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Grilled Reuben(ish) Sandwich

I love cooking and eating outside…  OKAY, okay… and drinking.  It feels like an adventure or mini vacation, whether we take the  portable Weber with us or pack a picnic.  Just being somewhere new with a different view is fantastic.  It’s stimulating for the mind and good for the soul (for both man and dog).  […]

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It’s Makena’s Birthday (can’t believe she made it to 6)

God bless my dog and her computer skills.  She threw this video together all by herself.  It took her a couple of days, but you have to cut her some slack; her paws are pretty big and she usually ends up hitting four keys at once.  It also took me a full day to talk […]

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Cheese, Chives, Bacon and Buttermilk Biscuits

When I was a young man in my early twenties, my roommate and I would bake scones (from a box) and set ourselves up in the living room on Saturday mornings with some jams and jellies and tea and watch Bugs Bunny.  It was a simpler time.  As a child I loved everything Bugs, but […]

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Grilled Sea Bass With Fresh Herbs & Wrapped In Bacon

I am fortunate to have a lot of friends who love to cook and create.  What’s interesting is that most of them are dudes and they all do the majority of the cooking for their wives and families.  They also each have their own specialties or at least what I would call their signature dishes. […]

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Vashon Island

…COMPLETES THE TRIFECTA – FOOD, WINE AND DOGS. Usually we like to get away the weekend after Labour Day. The weather is still nice. The summer crowds have dissipated. Up to this point, Whistler has been the destination of choice. This year we threw a change-up and decided to visit a friend who lives on […]

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Grilled Sea Scallops on Forest Mushroom Risotto

Grilled Sea Scallops on Forest Mushroom Risotto is classic combo. Kind of like Wieners and Kraft Dinner, only more gourmet, savoury, delicious, tastier, better for you, more …  Okay it’s nothing like KD & Wiens except that it’s a combo. Scallops are easy and quick to cook.  I just toss them in a little olive oil […]

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Wine of The Night – Masi Grandarella 2004

My friend Andy turned me on to Amarone wines when he took me out for dinner to a great Italian restaurant in Yaletown called Amarcord.  We had the Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico.  Wow, what a beautiful, full bodied, smooth red.  But at $59.98, I’m not cracking a new bottle seven nights a week so I […]

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Goat Cheese and Pancetta Quesadillas

A little bit of pancetta adds a lot of flavor to a recipe. You can lay it over your roast turkey or baked chicken breast.  If you’re barbequing beef tenderloin (filet mignon) sit it on top of your steak instead of wrapping it in traditional bacon.  I fry pancetta in olive oil before browning a […]

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French Toast

Sunday morning quickie – French toast is easy and almost foolproof. Add crispy bacon and you’ll be saying “What Hangover?” The French bread is better if it’s a day old. If T has made her Caesar Salad the night before, it’s the perfect way to use up the rest of the loaf we had for the […]

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Wine Braised Beef with Tripolina Lunga

YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS! This is definitely one of my signature dishes.  As I mentioned in my first posting, this recipe is a perfect example of my obsession and love of food and cooking. Inspiration: It started with braised short ribs at Cioppino’s, then a Wolfgang Puck recipe, and over to a  Giada de Laurentiis […]

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