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Fragrance and Flavor

Fragrance and Flavor

I can’t walk by a lavender bush without pulling off the flowers and rubbing them in my hands (just check for bees.) Lavender plays many rolls in the world including being the flower most used for cooking. There are many ways to use lavender in your cooking whether it is to crust a lamb chop,…

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Flower Power

Flower Power

I remember the sixties, my record player spinning “Groovin on a Sunday Afternoon”, drawing paisleys and writing balloon shaped names on my school Pee-Chee. I made big puffy paper flowers that hung on my wall right next to my “I do my thing, you do your thing” poster. Oh yeah, even back then I knew…

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My Avocado Alibi

My Avocado Alibi

When it comes to good “guac” I have absolutely no will power and a good green smear on morning toast just makes my day. This tempting fruit, yes fruit, is as smooth as silk and feels incredibly, indulgent. I used to “unsuccessfully” try to avoid eating avocados because I thought they were fattening and silly…

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CADO, CADO, CADO

CADO, CADO, CADO

The title of my blog this month is a nod to my youngest sons first word, CADO. Before he could muster up the name dad or mama he was screaming for more avocado. CADO! The avocado does not fall far from the tree because it is also one of my all-time favorites. As a chef…

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The Cure To Your Problems

The Cure To Your Problems

Preservation of food dates back to the beginning of man. It was a necessity for survival.  Now-a-days our curing process is used for flavor first and preservation last.  Most staples in our daily diet are preserved like cheese, bacon, pickles, and alcohol.  Fish takes well to a good cure especially salmon. My favorite ancient way…

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Get the Cure

Get the Cure

There is much we want to hold onto in life, like our health and fond memories with family and friends, but what about the savory foods of summer? Just like a great snapshot or a story told over and over again, there are ways we can preserve those precious delicacies. Let’s take salmon for instance,…

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The Growing Bitterness in America

The Growing Bitterness in America

There are 5 basic tastes when you eat or drink: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami.  In my travels I have seen different cultures gravitate towards certain flavors, the tartness of kimchi or sauerkraut lets you know that Germans and Koreans like their sour flavors. In China or Japan umami tastes reign with the use…

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