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Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak

Octopus a la Plancha / Peter Michael Chardonnay

It all started when the President of my company, Steve, recommended the chef’s Michelin-starred and namesake restaurant Michael Mina when I was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. We went and enjoyed the tasting menu, which included the famous Ahi Tuna…

Fresh Heirloom Tomato Salsa & Mahi Mahi

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I spotted a box of beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes when I was shopping this weekend and couldn’t resist bringing them home with me. Just when I thought I couldn’t find anything more gorgeous than regular heirloom tomatoes… Having a mason…

Summertime Tri-tip Mediterranean Plate

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It’s summertime! = It’s tri-tip time! This is going to sound somewhat vain, but this is one of the best Mediterranean plates I’ve ever had in a long time. Garlic and sriracha marinated tri-tip roast with pita, hummus, and a light…

Spring Pea and Mint Frittata

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A frittata doesn’t have to be heavy with bacon and cheese. It can be fluffy with Greek yogurt and fresh with peas and mint leaves, like this one. So easy and so delicious for breakfast or as a side! PrintSpring…

Easy No-Boil Mac and Cheese

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No-boil mac and cheese is a very simple concept – cover the macaroni with enough sauce that it cooks itself while it’s baking. Isn’t that brilliant? It also makes the mac and cheese more flavorful and “baked” tasting. Give it…

100 Years of Jam Making in Sierra Madre

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My friend Nic told me about a jam maker in Sierra Madre, California, and we decided to go visit his orchard and jam factory. They give free tours every Saturday. For over 100 years, E. Waldo Ward & Son has been making marmalade,…