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Pasadena, Parrots and Halibut at Home

22 Feb

This past Saturday, my friend Heather, her two cherubs and I jumped into her car for a trip up to Pasadena and the Norton-Simon museum. I had not been there since I was about her oldest’s age, about 9, and have wanted to return ever since.

Pasadena is certainly not just up the road from South Orange County, but it didn’t take us too long to get there, and with only one “Are we there yet?” from the back seat. Pretty nice going, if you ask me. I left them at the entrance waiting to be collected for the craft event and swung into the main gallery. I asked one of the staff if it was true—could I really take photos? He said yes, but no flash ever. That I could handle. Continue reading


Summer in January? A Light Dinner of Halibut and Shiitake Broth

1 Feb

Delicious, light meal with that lovely shiitake flavor.

We’ve been getting the Sunset Wine Club selections for probably close to a year. It’s a great wine club—I don’t think that we’ve not liked any of the wines, plus they send recipes to do wine pairings with. And everyone knows how much I love a Sunset magazine recipe! (Okay, if you’re new to this blog or don’t know me, Sunset magazine is my absolutely favorite magazine ever. EVER.)

But have we actually made any of these recipes to pair with the wine? No. Not a one. Until recently, that is, when The Husband decide we should go for it. And, since the fish boycott seems to have been lifted (mainly because he’s not going to the acupuncturist anymore who started the ban), we were excited to try the fish recipe that paired with a Pinot Noir.

WHAT?! I know! Red wine with fish? Have those nutty Northern California magazine people lost their minds? Continue reading

Miso Happy!

27 Jul

Salmon in the summer...delish.

We loves us some salmon. And by “us” I mean The Husband, The Dog and myself. The cat, strangely, only likes the cheapest cat food on the planet, which is a blessing, I guess. The Dog gets the salmon skin after it’s cooked, and her coat is very shiny as a result. She’s also a very good girl when she smells the salmon come home!

We get our salmon every Saturday morning from the Halaby’s stall at our farmer’s market. We often get halibut, tuna, swordfish, Mexican sea bass and shrimp too, but salmon is a given. And it’s gorgeous—The Husband will only eat this salmon. Doesn’t matter if the greatest restaurant in the world offered it, he’d turn it down. Did I mention he was picky? (That said, he did like the salmon last night at our friend Ryan’s house–outstanding meal!–but it was in a salad.)

So I decided to bathe it in our favorite grilling marinade of late: miso, garlic and chives in either butter or oil. I adapted this from a Sunset Magazine recipe (possibly the best magazine ever published in the history of magazines, up there with The New Yorker), where they were using it as a melting topper on grilled steaks. The Husband decided we didn’t need it for the steak (after I made it, natch), but I decided to marinate the shrimp in it for the grill. Continue reading