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4 Cheese Baked Pasta with Mushrooms

One of the Saturday morning rituals at our house is to watch the mélange of cooking shows on our local public television channel, KQED.  Many times we are inspired to take dishes that are prepared on the show, dissect the ingredients and give a critical personal analysis of the cooking techniques used in their preparation… and […]

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Oven Roasted Artichokes with Caramelized Garlic Aioli

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are fortunate to be living not far from Castroville, the self-proclaimed Artichoke Capital of the World.  Nearly 100% of the artichokes cultivated in the United States are here in California, with 80% of that number being grown in Monterey County.  Who would have ever imagined that a perennial […]

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Roasted and Caramelized Garlic

  The kitchen has always been a place of inspiration for me, even as a child growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota.  I remember well my hours of captive fascination  as I would sit watching my mom mix and knead the yeast dough to fill as many as ten loaf pans at a time, several times […]

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