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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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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 …

oysters on the half shell

Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters on the Half Shell is probably one of the most decadent dishes you can serve during the holidays, but I think they’re terrific year-round. After buying live oysters from your market, be sure to scrub them well under running water before serving. Fresh oysters keep about 5 days in the refrigerator, covered in a …

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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 …

Huntington Beach Strips and Cheese

I’ve grown up surfing at Southern California’s beaches, and after a long morning navigating the waves, nothing tastes better than this OC local’s favorite — Dwight’s Strips and Cheese — in Huntington Beach, California. These are basically cold nachos with taco sauce. They are a favorite surfer snack here in Southern California, and I must …

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How to Open an Oyster

Want to know how to open an oyster? Oyster shucking is easy if you have the right tools. I swear by my Dexter-Russell Oyster Knife, which I’ve had since I graduated from culinary school (many moons ago). An oyster knife (also called an oyster shucker or oyster opener) is essential for shucking fresh oysters. Oyster …