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Pressing Out Hamburgers

As I was preparing to make a hamburger for our son, I learned a quick lesson on working with fresh hamburger meat (as opposed to pulling a preformed patty from the freezer like I usually do). I’ve always heard that if you overwork the meat, it would be tough, which […]

The Journey Begins

Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I asked my chef husband to be my tutor/mentor/sage (not the herb) for the 2018 year, teaching me his tips, tricks and wisdom in the culinary department. I figured that after over a decade together, our bakers dozen year should be a fun journey […]

A Little Garnish for Your Grillin’

Try this fresh and sweet relish atop your favorite grilled fish or chicken to give it a little extra kick. Mango Relish Chef Cal DeMercurio, C.E.C. 1 pint Mango, fresh, diced 1 cup Roma Tomato, diced 1 medium Red Onion, fine diced 4 pieces Green Onion, chopped fine ½ cup […]

Using up the last of your garden

It’s about time to say good-bye to this year’s garden and I’m sure you’re running out of ways to use your plenty. How about making some simple bread and butter pickles that will be good for months to come and ready to eat in the fridge? I make bread and butter […]

The Legacy of Cioppino

Growing up, I often heard the stories from my Dad about Grandpa being a fisherman in San Francisco. They tell of him being a part of a legacy…the legacy we know today as Cioppino (chu-PEE-noh). The story goes that at the end of the day, when all the fisherman came […]

A Little Twist for Your BBQ

When it’s warm out, I love to BBQ. It’s the last few days of summer, so grab a cold-one, grill up your chicken or meat, and before you serve, jazz it up with your favorite BBQ sauce, but with a little twist (of fresh orange juice that is). Your dish would be […]

My Paella Recipe

A big part of recipe building is taking an idea and making it your own. Almost everything has already been done under the sun, but you can still put a unique spin on it. For my paella, I use the traditional arborio rice, prawns, clams, chicken and saffron, but for […]

What is Paella?

I love to expose people to new foods that they can’t normally get without travelling great distances. There is a vast amount of cultural experiences that many will never discover. So let’s come to the table and visit Spain. Paella (pah-eh-ya) is one of those traditional dishes that heralds from Valencia, Spain […]