Archive | June, 2012

Woohoo-Santa Barbara!

29 Jun

20120629-162217.jpgHit Santa Barbara today for a well-deserved vacation. As always, we get off on Cabrillo Blvd. and head straight to Brophy Bros for a few beers, some awesome seafood and a few Patron shots, plus connecting with the locals, like Cappy. Continue reading

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The Father, The Husband and the Holy Carnitas

24 Jun

The finished product. Mmmm….pork.

It’s no secret: The Husband is a huge fan of pork. He seriously can’t get enough, and will eat it any chance he gets.

We used to drive three cities away to San Clemente to get carnitas at La Siesta. Their carnitas are seriously good, and the restaurant itself is quite cool. No outside seating, but inside it’s like a Baja beach shack with margaritas. We fell a little out of love with it when Carmen, our favorite waitress—seriously, she was the best waitress in the world—was fired because the other girls were jealous that every customer wanted to sit in her section if she was working. Continue reading

Egg and Cheese Baked Fondue

10 Jun

First of all, don’t ask me why this is called a “fondue”. It’s got cheese and bread in it, so I guess that’s why, but I don’t really think it qualifies. But either way, it’s darn delicious.

I’ve modified a recipe from my childhood, one that was a favorite of mine. Although I now make it any time of year I feel like it, it’s a dish that conjures up memories of Christmas morning and my mother. Continue reading

Food on a Stick: Kofte

2 Jun

I love to break up the meat and stuff it in the pita with some of the salad. Find your own favorite way to eat the kofte!

Luckily I didn’t try this recipe last night, especially with the long metal pointy sticks I was using. Even though I managed to cook dinner for four last night after three martinis (many thanks to The Husband’s grilling wizardry), it was bison burgers and we’ve made those several times before. I’m not sure if successfully cooking while intoxicated is really a skill I should shout about on my blog, but it’s a fact of life. So there.

The night before I used the pointy sticks, and there were no injuries to report. These minced-meat-on-a-stick idea came from me wandering around Whole Foods with no clue for dinner. I was not feeling overly creative, and we’d already had chicken twice that week. The Husband doesn’t like lamb too often, I can only eat bison (not beef, as they seem to lie about the “grass fed” part and it kills my stomach), and now we’ve been hearing about radioactive fish I figured he’d not like me bringing home fish either. So, how can I get something on the grill for dinner, I thought? Continue reading