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Asian Fusion Thanksgiving

I told a few people about our Asian Fusion Thanksgiving dinner. Though several months late, I am sharing the menu. We had traditional roasted turkey, bread stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce made with orange. Desserts were also traditional – made by my guests: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie. But the rest of the […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner — “I’m Stuffed”

So you would not think you’d need a theme for Thanksgiving dinner but as my son and I started to plan the menu, we started talking about stuffing. And how at the end of the meal, everyone says, “i’m stuffed.” So we went with a “Stuffed” theme. Appetizers Stuffed olives Stuffed dumplings brought by a […]

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Veal Shanks with Apple, Fennel, and Chanterlle

Beautiful slow cooked veal shank. Preheat oven to 275F. Use a large dutch oven. Cook 4 slices diced bacon. Remove bacon and set aside, save the fat. Salt and pepper 4 veal chops and then brown them in bacon fat. Set the chops aside. Add a diced onion, a small diced fennel bulb, and 3 diced […]

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Duck Breast and Wilted Spinach Salad with Morels, Peas, and Cherries

A wonderful summer dinner. The salad consisted of morels, English peas, shallot, and Rainier cherries sauteed with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and thyme. Pour this mixture warm over baby spinach to wilt the leaves. On the side, I served slices of duck breast pan sauteed with just some salt and pepper. 

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Southeast Asian Fusion Dinner

With a few guests coming over for dinner, son William and I decided to build on our January trip to Laos and Burma to create a Southeast Asian “fusion” dinner.  We agreed ahead to make a steamed fish for the main course with several salads following the Burmese tradition. For hors d’oeuvres as guests arrived, […]