Grilled Brined Shrimp with a Grilled Corn Salsa

Serves 6 Brine: 1/3 c. each kosher salt (or sea salt) and brown sugar 1 qt. water Marinade ¼ c. light olive oil 2 t. finely chopped garlic 1 T. chopped parsley ¼ t. red pepper flakes 2 T. dry white wine 1 ¼ lbs. large shrimp (16-20 count) or enough for 4 shrimp per […]

Grilled Tri-Tip Roast with Tequila Marinade and Cherry Tomato Relish

Cook’s Note:  I made this for Mark and Tony, Anthony and Barbara.  It was easy (the marinade takes a bit of chopping time though), and really delicious.  I changed proportions in the chiles and vinegar and oil in the relish though.  The original recipe calls for 1/8 c. of chiles, but I couldn’t really taste […]

Barbecued Tri-Tip with Caramelized Red Onions

Caramelized Red Onions 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 21/2 pounds red onions (about 4 medium), halved, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives Tri-Tip 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 […]

Roasted Squash Enchiladas with Ancho Chili Cream Sauce

Serves 4 to 6 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1” cubes 1 T. olive oil Salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 6 ancho chiles (dried), stemmed and seeded 1 c. vegie or chicken broth 3 T. butter 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 t. ground cumin […]

Chicken Stroganoff with Mushrooms, Sherry and Sage

4 t. Extra-virgin olive oil 1 8 oz package sliced cremini (baby Bella) mushrooms Kosher salt 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 T. finely chopped fresh sage Freshly ground black pepper 1 ¾ lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (5 or 6), trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch pieces (I use […]

Saigon Garlic-Lemongrass Wings

Great appetizer or light entree — terrific flavor! Be sure to let the wings marinate at least 4 hours — and 24 hours is even better! 12 whole chicken wings (2 ½ to 3 lbs) 4 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ c. chopped shallots 1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 2 stalks […]