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Brussels Sprouts with Spanish Chorizo

Brussels sprouts roasted in the oven, with crispy outer leaves and silky interiors, are a favorite winter dish.  Typically we would add lardons of bacon for their richness, salt and smoky flavor but with a hunk of Spanish dry chorizo in the fridge it seemed like the time to try something new. The defining ingredient … Continue reading

Bouchon Bistro Beverly Hills, in Photos

We’re currently experiencing what passes for winter here in Southern California with temperatures dropping to near-freezing (gasp!) and rain on the way this weekend (sigh!).  Undoubtedly we are spoiled by the gorgeous weather that we enjoy nearly year-round but such climactic stability isn’t without its drawbacks, particularly for those of us who have spent considerable … Continue reading

DBGB Kitchen & Bar, in Photos

Our final New York dispatch comes from DBGB Kitchen & Bar where we celebrated arguably our best meal of the holidays.  All the dishes we sampled were delicious – with a few particular standouts – and the entire meal was artfully paired with beers selected by sommelier Kerry O’Brien (these will get a post of … Continue reading

Inspiration: Kitchen Arts & Letters

  While in New York City, we stopped by Kitchen Arts & Letters, a mecca for lovers of food, books and culinary learning.  The store is the go-to resource for leading chefs around the country, providing them with everything from the newest releases from both the U.S. and overseas to rare, out-of-print cookbooks capturing particular … Continue reading

ID Interview: Peter Struffenegger

Peter Struffenegger is a marine and fisheries biologist by training, but since 1986 he has dedicated himself to raising caviar’s living vessel: the sturgeon.  Today he is the general manager at Sterling Caviar, one of several California firms that have elevated domestic caviar, ensuring that the quintessential delicacy is available for generations to come.  Having … Continue reading


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