Chorizo, Mushroom, and Onion Queso

Made this for a super bowl party and it was an utter failure. Usually, I'm a creative cook but this time I followed the recipe completely, to my chagrin. The oaxacan cheese was stringy and seperated. The fabulous shiitake mushrooms I used, added nothing and were overwhelmed by the spicy chorizo. It was embarassing to contribute this to our otherwise phenominal super bowl party. never again!

Lentil and Sausage Soup

We made this last night for dinner. I used chicken chorizo from Whole Foods. It was wonderful. I"m not sure what the cheese rind did for the soup. May leave this out next time. Definitely, a keeper!

Seriously Italian: Almond Olive Oil Cake for Valentine's Day

I, too, made this cake this weekend for a dinner party. It was the hit and beat out a chocolate flourless cake for the best dessert. It was easy to make and tastes good for breakfast the next day. OJ flavor didn't really come through at all. YUM!

Breakfast in Santa Monica

Thanks! We're staying with family at 20th and San Vicente - am thinking of checking out the options at the Brentwood Country Mart tomorrow - went to the Rose Cafe today - wonderful!

"Chopped" Dinner Party

My husband and I are hosting a Chopped dinner party this Sunday. We're trying to decide what 5 ingredients to put in the main entree basket. I"d like to use an interesting meat and then local, fresh vegetables but am at a loss on how to get started. I definitely want to include one special, X-factor, ingredient.

Anyone ever attempted this before?
Even if you have not, do you have ideas?

Thanksgiving Dinner OUT? in St Louis

My husband and I have family traveling to St. Louis for Thanksgiving weekend. We are looking for a good restaurant that serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We'd like a 'homey' type atmosphere, somewhere nice but still casual and relaxed, that is semi-affordable (maybe a $30-40 pp price range). Any suggestions?

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