Blue Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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I’ll start by saying you don’t need to use blue crab for this recipe. Any type of crab meat will do. I just happened to pick up a jar of Pontchartrain Blue Crab at Whole Foods, so that is what I used. It was really good. I think this is the first time I have eatenRead More

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Grilled Oysters with Parmesan Garlic Butter

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Oysters are one of those foods that people either love or they hate, rarely straddling the fence. My mother used to make oyster stew which is actually more of a soup. I loved it. Michael and I always seem to find somewhere to eat oysters when we travel to the coast. The best oysters IRead More

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Steelhead by any other name…

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is still not salmon. Steelhead trout are related to Pacific salmon, but they are actually the same species as rainbow trout. Steelhead live in streams and rivers all along the California coast.  Steelhead trout grow much bigger than rainbow trout, which stay in streams. They may spend one to four years in fresh water, thenRead More

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Cajun Shrimp and Grits

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Michael is away for dinner tonight enjoying an early Father’s Day dinner with his daughter and son-in-law. My routine, when Michael’s away, is to head for the spice cabinet. I like things spicier than Michael does, so I take advantage of the opportunity to savor the hot stuff. I usually enjoy a hot pepper or twoRead More

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Stinking Rose Pizza Clone

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The Stinking Rose Pizza
I’ve been missing you.

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Jalapeño Ranch Fish Sandwich

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Fish Sandwich with Spicy Jalapeño Ranch Tartar Sauce

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Mussels with White Wine Sauce – Revisited

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Mussels in White Wine Sauce – an old recipe revisited!

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Fish Tacos with Sriracha Slaw

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If you participated in the Twitter chat with Chef Rick Bayless last night and asked about my fish taco recipe, this one’s for you! The real star of this show is the Sriracha slaw dressing. Sriracha Slaw Dressing Prep time:  5 mins Total time:  5 mins Print This is great as a coleslaw dressing orRead More

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Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon with Fennel

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My favorite go-to recipe for salmon is smoked with dill. The market was out of dill today but they had fennel. If you are a regular reader, you know I am not fond of fennel seed. I admit that I have never eaten fresh fennel. I decided to use the fennel in place of theRead More

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Shrimp and Grits

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Michael has gone to the coast for the weekend to take his boat out to the Maverick’s Surf Competition. Spectators are not allowed on the beach so the only way to see the action is from a boat or from a bar via Jumbotron. I am at home recovering from oral surgery on Thursday. FromRead More

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Linguine with White Clam Sauce

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When we eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory Michael always order the manager’s special which includes two pasta dishes, one of which is linguine with clam sauce. I have never tried it nor have I ever made it. A recipe for it was featured on Tasty Kitchen a few days ago so I decided toRead More

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Scallops with Citrus Soy Sauce and Butternut Squash

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I wanted to make the first real dinner in our new home today. I decided to try out my new saute’ pan to make some seared scallops. Butternut squash sounded good too as did a citrus soy sauce.  We really enjoyed this meal. Michael wasn’t thrilled with the sauce but liked it in small amountsRead More

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Dungeness Crab Cakes

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The heatwave continues and nobody wants to stand at the stove for a long time or heat up the kitchen by using the oven. I decided to make crab cakes and grilled artichokes for dinner. The crab cakes are very easy to make and hardly take any time to cook at all. Dungeness Crab CakesRead More

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Grilled Tilapia Tacos

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It is fish taco time again! I decided to fore-go the frying and opt for grilling the fish in a small amount of olive oil. The results were fantastic. I topped the tacos with homemade mango salsa and slaw with spicy dressing. You could make these with any firm fish you like. Tilapia is thin,Read More

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Tacos all day.

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Today is Cinco de Mayo, observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.  I celebrated by eating tacos all day. I started the day out with breakfast tacos. My breakfast tacos included pork chorizo, eggs, greenRead More

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Grilled Oysters and Bush’s Grillin’ Beans

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If you have never had grilled oysters you don’t know what you are missing. I bought two bags of large, lovely oysters today and paired them with Bush’s Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin’ Beans. It was so good. The salty, briny oysters with Louisiana hot sauce was perfect with the sweetness of the beans. This wasRead More

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Spicy Thai Shrimp with Coconut Lemongrass Rice

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I had nothing planned for dinner but a package of frozen jumbo shrimp inspired me. I decided to make a spicy Thai dish with lemongrass rice. I didn’t find any recipes online that matched the ingredients I had on hand. So I set about creating my own. I loved it! Michael felt it was tooRead More

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Easy Open-faced Crab Melts

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This is my version of a sandwich Michael and I have enjoyed at the Cliff House in San Francisco. It consists of Dungeness crab on an English muffin with melted cheese. I buy the small plastic tubs of Dungeness crab meat in the seafood department at my local grocer. I have tried the lump crab,Read More

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Shrimp & Lobster Stir-Fry

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I have been trying to make this dish for several nights now and finally got the chance. We have been so busy building the screen room that I was too lazy to cook by the time we have stopped in the evening. Today all we did was wrangle pigs so it was a walk inRead More

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Macadamia Crusted Halibut

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In Sacramento, CA there is a restaurant called Scott’s Seafood Bar and Grill with several locations. Two homes ago, we lived just around the corner from the Folsom location and dined there frequently. Scott’s is a wonderful restaurant and if you are ever in the Sacramento area you must try it. I highly recommend theRead More

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