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Grilled Artichokes with Curry Aioli

Grilled artichokes are an amazing appetizer, and this version is sure to impress your guests no matter what season you’re in. I like to serve two different dipping sauces with my grilled artichokes in addition to the traditional melted clarified butter. One of my favorite artichoke dipping sauces came from my mother-in-law. This curry aioli …

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Chicken Quesadillas

These chicken quesadillas are departure from the traditional cheddar cheese and salsa variety, livened up with a stuffing of green onions, grated pepper jack cheese, cream cheese and chopped fresh cilantro. Most quesadilla recipes can be tweaked to your liking, and you can easily substitute the chicken with your favorite steak, shrimp or even grilled …

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

I may cook the main dishes in the house, but my wife Veronica is all about the appetizers. One of her favorite things to make for a party is bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese. This recipe is perfect for the holidays since it uses only three ingredients: Dates, Bacon and Cheese! Usually, our go-to …

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BBQ Oysters Recipe

Recently, I traveled up to Tomales Bay to sample BBQ Oysters at a little place called Hog Island Oyster Company. It’s basically a little shack on the waterfront, where you can pick your own oysters, grab a picnic table, and cook them over a charcoal grill. While I was there, I learned that the secret …

Fire-Roasted Mexican Salsa

One of my favorite recipes for entertaining is a taco bar, served with this fire-roasted Mexican salsa. What makes it great is that it’s so easy and guests can serve themselves! Just set out the warm tortillas, shredded meats, and all the condiments like guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, chopped onions and enjoy! This recipe, …

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

This classic Jumbo shrimp cocktail recipe is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day recipes, but really it’s terrific year-round. Serve this as an appetizer with a nice filet mignon steak dinner, or a classic dish of fettuccine carbonara with a nice bottle of wine. For dessert, keep it simple with some good-quality vanilla ice cream …