Honoring California’s Heritage

Today is National California Day. I know when most people think California Cuisine, they picture thin-crust pizzas with artichokes and a white sauce or sprouts on a whole-grain sandwich.

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October Days and Shredded Cuban Pork

Recently there was a showing of Thirteen Days on the television. Have you seen that one? It’s the 2001 film dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis, the thirteen days in October when the world stood at the brink of yet another war, one with possible Nuclear consequences. Just how factual the movie is when giving us, the ordinary person, a glimpse of the crisis from “behind the scenes”, I haven’t a clue. What I can tell you is that the fear I felt back then was very real. It is a fear etched in my mind that has remained all these years later.

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Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Salsa and Hand-Pressed Tortillas

My hubby has the strangest sense of humor. Recently as we sat down to a fine, all from scratch Mexican supper, I made the comment that it was nice to spend time putter about in the kitchen. He smiled and replied “So that’s why you’re so good at miniature golf.” A silly man making a silly play on the word “puttering”.

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The Heat is On in a Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas Salsa Verde

As many of you already know, I am a huge fan of Northern Italian-French cooking. Anything that calls for a few pounds of butter mixed with a gallon or so of heavy cream and I am there! My heart might not agree, but the rest of me gets excited at the very thought. The thing that I like about Italian-French cuisine (aside from all the creamy sauces) is the use of wine. Sip, cook, taste, sip some more. Yeah, that makes for a happy cook in the kitchen.

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Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches – just what the Doctor ordered

Hands down, this was some of the best pulled pork sandwiches I’ve ever made. These delicious sandwiches deserved lots of step-by-step pictures under perfect lighting. But honestly, it was five in the morning, my camera battery was somewhere other than in its bag, and as I staggered around in our kitchen half-asleep, my blog and snapping photos were the furthest things from my mind. Start dinner, make coffee and pack lunches for my guys, those were the things on my mind this morning.

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Crock Pot Pork Chile Verde

For a few months now I’ve been cooking up some yummy dishes from Mexico. An extension on the whole Taco Tuesday craze if you will. We’ve done so many delicious Mexican inspired dishes.

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