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Wild Boar Posole

Posted on 02. Nov, 2013 by in Family Dinners

Wild Boar Posole

  The overnight fusion of flavors makes this dish worth the wait. Typically I put the Posole together on a Friday night and serve the next night. I like to take out a portion before adding the meat for the vegetarians in my life. If Wild Boar is not in your world then go with […]

Black Bean Butternut Chile with Pesto

Posted on 21. Feb, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Black Bean Butternut Chile with Pesto

Not only do I love the flavors of this hearty chile I love the name.. black bean butternut, black bean butternut, black bean butternut. 2 large onions chopped (4 cups) 1 T chopped garlic 2 bay leaves 1 T ground cumin 1 T ground oregano 1 t chili powder 1/4 t cloves 1/8 t cayenne […]

Flame Seared Lobster Tail with Seasoned Butter in the shell

Posted on 21. Feb, 2012 by in Family Dinners, Quick Eats

Tis the season for tails!  Run to the seafood department if you don’t have a lobster fairy to deliver them to your door freshly caught. Tails lemon juice and zest from one lemon 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup of chopped parsley 1 head of chopped garlic Melt butter and add all the ingredients plus […]

Chanterelle Pasta

Posted on 29. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Chanterelle Pasta

Mountain Man has shown us how to find the gift of our forest, the chanterelle, by looking under old growth oak trees, in and around poisen oak patches and after winter rain falls. He has a keen eye that can detect a bump in the thick layer of fallen and decomposing oak leaves that signals […]

Paella with Pacific Spiny Lobster and Pasilla Peppers

Posted on 24. Jan, 2012 by in Family Dinners

Paella with Pacific Spiny Lobster and Pasilla Peppers

Paella is a traditional dish from Spain orginally known as a poor man’s lunch. Historically this dish of saffron flavored rice and vegetables was slow cooked in a flat pan over an open fire with whatever else that could be found anything from snails or rabbit to the scraps left in the fishing nets. Salty […]

Spinach and Basil Pesto Rigatoni with Yam Fries

Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Spinach and Basil Pesto Rigatoni with Yam Fries

    A baby hawk flew into the open chicken cage today. All the chickens were out roaming around the yard apparantly the hawk flew in for a drink of water. He opened up his wings to make himself look bigger and we got to see the beautiful underside. He hung around long enough for […]

Pork Stew

Posted on 12. Jan, 2012 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Pork Stew

Layers of flavors slow cooked and melded together deliver a deep sense of comfort. After a dinner like this you just smile and relax. I like to take this dish to pot luck gatherings accompanied by small dishes of toppings like avocado, sour cream or baked spicy garbanzo beans. 6 dry pasilla peppers 2 lbs […]

Wild caught salmon with olive tapenade and basil

Posted on 05. Jan, 2012 by in Family Dinners

Wild caught salmon with olive tapenade and basil

I love salmon and I am always looking for new ways to enjoy it.  The earthy saltiness of the olives combined with the richness of the salmon makes for a simple yet elegant dish. 4 pieces of center cut fillet skin off 1/4 cup black olive tapenade store bought or recipe follows 1/4 chopped fresh […]

Beef Bourgnignon with Chanterelles

Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 by in Comfort Food, Family Dinners

Beef Bourgnignon with Chanterelles

This classic dish is a family favorite and always a crowd pleaser.  I have added some fresh local chanterelles that I picked on my morning walk.  The old growth oak forest in southern california gives us its prize culinary gift with the fall harvest of these lovely mushrooms. Once you know how to spot and identify […]

Lamb Tagine

Posted on 22. Oct, 2011 by in Family Dinners

Lamb Tagine

All in a day’s passing is the day I had.. cooked, cleaned up, menu prepped, shopped and buried one bunny and two guinea pigs.  I came home to find two large dogs that I had not seen around before under and behind the hutch.  I picked up a few rocks to throw at them to […]