Beer, Burgers and Beverly Buddies
Memories fade and so it is important to make some new ones every twenty-four years or so.  Appropriately, then, Adam, Marlo and I organized a Class of ’88 “Beverly” Party today at Adam’s Hermosa Beach home.  The party could only be described as rad — owing in no small part, for sure,... 

Avocado Run

// Jul 5th, 2012
Avocado Run
We needed avocados. And lemons. We were going to throw a wild party and, you know, avocados and lemons are key. So Lou and Adam made a run up to Santa Barbara to raid the ranch.  We made a quick stop at the beach to take in some scenery.  And, while Pablo and the guys loaded up the car, we took the quads up... 

Independence Day 2012

// Jul 4th, 2012
Independence Day 2012
We celebrated the Fourth of July with Adam and James for what is likely, and sadly, to be the last time at the Hermosa Beach House. Adam, Sonja and the gang are selling the house and moving to Austria. Fortunately, there is still a bit of time left to add to all the good memories. We spent the day walking on the... 
South Carolina Pulled Beef Sandwiches with Mustard BBQ Sauce
We made these sandwiches as part of our Independence Day festivities. The beef is low and slow roasted and served with a tangy mustard sauce. We used chuck roast but brisket is an excellent choice as well. Actually, any cut of beef works nicely for shredded beef. To serve, spread barbecue sauce on bottom of a... 
Chilled Mixed Summer Squashes and Basil Soup
Summer always brings an abundance of summer squashes and fresh basil, this weekend’s farmer’s market illustrating the point rather well.  Chilled summer soups are a refreshing change for guests who have yet to discover how dramatically temperature changes flavor. For instance, I served some to our... 

Brandade de Morue

// Jul 2nd, 2012
Brandade de Morue
It has many different names that you might recognize. In France it is known as morue, in Italy baccalà, in Portugal bacalhau, and in Greece βακαλάος. Whatever the name, salt cod has been the preserved fish of choice for both landlocked and coastal Europeans since the 16th century, where it made its way... 
Lil' Man's A-B-C's
The Lil’ Man is learning his A-B-C’s… sorta… won’t you sing along with him?  Read More →

Grilled Baby Octopus

// Jun 27th, 2012
Grilled Baby Octopus
Baby octopus is a controversial dish for us.  It took a long time for Laura to accept that baby octopus is — usually, at least — a small species of octopus indigenous to Southeast Asia and not newborn cephalopods. Unsurprisingly, that has not solved for her texture issues and so the controversy is... 

Peruvian Aji Sauce

// Jun 27th, 2012
Peruvian Aji Sauce
As far as salsa verde goes, Chimichurri is our go to sauce.  But Peruvian aji is a formidable runner up. A spicy South American sauce, aji complements almost any dish in which plain hot sauce might be used. It’s bright green color and fresh piquancy pair nicely with a crusty baguette or any meat. Frequently,... 

Lil’ Man Fixes It

// Jun 26th, 2012
Lil' Man Fixes It
There is no end dead enough to impede the Lil’ Man and his Sunday drives.  Read More →
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