A Ciao Mein Confession

I don’t eat at fast food restaurants very often at all — an occasional hamburger at In n Out, and in the summer, I’ll swing by Wendy’s once in a great while for a chocolate frosty.  BUT (here’s the confession part) I do find myself at Panda Express once a month for some ciao mein. […]

Mozza Salad: I could eat this EVERY night!

My most favorite salad in the world with the most badassical garbanzo beans I have ever had, and that says it all considering I used to gag on garbanzo beans.  SERIOUSLY! DO NOT MAKE THIS SALAD UNLESS YOU MAKE THESE GARBANZO BEANS. Okay.  OKAY!  Make the  #*!&$ salad and open a can of beans, but […]

Szechuan Green Beans

So delish!  I make these for dinner once a week (I know — boring!). 4 servings 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon dry sherry 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon corn starch 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 pound green […]

Polenta Baked with Corn, Tomatoes and Basil.

I’ve been a cooking maniac the last two weeks.  My tastebuds are back after chemo, and I’m so happy!  I’m feeling so much better — back to normal! Susan made a fantastic dinner for Mom and me a couple of weeks ago before a concert at Davies.  This is a great summer meal because of […]

Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa

My new favorite tacos with a killer salsa! Serves 6 For the salsa: 1 medium English cucumber, seeded and diced (about 2 cups) 2 medium firm-ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced 1/2 red onion, diced Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup) Salt to taste 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and […]

Roasted Butternut Squash with Fresh Thyme, Crispy Pancetta and Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese

1 large butternut squash 4 ozs. unsalted butter 2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp cracked black pepper 8 ozs. Pancetta, sliced thin 2 T fresh thyme leaves ½ cup crumbled Pt Reyes Bleu Cheese Peel squash and cut into one inch cubes. Melt butter and tossed squash with it and salt and pepper. Bake in […]

Summer Pasta with Tomatoes, Parsley and Garlic

This perfect taste of summer is ready in the time it takes to cook pasta al dente. I would like to say that you should ONLY make this when summer tomatoes are ripe, but the reality is that I’ve made this with Trader Joe’s little tomatoes quite a few times in the winter when I’m […]

Mark and Tony’s Peach Jalapeno Martinis

4 oz peach vodka 2 oz white cranberry juice 1 oz Triple Sec Juice of one lime 1 tsp. sugar Add ice to shaker and two slices of jalapeno (take out the seeds). Muddle the ice and jalapeno a bit – not too much as it will make it too hot. Add in the ingredients […]

Orzo with Everything

My favorite summer salad! When going to a “get together” my favorite thing to bring is Orzo with Everything! Simple to make, I love the different textures it provides! It’s surprising to take a bite into the pasta and crunch a pine nut! Yummy!     1 1/2 cups orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 10 ounces) […]

Mike’s Favorite: Pasta with Sausage and Chicken

3 tablespoons olive oil 2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 pount hot Italian sausages, casings removed 2 cups chopped onions 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchstick-size strips 1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice 1 1/4 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt […]