Terry’s Treats

Due to overwhelming popular demand, Terry is now baking cookies for you! She makes delicious wheat-free and non-dairy almond macaroons in a variety of flavors: Citrus, Citrus Raspberry Center, Chocolate Dipped, Citrus Cardamom, Chocolate Bomb and Spicy Chile Chocolate Bomb. We can’t officially call them gluten-free or dairy-free for now, because she bakes them in a kitchen that…

Jalepeños en Escabeche (Pickled)

These are those delicious pickled jalepeños and carrots you get at many good Mexican restaurants.  Jalepeños vary in spiciness from very mild to pretty darn hot. It is difficult to tell just by looking at them, but if you want to know what you are getting yourself in for, slice a tiny bit off the…

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Here’s a cute video that shows how to brew the perfect cup of “pour over” coffee. We have been making coffee this way for decades, and can’t imagine any other way. We don’t weigh the water or the coffee, but measure out two tablespoons or one coffee industry standard scoop of coffee beans, and six…

Curried Chicken Salad

  What to do with left-over chicken. One of the eternal questions. Perhaps the simplest is to make chicken salad. This is a lovely entrée salad that dresses up that left-over chicken whether roasted, barbecued or boiled. The preparation is so simple, we don’t really need any photos. Just mix the ingredients and spoon over…

A Glimpse into Hot Eddie’s Fridge

I have scaled back, somewhat, my collection of hot sauces in recent years. Here is a snapshot of my ‘salsa shelf’. “Why so many?” you might ask. Well, different flavors for different cuisines. In the back is a bottle of Crystal hot sauce for gumbo, Jambalaya and other Cajun/Creole dishes, and hiding back there is…

Lisa’s Salsa Arbol

If you look, you can find amazing recipes in the most unexpected places. I wrote about how we came to make Manny’s Uncanny Salsa, and here is another one. We were visiting our new chiropractor in Oxnard this week, and chatting with the woman who keeps the office together, Lisa. Somehow, the conversation got around…

The New Empress Pavilion – Meh

Dim Sum. Delectable little morsels of steamed, fried, and baked goodness. Dim Sum started as a custom in Chinese tea houses and has spread around the world. Now usually served for lunch or brunch, it can be as much of an experience as a meal. There are a variety of styles and regional specialities available at hundreds of…