The 10th anniversary of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a special event on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Inspired by acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay, and that this weekend is Cinco de Mayo we are making a ‘Quail Quencher’ cocktail. Throwing a last minute gathering? Want to sit out on your porch, or around a beach… Continue reading Watermelon Tequila ‘Quail Signature Quencher’ Recipe…Cheers!
This homemade 'granola blend' features my Nonna’s nutmeg flavored candied walnuts; as well as dried apples, almonds, apricots and cranberries. A bicycle basket made for a perfect gift display. We added gourmet salt water taffy (huckleberry flavor) for the Sea Otter Classic opening. To balance out the sweetness I threw in a bag of jalapeno… Continue reading SEA OTTER CLASSIC INSPIRED GRANOLA
Perfect for a weekend brunch. Enjoy this dish during the week for "brinner" (breakfast-for-dinner). I find that the fruit and rind of citrus lends a complex flavor to French toast. Nothing takes a recipe from ordinary to extraordinary with the smell, texture (and balance of bitter and sweet) like a high quality marmalade. Papa Vince… Continue reading The Best Ever Lemon Almond French Toast
Happy Year of the Dog! February 16, 2018 is Chinese New Year. Feast of Lantern’s (Fra Diabolo Italian Influenced) Firecracker Shrimp Recipe is a favorite. We love to make this for holidays such as Chinese New Year or Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns (celebrated on Monterey Bay each summer). We have a long family history on… Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year- Celebrate with Firecracker Shrimp!
In honor of Bing Crosby’s original Clam Bake and golf tournament we are making clam chowder. This yummy chowder can be made in a crock pot or stove top. Best of all, it is simple and delicious (for a family meal or to have at a gathering). This soup works really well for any type… Continue reading Crosby Clam Bake Chowder- Throwback to Pebble Beach Golf History
Sicilian Orange Marmalade Roasted Chicken-Inspired by Paddington the Bear Loaded with flavor, the layers of tangy marmalade mesh into a perfect glaze for rotisserie chicken. A perfectly simple and delicious meal for a cold winter evening. In honor my favorite bear’s LOVE of marmalade I developed this 'orange marmalade chicken glaze'. The use of authentic… Continue reading Sicilian Marmalade Roasted Chicken with Candied Oranges
Happy New Year! -Champagne Cocktail Bar- Often, we will have a champagne bar for a party. All it takes is an ice bucket to keep bottles chilled, champagne and sugar cubes. Set out crystal champagne flutes and you are ready for a crowd! Use fresh cranberries for holiday garnish. Then, help yourself… -Festive Mini Cans-… Continue reading Sparkling Champagne New Year’s Punch
Enjoy these amazingly healthy, simple ‘no-bake’ sugar plums. Many years ago, while teaching second grade, my class had a Nutcracker themed holiday party. Our room parent made sugar plum fairy treats. They were at hit, devoured by children and adults. I have used this recipe ever since. These morsels are delightfully packed with flavor… Continue reading Sugar Plum Fairy Treats
Ready for a delicious meal of breaded rock cod with pasta ‘aglio e olio’? Follow along as my cousins, the Famiglia Cutino, share an 'Italian inspired California lifestyle' recipe. ‘Pasta aglio e olio’ is influenced from the Naples region of Italy. The lightly sautéed minced garlic (NEVER burn the garlic) in olive oil with… Continue reading Monterey Bay Breaded Rock Cod with Pasta ‘aglio e olio’
Memories and Inspiration: It was summer vacation, exploring America! Eric and I brought Bella Sophia to our neighborhood beach and we all dipped our toes into the Pacific Coast waves. We explained that we would make our way through the South of the U.S.A. and visit Disney World in Florida..then drive to the Florida coast… Continue reading Autumn Sandwich: Turkey Salad on Cranberry Citrus Nutbread