3 comments