Category Archives for Appetizers

Crispy Kale Chips

They’re sort of one of those things you have to try to believe. When a friend proclaimed she and her husband (who has been known to drive 40 minutes for his favorite burger) preferred kale chips to potato chips and … Continue reading

17. March 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Side dishes, Vegetarian | Tags: , | 19 comments

Moules Marinière, So Easy A …

Dipping crusty bread into the broth of a pot of steaming mussels has to be one of my favorite eating experiences. You? And when a restaurant offers mussels, I’m inclined to order them because, one, I rarely make them at … Continue reading

23. May 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Entrees, Fish | 15 comments

Champagne & Oysters + Solvang, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, Los Angeles Get Away

Our great eating adventure 2010 began at home with champagne and oysters. Oh champagne and oysters! Is anything more celebratory? I suppose you have to like oysters. Champagne is a given. The last time Ben and I had champagne and … Continue reading

12. May 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Bread, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Salads, Seafood, Travel | 13 comments

In Honor of Top Chef: Padma’s Salad with Rancho Gordo Beans & Bäco Flatbreads

Early last Wednesday morning, before the premier of Top Chef Las Vegas, Padma Lakshmi made a delectable looking salad on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. She chopped up fresh spinach, mixed it with chickpeas, bell peppers and chives, and … Continue reading

25. August 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, CSA, Eating Locally, Entrees, Salads, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Bubalus Bubalis Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomatoes

Does it seem odd that I have to go to Costco to find local cheese? Well, I do. And I must admit, I didn’t join Costco because they sell the delicious Bubalus Bubalis mozzarella cheese. The truth is that I … Continue reading

24. July 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, Eating Locally | 16 comments

Tofu, Edamame & Soju

Waywaywaywaywaiiit. Stop. Seriously. I know what you’re doing. I can see you. I can’t. But I know what you’re doing. You’re turning your nose. The thought of tofu for dinner, you’re thinking, is unacceptable. I was there once, too. But … Continue reading

12. March 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Asian, Drinks, Entrees, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 41 comments

Prosciutto, Endive & Shaved Manchego Salad with Tarragon-Shallot Vinaigrette

I am anxious to share with you my aunt Marcy’s blueberry muffins, my mother’s rosemary shortbread and my stepfather’s glug — a high-octane, blood-warming winter punch. Those treats are going to have to wait, however. My eyes and mind need … Continue reading

04. January 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Salads, Side dishes | 42 comments

The Best Candied Pecans & A Thanksgiving Day Salad

So, you see my vision. It’s nothing earth-shattering. A classic combination, really. But a timeless one, and one I think will be festive for Thanksgiving Day. So, to execute this salad, all I need to finish tweaking is my recipe … Continue reading

13. November 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 26 comments

Corn Pudding

Several years ago, I received two non-stick All-Clad mini baking pans as a birthday gift. They are adorable! And, before this evening, entirely useless. Tonight, I am happy to report, I finally found a use — a very good use … Continue reading

22. September 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eggs, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 29 comments

Roasted Tomato Soup Thickened with Bread (Pappa Al Pomodoro)

At an adorable café in San Clemente, a bowl of tomato-and-bread soup sent four ladies knocking on the kitchen’s door. Through an open window, the women praised the chef for his creation, swooning over the soup’s deep, rich flavors, begging … Continue reading

24. August 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Entrees, Side dishes, Soup, Vegetarian | 22 comments

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