Drunken Fig Preserves v2We have Dexter to thank for these Drunken Fig Preserves.  Dexter is the neighborhood feline hunter.  Patient, sleek, and aloof, he has cleaned up the neighborhood so well that my neighbors now are able to harvest figs from their tree vs. the neighborhood critters [click to continue…]

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Green Beans Srimp Fritatta v1Summer green beans. Lots of beans – bush, Chinese long, string, French filet, pole.  When it’s hot, they and their garden friends – zucchini and cucumbers – race to see who can grow the most by the hour.

Green Beans and Shrimp with Eggs, [click to continue…]

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Summer Coffee Cake v1

You can’t resist them. They are in their prime for just a short time once a year.  Plump sweet blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries.  One of each, please, and throw in basket of those beautiful red strawberries. [click to continue…]

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omato Beef Chow Mein v2I admit it, I miss old school Chinese-American restaurant food.  And some of you probably do, too.   Fried rice, chow mein, sweet and sour.  And Tomato Beef is part of that long-standing culture – over rice, tossed with pan-fried noodles, with or without curry.

Nowadays, egg flower soup seems wimpy next to Hot and Sour Soup.  What happened to ginger beef?  [click to continue…]

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Pan Fried Noodles v1Bird nests, pan-fried noodles, Hong Kong style, crisp or soft noodles – what does this all mean in Chinese cooking?

Let’s go down the list. [click to continue…]

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Chinese Deli Honey Glazed Ribs v2You’ve probably seen these glossy roasted ribs hanging in Chinese delicatessens next to long pieces of char sui, plump soy sauce chickens and dark mahogany roast ducks.  These Honey-Glazed Pork Ribs look a little more “natural” … oh, but the ribs tastes just as good as the ones sold in delis and restaurants.  This is Mom’s family rib recipe, made with just a few common ingredients.   [click to continue…]

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