Crab Cakes

I love crab cakes. I order them whenever I see them on the menu. Crab is probably my favorite seafood and, really, what can’t be improved by frying? It is a delicate flavor that can be just as easily enhanced or disguised. I have had amazing crab cakes and I have had crab cakes that […] Read more…

Larry

This was written on Tuesday afternoon, August 30th, 2011.  I sometimes write just to write, just for myself.  After a few days of thinking about Larry I decided to share what I knew of him and how he touched my life. — I’m sitting in my living room having just gotten off the phone with […] Read more…

Watermarc

Like most restaurants in Laguna Beach, Watermarc is classy, trendy, and tiny. I wondered upon entering the establishment if they would in fact be able to accommodate my party of eight. We had an 8:30 reservation on a Friday night, and when we walked in there appeared not to be one empty seat in the house. They in fact […] Read more…

Happy Father’s Day

My dad lives 2000 miles away from me now, but there is still so much of him right here with me everyday. Of his four children, I am the only girl. A fact I love. My dad is very creative. He can draw, paint, write jokes, teach himself to play instruments, and do magic. My […] Read more…

Pan-Seared Scallops

A perfectly cooked scallop is a wonderful thing. Just crispy on each end, cuts like butter and melts in your mouth. A perfectly cooked scallop is hard to come by, even in upscale restaurants. I have had them in many restaurants, as a main course, on top of salad, mixed in with pasta, even grilled. […] Read more…

Happy Mother’s Day

My mom was my first culinary instructor. I grew up baking and cooking alongside her. I’ve written about that on here before. I still make her lasagna, pot pie, and one-skillet chicken dinner. Her chocolate chip cookie recipe is a very famous, back-of-the-package one, but people never believe that when they taste the cookies. People constantly […] Read more…

Margarita

Did you know that the translation from Spanish to English of “margarita” is “daisy”? Well it is. So I thought doing a margarita post for Cinco de Mayo was a good idea. I can see it now. My Spanish station cooking show would be “Margarita en Casa”. I would drink a margarita on every show […] Read more…

Braised Rabbit Leg

As I have said before, I am currently in culinary school and it is taking up much of my time. This term is focusing on meats, which so far has been very interesting. We have made all the basics: chicken breast, stuffed chicken leg, pork chops, veal, the largest prime rib-eye I have ever seen, […] Read more…

Simple Spaghetti Sauce

Culinary school takes up more of my time than I anticipated. It’s good, though. I’m staying busy, re-learning time-management, feeling accomplished daily, and thoroughly enjoying school. It can be frustrating at times, and sometimes overwhelming, but more often than not I love it. I am learning a new “language”: kitchen lingo, which consists of loud voices and directions. Brushing up […] Read more…

Double Chocolate Brownies

When it rains, it pours. (Except in Southern California; it doesn’t really rain here. :p) Well, Happy New Year! Welcome to my first (quite delayed) post of 2011. Life has definitely gotten ahold of me recently and I have neglected my poor blog and lovely readers. You know how they say, “When it rains, it […] Read more…

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