August 15th, 2012
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June 22nd, 2011
The joys of working from home! By far the best thing about working from my home office is lunchtime. I usually eat a good lunch whether in the office or working from home, but last night's leftovers will never compare to a freshly made meal. As always, the inspiration for this particular meal was the contents of my refrigerator. The only thing between you and delicious lunch is a bit of undressed leftover pasta, a few fresh vegetables and some staple pantry items. Even better yet, you're looking at no more than 5 minutes once vegetables are prepped, 15-20 if you do not have any cooked pasta on hand. Continue Reading »
June 4th, 2011
I have read through
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May 23rd, 2011
I am a sucker for fried chicken and can't seem to get enough of it. I grew up eating mom's karaage, a Japanese version of fried chicken that has been marinated in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. It was my absolute favorite
May 11th, 2011
It's been several years since my last fishing trip out in open water. Thanks to yet another deal on
Ceviche consists of raw ocean fish, and many times includes shellfish such as scallop, squid or octopus, marinated in a lime and lemon juice mixture. The fish is prepared without heat through chemical "cooking" using a citric acid-based mixture. The citric acid changes the proteins of the fish by a process of denaturation. This is the same process that causes cooked meat to become firm and boiled eggs to become hard. Ceviche is a favorite dish along the coastal America's and a fantastic alternative to sushi for those not a fan of eating raw fish. Most recipes call for at least three hours "cooking" time, but depending on the type of fish and freshness factor you can marinate for a quick 20 minutes or as long as 4 hours. The less time you marinate, the more delicate and fresh the flavor of your fish.
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April 25th, 2011
Everyone has a cookbook that they don't get enough use out of. Mine (or should I say, one of my many) is
April 17th, 2011
It is starting to feel like Summer in Southern California and that means grilling! This weekend we dusted off the Weber and made Umami Burgers, but no grilling session is complete with out a few good sides, especially potato salad. This is one of our faves!
Compared to it's German or American cousins, Japanese potato salad is much more mild in flavor, primarily due to the absence of acid. Most German or American potato salads use vinegar or lemon, adding an overall acidic undertone to the dish's flavor profile. The addition of minced boiled egg contributes to the Japanese potato salad's rich creamy texture and chopped vegetables add a subtle sweetness. Continue Reading »
May 16th, 2010
Growing your own strawberries is easy and rewarding. Fruits may be tiny compared to the chemical fed monsters you find at the grocery store but the taste of home-grown garden strawberries are undoubtedly thousand times better than the commercially produced. Do I dare say that they are better than the ones from the CSA. No, I don't think it's the mere pride -- it really is that good.
33 days of snowboarding; what an amazing winter it has been, we are so blessed. Sad to see it all melt away, but I am ready to welcome spring. To pick up life where we left off, there is so much to do. I remember that sweet scent of strawberries, it always brought a smile to my face.
December 25th, 2009
Many of you loyal readers who do not have direct contact with me probably have abandoned and written off WasabiBratwurst as another blogging failure. Well we are still here ticking, chopping, slicing, cooking and eating away but have neglected to share those pleasurable experiences with you. I will get in to why it's been difficult to make updates on the blog another day, but for now I want to share the pure joy of unadulterated duck fat while we partake in gluttony which we call the Holiday season. Continue Reading »
August 13th, 2009
Well almost. I am very excited to share with all you beer advocates, tonight I had the pleasure of witnessing the beta version of Tap Hunter iPhone app. For those of you not in the know,
Although the service has been only available in metro San Diego during beta testing, Tap Hunter is gearing up for their multi-market debut at the