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Sofrito (plus salmon!)

Today, I spent the day making sofrito. After retiring 6 weeks ago today, I signed up for a Master Class with Thomas Keller, the great chef at The French Laundry in Napa. One of our assignments was to make sofrito with two different oils (olive and canola). So I did. First, a caution: this will take a total of five (5) hours, so be patient!

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Salmon provençale

Finally back on track on cooking and posting!

Tonight, I wanted to make a dish to draw on the lessons learned from the wonderful Christmas gift from my hubby, Jennifer Simonetta-Bryan and Ken Arnone’s “Pairing with the Masters,” a fabulous book about wine and food pairing.

So I made an old family favorite, Salmon provençale.

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Spicy chicken & grape skewers

This is a perfect summertime dinner, very quick to prepare and very delicious! I spotted this recipe recently in my local paper (by Ellie Krieger) and have modified it to suit our family’s preferences for slightly more spicy foods. It’s a great combination of spice plus the almost caramelized sweetness of the grapes.

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