GRILLED SALMON OVER FRIED RICE

Grilled salmon fillet on a bed of rice with spinach and chopped green onions, served in a red bowl.

I hate wasting food, so when I found some leftover rice, a half package of spinach and some other bits and pieces in the fridge, I knew I had the makings of a quick fried rice. I topped it with some grilled salmon and I had dinner on the table in less than thirty minutes.…

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CHEESY MASHED POTATOES

A bowl of creamy mashed potatoes garnished with herbs, served on a wooden table with garlic and parsley nearby.

This recipe had me at “cheesy.” I’ve never been a big mashed potatoes fan until I had them with cheese. Although decadent, it’s worth the splurge once in awhile. I love to serve these as a side for steak or roast dishes. It’s also great to use the leftovers—if there are any—on top of a…

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MUSHROOM BARLEY SOUP

A bowl of mushroom soup garnished with herbs, surrounded by slices of brown bread and fresh mushrooms on a textured surface.

We’re deep into soup season now, so I’m always looking for variations on a theme. Every week I make a big batch of bone broth and I’m always trying different ways to use it. My husband is a big barley and mushroom fan, so this one is for him. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS (serves 6-8) 1 cup…

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GARLIC BREAD

Slices of garlic bread with herbs, butter, garlic cloves, and hazelnuts on a textured surface.

Whenever I need a quick side dish that everyone loves, I default to garlic bread. It’s great with steak or pasta dishes. I’ve also used it as the base for a really decadent sandwich. Rather than melting butter, I like to infuse olive oil with minced garlic. I strain the oil before using to avoid…

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DRAGON FRUITINI

A dragon fruit cocktail garnished with a dragon fruit slice, surrounded by dragon fruits and alcohol bottles on a marble counter.

The dragon fruit is an odd, yet fascinating fruit. At first glance, it’s a bit scary looking with its spikes jutting out of it’s skin as if it’s a holdout from prehistoric times. Once cut open, its beautiful white flesh dotted with tiny black seeds is a surprising juxtaposition against its redish-pink exterior. It’s a…

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CHOCOLATE WALNUT CAKE

A piece of chocolate cake on a plate.

I had the most delicious chocolate walnut cake in of all places, Penang Malaysia. I’m not a huge chocolate cake fan, but this one was fudgy, chocolatey and very moist. I’ve tried a million recipes to try to recreate it and finally found one that comes very close. I can’t take any credit for it…

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G’s POTATO CHIP FISH KEBABS

Bacon skewers with rice and peppers on a plate.

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie—circa 1968. My childhood and dear friend Janis had the most beloved father on the block. He was a man way ahead of his time. I remember spending countless hours at their house as he introduced us to everything from Fred and Ginger dancing in Top Hat to Mahler’s Symphony…

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CHOCOLATE ORANGE RASPBERRY CAKE

A chocolate orange raspberry cake on a plate.

As many of you know, I’m not the baker in the family. My husband is the one that toils away with the flour and sugar…and chocolate, of course. This is his latest triumph. The cake is moist and the orange and raspberry give it a great zesty flavor. I’m not a huge chocolate cake fan,…

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I LONG TO LIVE IN A NANCY MEYERS MOVIE

A group of movies on a table.

Heading toward the jagged coastline, a mourning dove flies over the terracotta roof tiles that cover the elegant Spanish Colonial homes of Santa Barbara. To the east, the Santa Ynez Mountains rise dramatically from the town, offering majestic vistas of a crisp clear blue sky kissing the aquamarine waters of the Pacific Ocean. Seductive Brazilian…

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CHAR SIU SLICED PORK CHOP

A red plate with meat and rice on it.

I have been known to walk miles in search of good Char Siu (Chinese Roast Pork). Its sweet and sticky sauce is about as naughty as any food should be, but of course, that’s what makes it so irresistible. My friend Grace introduced me to a great place down in NY’s Chinatown (Big Wong) where…

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