Years ago I volunteered as a cooking instructor at Olivewood Gardens in National City, teaching young kids how to cook. So, when I decided to write a story for the San Diego Union-Tribune's food section recently on teaching cooking to children, I turned to Olivewood Gardens for resources and the reasons why parents should encourage their kids to participate in preparing family meals. I got a lot of great tips--and recipes--which I've shared in this new piece, which was published on March 13, 2018.
This week my story on preparing curries from around the world was published by the San Diego Union-Tribune's food section. I got a chance to share the story of Bruce Jackson and Momoko Jackson of Pacific Beach's World Curry--and share three of Bruce's recipes: Bali Beef, Tikka Masala, and Mussaman. He also offered some insightful tips for getting the most flavor from the ingredients. All of this was captured by Eduardo Contreras' magnificent photos.
San Diego Foodstuff, the food blog I launched back in 2007, has been included in Feedspot's list of Top 50 San Diego Blogs and Websites. This comes after SDF was awarded Best of Show for website entries by the San Diego Press Club last October.
Feedspot explained that winners were ranked based on the following criteria:
- Google reputation and Google search ranking
- Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
- Quality and consistency of posts.
- Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
So, perhaps your business would like to join Specialty Produce in advertising on it to support my work...
Long before it was trendy, Isabel Cruz, of Isabel’s Cantina and Coffee Cup, was putting a healthy spin on Latin cuisine. Back in the 1990s, when she opened her first restaurant, The Mission, she put dishes on the menu she wanted to eat and would be healthful but that wouldn’t make her feel that she was depriving herself.
All these years later, she follows the same philosophy. “Our dishes have simple ingredients and are made from scratch,” she said. “They’re healthy and simplified and allow for restrictions, like gluten free, low-fat, and paleo.”
I met with Cruz just before New Year's to learn just how she does it--and came away impressed with the range of dishes she creates that are technicolor gorgeous--even in winter--and equally delicious. Albondigas--turkey meatballs--in a comforting veggie-filled broth. A brilliantly vibrant citrus salad. And pepita-crusted seabass with an orange coconut chili oil you'll want to have around for other dishes.
Read the story and get all five recipes in The San Diego Union-Tribune!
A holiday party doesn’t have to be a full spread of a meal. Make it easy on yourself — and your guests — and treat them to a cocktail party with elegant seasonal appetizers and drinks.
For my latest story for the San Diego Union-Tribune I spent some time at one of San Diego’s most elegant restaurants, Addison, with both executive chef William Bradley and mixologist Ian Ward. They created what can be the foundation and inspiration for your holiday cocktail party.
Ward presented two cocktails: his Pumpkin Lemonade, a striking orange rum-enhanced drink, and his Fleur de Noel, brilliantly red thanks to hibiscus tea, and popping with distinctly tropical flavors.
Bradley showed off “BLT” canapés, a pork lover’s dream of unsliced bacon (feel free to use pork belly for real extravagance and richness) wrapped in feuille de brick — ready-made thin pastry sheets — and sautéed until crisp, then topped with tomato confit and tiny lettuce leaves.
Bradley’s Caviar Tart is totally New Years — a pâte brisée tart filled with crème fraîche and thinly sliced chives, then topped, of course, with caviar.
Read the story and get all four recipes in The San Diego Union-Tribune!
Love crullers? Well, Nomad Donuts's Kristianna Zabala taught me how to make hers--three stunning varieties. Yes, you can do this at home! Read all about it here in my new story for The San Diego Union-Tribune.