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Fire Up with Hatch Chile

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in United States: New Mexico - Hatch | 3 comments

Fire Up with Hatch Chile

Hatch, New Mexico Hatch chiles are the star of many dishes in the cuisine of New Mexico.  Green chile pork and chicken are so versatile, the robust recipes may be incorporated in stews, burritos, layer dips, enchiladas, breakfast dishes and much more.  There will be more to come in our Hatch Chile recipe voyage, but let’s start with a basic side dish using fresh chiles: Hatch Chile Refried Beans.   MAPPING THE DAY Some foods simply can’t be duplicated outside the place of origin.  Is it the moist, salty air in San Francisco...

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What’s the Salmon Capital of the World?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in USA: Alaska - Ketchikan | 0 comments

What’s the Salmon Capital of the World?

Ketchikan, Alaska Superior salmon comes from Ketchikan, Alaska.  And local canners gladly ship their product for use in salads, soups and entrees.  Here’s our version of White Bean and Salmon Soup.  If you don’t like salmon, substitute cooked chicken or beef.   MAPPING THE DAY There are no roads that lead the Ketchikan.  The only way in or out is by air or by sea. LOCAL STORY Touted as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, we set out to find out why.  Our first stop was the local museum, filled with salmon...

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Meet Me for A Salad Like the Brown Derby Cobb

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in USA: California - Hollywood | 0 comments

Meet Me for A Salad Like the Brown Derby Cobb

Hollywood, California A dramatic deconstructed salad, the famous Cobb has been a staple on our dinner table since we first tried it at the legendary Brown Derby restaurant.  Each bite can be a new pairing of ingredients on your fork: creamy avocado, sharp blue cheese, juicy tomato, savory chicken, salty bacon, hard-cooked egg and crisp lettuce topped with luscious French dressing.   MAPPING THE DAY The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant opened in 1929.  It was an immediate success with its Hollywood and Vine location surrounded by movie...

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Balboa Island: Sunny California Lifestyle and Balboa Bars

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in USA: California - Balboa Island | 0 comments

Balboa Island: Sunny California Lifestyle and Balboa Bars

Balboa Island, California Summer visitors are drawn to Balboa Island for its sunny California lifestyle.  They are also lured by a famous confection called the Balboa Bar: a block of creamy vanilla ice cream, dipped into melted chocolate and coated with toppings like toasted almonds, oreo cookie crumbles or butter brittle.  Our version scales the portion down to what we call “Bal Bar Bites”.  There’s more chocolate and toppings that way!   MAPPING THE DAY Stepping out on Coral Street Public Pier suddenly streamed many of...

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Tonight’s Menu: Pizza and Black Kale Salad

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Tonight’s Menu: Pizza and Black Kale Salad

Tonight’s Menu is featured in our new Ebook on pages 15 and 24.  Click here to download and enjoy tonight!  The recipes are easy and full of Mediterranean Flavors.     Share this:FacebookTwitter

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Capri’s Parigina Pizza

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Italy: Capri | 1 comment

Capri’s Parigina Pizza

Capri, Italy MAPPING THE DAY The ferryboat ride from Sorrento, Italy was in rough seas stirred by gusty winds.  Apprehensive, we remained brave as we made our way to the small island of Capri.  Once at the port, we left the ferry and climbed into the Funicolare that took us to the top of a steep mountain.          As we climbed, the views became more and more magnificent.  In the cliff-top town there is a charming little square filled with shops and restaurants.  We wandered through leisurely.  We were constantly in awe of...

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Mediterranean Flavors in Your Diet: $4.99 Ebook

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Mediterranean Flavors in Your Diet: $4.99 Ebook

Mission Viejo, CA The Mediterranean diet is touted all over the news for its heart-healthy benefits.  Mediterranean cuisine and ingredients are staples in our kitchen.  Olive oil often supersedes butter and other oils in our cooking.  Lemons, garlic and tomatoes are always on the kitchen counter.  Beans, quinoa and couscous as well as combinations of fresh vegetables are welcomed complements to our entrees.  We have embraced Mediterranean ingredients and techniques for many of our meals each week.  And our new cookbook Mediterranean...

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Our New Cookbook Is Here

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in USA: California - SoCal | 1 comment

Our New Cookbook Is Here

Our first cookbook is finally here! We are so excited to launch it. Click below for a preview of the book and link to place your order for Ebook (only $4.95) or soft cover printed version. Here is more about the cookbook! Mediterranean Flavors Easy Recipes and Menus in the RoadTripFlavors Style MEDITERRANEAN flavors by JANET WELCH & K.O. LETT | Make Your Own Book We affectionately call our cookbook the “EXPRESSWAY” to Mediterranean Flavors. Straightforward and approachable recipes, augmented by full-color photographs, give passage...

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Tonight’s Menu: Chili with Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Tonight’s Menu: Chili with Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

Second in a series, here is another Tonight’s Menu suggestion: Big Bowl of Red Chili Garnishes: Diced Red Onion, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese Tossed Green Salad Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins Honey     It is cool, drizzly and overcast in Southern California this week.  Yes, it pales in comparison to the cold blast in the middle of the U.S. this week, but still it is cool to us.  With the gloomy weather, a potage for dinner sounded comforting.  So, we pulled an archived blog recipe for our Bowl of Red Chili and tweaked it...

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Tonight’s Menu: Yucatan Fish Cakes Platter

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Tonight’s Menu:  Yucatan Fish Cakes Platter

Our Kitchen at “The Resort” K.O. and I jokingly call our home “The Resort”.  Not that it is located on an isolated beach or anything, but it is a relaxing place where we enjoy entertaining family and friends.  As we have been writing our cookbook, which will be available in printed and ebook formats on this website on April 30, we have talked with many of our prospective readers.  There has been a common thread in our discussions.  Many of our readers would like more help in creating easy meal menus that make sense....

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