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8 06, 2014

Maggie’s Blue Rose—Mexican Restaurant on Catalina Island

2023-01-16T17:27:23+00:00Featured, Restaurants & Travel|

Sometimes we just need to get away, don't you?  This was one of those weeks, so for us that meant we were counting the hours until we could take off for a weekend on Catalina Island off the coast of California.  If you haven't been there, Catalina Island is a small island about 26 miles ...[ get the full recipe ]

17 05, 2014

Traditional Flan Recipe


Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup half-and-half 3/4 cup whipping cream (regular whipping cream, not heavy whipping cream) 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 3 eggs 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon vanilla extract pinch of salt Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a 9-inch round ...[ get the full recipe ]

11 05, 2014

Flan Mini-Blog Party—The Results Are In!

2023-01-23T18:55:18+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Tasting Parties|

J and I decided to have a last-minute mini-blog party over Cinco de Mayo weekend.  We invited a few friends over and asked them to bring a side dish or drink for our "Summer is Here" Cookout.  As you can see, our friends showed up with amazing summer salads, along with drinks. We started ...[ get the full recipe ]

28 04, 2014

Texas Traditions Are Fading

2023-01-16T17:27:24+00:00Restaurants & Travel|

J and I are back in Texas for a visit to the University of Texas at Austin.  We were invited to a reunion because UT is about to tear down the ENS engineering building where we met and studied for so many days and nights in college.  It was old and not so attractive (the hallway walls ...[ get the full recipe ]

27 04, 2014

Turning Leftover into Fast Lettuce Wraps

2023-01-15T21:40:11+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

Tacos are often my go-to solution when I need a quick lunch or dinner.  But the other day I had some butter lettuce on hand and decided why not make quick lettuce wraps instead of traditional tacos. I quickly sliced a sweet onion, which is my favorite type of onion because they are delicious and ...[ get the full recipe ]

27 04, 2014

Making and Devouring Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Kisses

2023-03-02T18:02:56+00:00Cooking Blog|

When a cooking experiment starts out with unwrapping 40-50 pieces of chocolate candy, how can you go wrong! But you ask, "where did the idea for this experiment come from?"  You won't believe it, but it started out with me trying to count calories ...  You see, we had five house guests coming for ...[ get the full recipe ]

27 04, 2014

Chocolate Kiss Coconut Macaroons (Recipe)


Adapted from a Hershey's Kitchen recipe Servings:  40-48 cookies Ingredients 1/3 cup butter (room temperature) 8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)  (note:  Hershey's only used 3 oz., but more cream cheese adds a tangy twist and makes for an incredibly tender cookie/candy texture) 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tsp. vanilla extract (note: the original recipe ...[ get the full recipe ]

11 04, 2014

Baked Hash Browns with Cheese and Peppers (Recipe)


Ingredients 6 tablespoons butter 1 roasted Anaheim chile, peeled and diced 1-2 serrano chiles, finely diced (depending on how spicy you want it!) 1/3 green pepper, diced 1/3 red pepper, diced 1/3 yellow pepper, diced 1/2 onion, chopped 1 lb. 14 ounces frozen shredded, hash brown potatoes (1 bag) Salt and ground pepper 8 ...[ get the full recipe ]

2 03, 2014

Cajun-Spiced Grouper with Polenta

2023-01-15T21:30:43+00:00Cooking Blog|

My favorite local seafood market (Catalina Offshore Products, in San Diego) sells fantastic fresh local fish as well as fish that they have flown in from other places around the globe.  You may remember that I wrote about this place back when we had the Ceviche Blog Party.  They have a mostly wholesale business selling to the restaurants ...[ get the full recipe ]

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