• New Year’s Eve 2011

    New Year’s Eve 2011

    2011.  It’s hard to grasp. I remember as a little kid figuring how old I was going to be in the year 2000.  Not just old.  Ancient.  I couldn’t quite fathom being almost as old as my grandparents. And here it is, 11 years after that. I do know that […]

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  • Chicken and Cranberries

    Chicken and Cranberries

    While shopping yesterday I picked up a bag of fresh cranberries.  It seems a bit late in the season for cranberries to still be so plentiful.  I don’t know if I just haven’t been paying attention or I’m noticing them more because everything else is looking so bad.  Weather in […]

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  • Ham Steaks and Potatoes

    Ham Steaks and Potatoes

    Early in my hotel career, I worked with an Executive Chef named Peter Koenig at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe.  Peter initially hired me as a cook at the gourmet restaurant Hugos Rotisserie on the lake, and then brought me up to the main hotel restaurant.   Peter was an exacting and […]

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  • Filet Mignon Roast with Sauce Béarnaise

    Filet Mignon Roast with Sauce Béarnaise

    Ah…  the joys of Gift Cards… Victor’s mom got us a gift card for Christmas so I thought I would exchange it for a ridiculously-expensive piece of meat.  A seasoned filet mignon roast.  I mean…  why not?!?  I think the whole concept of gift cards is to buy something you […]

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  • Monday Monday

    Monday Monday

    The Blizzard of 2010 kept me indoors today.  Not that we had a blizzard at our house.  Maybe 6″ of snow.  Maybe. But it was enough to keep me from wanting to go out and deal with all the morons who like to drive like it’s mid-July.  We could have […]

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  • Beef ‘n Biscuits

    Beef ‘n Biscuits

    It’s still snowing outside.  I don’t quite see the 8″-12″ they’re predicting, though.  Right now it looks like a bit of a bust at our house.  Bummer.  But it’s put me in winter cooking mode nonetheless. Tonight was Beef ‘n Biscuits. A simple beef stew with a biscuit topping. There’s […]

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