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Chile-Brined Fresh Whole Ham

Chile-Brined Fresh Whole Ham

Last November when I was trying to make a decision about the turkey we’d prepare for Thanksgiving, quite by accident, I saw a news segment about a local turkey farmer.  In San Diego?  I immediately researched to find that yes, we really did have someone […]

Fresh Roasted Pepper and Olive Bruschetta

Fresh Roasted Pepper and Olive Bruschetta

There are some flavor combinations I never tire of regardless of what time of the year it is.  The classic flavors of basil and tomato with a sprinkle of minced red onion, squirt of lemon, and drizzle of fruity extra virgin olive oil will always […]

Easy Duck Confit

Easy Duck Confit

There was a time when the idea of eating duck wasn’t something I was interested in.  It’s not that I  was avoiding it.  To some extent, duck hadn’t been a part of my life, excluding the mallards allowed to quack freely around a neighbor’s yard […]

Tamales with Pibil-Style Pork and Guajillo Sauce

Tamales with Pibil-Style Pork and Guajillo Sauce

Have you ever made tamales?  No, not tamale pie.  My mother used to make that and as much as I enjoyed her cooking, tamale pie would not have been one of my favorites.  From what I can remember, it was noticeably sweet, and comprised of […]

Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes with Cheese Grits

Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes with Cheese Grits

Mark Twain is believed to have said that the coldest winter he “ever saw” was the summer he spent in San Francisco.   Having been to San Francisco many, many times in my life, and a city I’d happily relocate to if given the opportunity, […]