Poached Eggs on Polenta with Pesto and Crisp Prosciutto (45 of 98)

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Home alone, I scoured the Sunset magazine cookbook today for a recipe for dinner that Michael wouldn’t like. This recipe caught my eye because of the pesto on top. Michael avoids “green things” but I was free to go for it. I made the polenta early in the day and thawed some homemade pesto fromRead More

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Santa Maria-style Grilled Tri-tip (44 of 98)

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(Recipe 44 of 98) We haven’t been very successful at grilling tri-tip but I have to say this one came out quite good. Michael put it on the grill and we watched a recorded episode of American Idol. It was perfectly done in the time it took to watch a one hour episode minus theRead More

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Asian Pear, Persimmon and Almond Salad (Recipe 43 of 98)

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I decided to try this recipe since I happened to have ripe Fuyu persimmons in the fridge. All I needed was an Asian pear and some sliced almonds. This salad is easy to make and the dressing is quite tasty. I served it with a fruited pork tenderloin and it paired quite well. Here isRead More

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Paprika Tomatoes with Poached Eggs (Recipe 42 of 98)

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Shakshouka, or Paprika Tomatoes with Poached Egg was going to be a tough one to pull off. I knew Michael wouldn’t touch it, so I adjusted the amounts to make two servings of tomatoes to which I added just one egg. Perfect size for me. I cooked it in a larger pan, then transferred toRead More

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Pinot-braised Duck with Spicy Greens (Recipe 41 of 98)

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I have never tasted duck before nor have I ever cooked it. But, since this recipe is in the magazine I had to cook it. Michael loves duck but has always found it not to his liking in restaurants. Today I made this duck, scaling the recipe down to two leg quarters since I wouldRead More

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Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy (Recipe 40 of 98)

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For many years it has been a tradition for me to have chili on Halloween night . Tomorrow is Halloween so I thought I would make this chili because the recipe says it improves with time. So I made it today thinking it would be even better tomorow night. What I can tell is thatRead More

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Port-Braised Short Ribs w/ Ginger & Star Anise (Recipe 39 of 98)

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I have made short ribs twice since I met Michael. Both times I promised never to make them again. They were gristly globs of beef floating in thick fat and totally unappetizing. I cringed when I saw the short rib recipe in Sunset, but, I had to make it. Maybe Michael would forget I promisedRead More

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Biscuit-topped Chicken Potpies (Recipe 38 of 98)

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Michael and I had these potpies for dinner tonight in front of the TV watching The Amazing Race. They were scrumptious. I loved the creamy chicken filling. The sage in the biscuits was a little strange but loved the addition of the cheddar cheese. I will definitely make these again.   Here is the recipeRead More

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Pear Pecan Upside-down Cake (Recipe 37 of 98)

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In my Sunset Cookbook challenge I have had my first failure, and it was on an epic scale. I made two of these cakes at the same time but did not double the recipe for fear that it wouldn’t come out the same. I did everything twice, following the recipe to a tee. My plan wasRead More

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Penne with Mushrooms and Prosciutto (Recipe 36 of 98)

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Today has been a hectic day so I chose an easy pasta dish to make for dinner. I was not able to find oyster mushrooms so I substituted baby portobellos. This was a very good dish overall. Michael emailed me from upstairs where he ate his dinner and told me it was “Da Bomb.” IRead More

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Chicken and Corn Summer Chowder (Recipe 35 of 98)

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I was looking for a dinner entree that would be quick and easy and this one definitely fit the bill. It’s use of a store bought rotisserie chicken cut the cooking and preparation time down to under an hour. Michael especially liked the contrast of the hearty hot chowder with the chilled toppings and squirtRead More

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Salt and Pepper Shrimp (Recipe 34 of 98)

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I made these to go along with the fish tacos tonight. They too were delicious. So simple yet so good. I love the strong pepper and garlic flavor and I love that the shells are kept on. When you peel them, you can’t help but lick your fingers and get off all the garlic oil.Read More

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Baja Fish Tacos (Recipe 33 of 98)

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I made these for dinner tonight and they were excellent. The beer batter was great and the chipotle tartar sauce could be eaten with a spoon. If you have a keen eye you will notice that is lettuce, not cabbage. Somehow my bag of angel hair shredded cabbage didn’t make it home with me fromRead More

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Salt Crusted Beets with Avocado, Lavender & Thyme (32 of 98)

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HELLO! We have a winner! I made this delicious salad today after putting it off for several days because it seemed so labor intensive, which it pretty much is. I have to admit to leaving out the culinary lavender. It just isn’t available locally this time of the year. I suspect I like the saladRead More

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Linguine w/Gorgonzola, Potatoes, Green Beans & Sage (31 of 98)

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  I wanted to like this dish. I really did. But it fell short on flavor and the combination of starches was just a little weird for me. It was easy to make but I think I would omit the potatoes if I made it again and maybe add a little cream to the sauce.Read More

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Squash Dinner Rolls (Recipe 30 of 98)

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I can’t say enough good things about these rolls. Oh my gosh, they are so good. I didn’t taste any squash, just moist, delicate, orangey rolls with crusty tops and bottoms and melt-in-your-mouth middles. I plan to make these for Thanksgiving and believe me, nobody messes with the dinner rolls at Thanksgiving. But this areRead More

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Spicy Avocado – Poblano Salad (Recipe 29 of 98)

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    I paired this salad with the enchilada recipe on the last post. It was a bit odd but I found I couldn’t stop eating it. In fact, I was pretty much too full for my enchiladas when I got done. Definately not man food. Here’s the reipe from Sunset magazine: Ingredients 4 medium poblanoRead More

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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (Recipe 28 of 98)

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  I love green chiles. Michael does not. I made this dish for dinner last night but omitted the green chile sauce on Michael’s portion. It was very good. I never knew what New Mexico green chiles were until I saw them in the grocery store. They had their own display out in the aisle and people were discussing them.Read More

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Golden Gate Grilled Turkey and Cheese (Recipe 27 of 98)

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    Just keepin’ it real here folks. I didn’t really care for this sandwich. The egg/milk dip made the bread too moist and I was looking for a good crunch when I bit into it. I don’t think the cilantro brought anything to the party either and the sandwich probably would have been betterRead More

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Grilled Eggplant with Tomato-Caper Vinaigrette (Recipe 26 of 98)

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This is a very easy dish to make. I thought is was ok while eating dinner. Before writing about it I decided to give it another try. It was at room temperature and I found myself enjoying it more after dinner. I ate the middles out of every slice! I especially like the crunch ofRead More

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