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Oven Roasted Game Hens with Pan Gravy and Wild Rice and Mushroom Dressing

There are dishes that seem to follow the ebb and flow of popularity as time goes by.  One such dish is the humble Cornish game hen.  I remember the 60’s well… a time when ordering a game hen at a fine restaurant was rather a posh thing to do, especially because of the wonderful presentation.  […]

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Indian Style Pates with Spicy Tomato Chutney

 Indian Style Poultry Pâté with Spicy Tomato Chutney Veal and Pork Pâté with Spicy Tomato Chutney   What is pâté?  What generally comes to mind when people first think of pâté is expensive duck liver or chopped liver.  Both are indeed correct but pâté is not limited to poultry.  Pâté is simply a mixture of […]

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Oven Roasted Balsamic Rosemary Chicken with Pancetta

Balsamic vinegar holds a place of high regard in our kitchen and is a condiment that has been associated with a myriad of superstitions, legends and politics.  In Medieval times balsamic vinegar was valued for its healing properties.  The name is a derivation of the word balm which in turn is derived from balsamum, a […]

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Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad with Crisp Garden Vegetables

Summer is drawing to a close with its unofficial end slated for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.  The good news, however, is that barbeques by the thousands will be fired up in backyards all across the country from East to West and North to South.  Everywhere the air will be filled with the enticing aromas […]

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Chicken Marsala

Marsala is Italy’s most famous fortified wine.  It owes much of its rich smoky flavor to the oxidation which takes place during the aging process.  There are several styles of Marsala, namely dry (secco), semisweet (semisecco) and sweet (dolce), as well as a number of quality levels, including Fine, Superiore, Superiore Riserva, Vergine and Vergine […]

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Chinese Chicken Salad

Last night’s dinner was defined by leftovers tucked away in the recesses of the fridge.  A recent meal of Rotisserie Lemon-Garlic Chicken was the inspiration for a quick and easy Chinese chicken salad.  A quick perusal of the pantry confirmed that most of the necessary ingredients were at hand… a jar of Lee Kum Kee hoisin sauce, a […]

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Lemon and Garlic Rotisserie Chicken

Our farming community had a lovely and expansive hillside park situated in the southeast corner of town that was resplendent with lush shade trees that provided a verdant canopy for all social events that were enjoyed there during the spring and summer months.  On top of a hill just south of the park stood the stately two story white wooden […]

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Yucatan Style Arroz con Pollo

During my years of professional business travel I have been fortunate  to dine in many venues all around the globe.  How much better could it get for someone who loves great food than being required to travel to exotic international destinations as well as the great metropolitan cities of our country, spanning East to West and North to […]

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Tarragon Chicken with Crimini Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts

Our garden has changed personalities many times in the 20 plus years we have lived in our home in this San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.  The previous owners did not have a green thumb by any means so the back and side yards of the property were nothing but  miserable compilations of dying grass, some […]

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