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Jamie
Napa Valley
Interests: cooking! entertaining! eating!
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One more recipe for you using delicious Lindsay Olives! Mediterranean Pork Tenderloin with Olives, Feta, Mint and Onion 1 2-pound pork tenderloin 1 cup Lindsay California Large Black Olives, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup red onion,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
It's time for another delicious olive recipe, this time a snack - easy to make, quick to disappear from the bowl! Spicy and Sweet Asian Olives with Wonton Strips 3 cups Lindsay Pitted California Ripe Olives, Large 2 tablespoons sriracha... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
I know it's been a while, but I'm back with a few new recipes for you. The first is an appetizer featuring Lindsay Olives: Mediterranean Pita Pizza with Olives, Lemon and Mint 4 pita bread rounds Olive oil Salt and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
It's semi-quick and made with great ingredients, without using cooked-up words. You may love to cook, but you don’t always have the time to putter about in the kitchen whipping up a gourmet fantasy meal: Time is short on weekdays... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
Woo hooo! I'm so honored to be chosen by head judge Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites and the Cherry Marketing Council. Here's the recipe: http://www.choosecherries.com/recipes/Sweet_and_Spicy_Seared_Tuna_with_Cherry_Cabbage_948.aspx Here's the write-up from Matt (and a beautiful photo): http://mattbites.com/2011/03/20/judging-the-cherry-contest/ Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
Time for this week's latest Napa.Patch column! Enjoy! http://napa.patch.com/articles/gluten-free-friday-meatless-monday-whatever-happened-to-taco-tuesday Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
Happy Weekend! Check out my latest article on Napa.Patch.com: Is Home Cooking Becoming a Lost Art? Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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(This is Post 4 in a four-part series on Valentine's Day Dinner) In any multi-course dinner, the meat course needs to be the centerpiece. It's what all of the previouse courses had led to, had set the stage for so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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(This is Post 3 in a four-part series, Valentine's Day Dinner) For the salad course, I wanted to do something original. But how? I mean, how can you make a bunch of leaves on a plate original? So, I reversed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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(This is Post 2 in a four-part series - Valentine's Day Dinner) The second course in our Valentine's Day dinner was to be shrimp, but how would I make it a little different and luxurious at the same time? The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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(This is Post 1 in a four-part series - Valentine's Day Dinner) Setting the stage for an extravagant dinner can be problematic. You want to give the diner an idea of what's to follow, but you don't want to jump... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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Obviously, Valentine's Day is all about love. It's a day to be thankful for love in your life and appreciate those who give it back to you. However, I don't think it should be about cards, flowers or sparkly gifts.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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The big game is just a few days away, so I thought I'd share my recipe for one of the easiest and tastiest Super Bowl snacks out there: Frank's Firecracker Shrimp Bites! I made these last weekend and knew they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
I love to cook. No, I don’t just enjoy standing next to my stove stirring things -- I daydream of recipes to the point of distraction, search out new ingredients with a feverish fervor and create dishes with the intent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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Every January, we're hit with advertisements for gyms, diets, workout clothing, etc. With the optimistic outlook of starting fresh with health and fitness goals, there's always a little tinge of guilt in how we reveled in trays of buttered, sugary... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at It's All About the Garnish!
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I'm SO excited to share this with you: I've been named the winner in the Spice Islands Flavor Explorer Vanilla Challenge. The contest challenged entrants to use their Vanilla in a sweet or savory recipe. And, because their new vanilla... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
I've recently joined Patch.com as a contributor, so you'll now get to read some shared content; here's an article that ran on Napa.Patch.com this week: As one who regularly wins recipe contests, throws elaborate dinner parties and dismisses the Food... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
Finally, after weeks of not winning ANYTHING, I emerged victorious from the KSRO Potato Recipe Contest and Cookoff. The full article comes up on Napa.Patch.com later this week, but I can at least share a brief synopsis from the sponsor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
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One of my favorite specialty food purveyors, Marx Foods, is holding a Blogger Mushroom Recipe Challenge. A few food bloggers (myself included) were chosen to create recipes for a variety of dried mushrooms Marx Foods offers…you can imagine my delight... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
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Summertime, and the grilling gets competitive. Two years ago, my Dad and I entered the BBQ Contest at the Napa County Fair in Calistoga. The entries are separated by meat type: I entered Spicy Shrimp (slathered in a spicy butter,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
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So, tonight I decided to practice the new garnish I wanted to do for the grilling contest. As you'll remember, I wanted to do the same flavor profile for the Deconstructed Beef Wellington, but I wanted to make it prettier.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
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Woo Hoo! Each one of us placed in our category yesterday, which was quite an accomplishment. It was a hot day in Calistoga, at the Napa County Fair, and 25 dishes were entered. Dad was up first, and had a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
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The Fourth of July may be a far way off for most people, but it's looming close enough for me that I'm already thinking about this year's Grilling Contest at the Napa County Fair. Here's the deal: three years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
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In the past year, my cooking skills have advanced quite a bit. Last year, I had never heard of sriracha, bonito flakes or microgreens. Since getting into competitive cooking, my horizons have broadened considerably and I'm always looking for ways... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!
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A couple of weeks ago, I entered the NatureSweet Tomato Challenge, where finalists would be selected based on their essay about cooking with tomatoes. Here's my submission: Red of flesh, with taut skin and luscious within, tomatoes lend a seductive... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at It's All About the Garnish!