Just another collection of random things

Street Taco Seasoning

This recipe is for our family’s chicken street tacos. 1 t. ground cumin 1 t. kosher salt ½ t. ground black pepper ½ t. smoked paprika (regular paprika works as well) ½ t. garlic salt Combine all spices into a jar. Use 1 generous T....

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Japanese Onion Soup

This is a copycat of the Japanese-style onion soup served at many hibachi restaurants. 4 cups canned chicken broth 2 cups water 1 white onion ¼ cup carrot, coarsely chopped ¼ celery stalk, coarsely chopped ½ t. salt 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup milk...

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Enchilada Suizas

Another family favorite. Who doesn’t love enchiladas in a tomatillo sauce? This one takes a bit, so give yourself enough prep time to get it all done. 9 tomatillos, husked and rinsed ¼ white onion 1 serrano pepper 1 yellow (güerito) pepper 2 cloves garlic...

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Taco Seasoning

I was attempting to make some adobo to create a copycat recipe for Chipotle’s Honey Vinaigrette salad dressing. What I came up with was a very good recipe for taco seasoning. We used about a quarter cup of the mixture along with a cup of...

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John Wooden’s 12 Lessons in Leadership

A monumental figure in the American sports scene, legendary basketball coach John Wooden had twelve lessons in leadership that I’ve transcribed here. I’m recounting them here because I came across them specifically as I was doing research on leadership for kids. As it goes with...

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Family-Style Meatloaf w/Balsamic Glaze

This is my take on an old family recipe handed down from my grandmother, Irene Schmeltzer. I combined this with some inspiration from Bobby Flay’s Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze. 1 lb. ground veal 1 lb. ground pork 1 lb. ground turkey 28 oz. tomatoes, diced ½ cup ketchup  3...

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Las Brisas Pico de Gallo

This is a pretty good Pico de Gallo from Las Brisas, a Mexican restaurant overlooking the ocean on the PCH. I ate there a number of times when we lived in Irvine. This recipe was published in the local newspaper and I’m reproducing it here....

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Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Salsa

When we lived in Sugar Land, TX, (about 25 mi. southwest of Houston), I came to love Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant that had a few locations around the area. They have an off the menu ‘Creamy Jalapeño’ salsa for their chips that is simply wonderful....

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Tomato Sauce w/Hot Italian Sausage

This is my take on an old family recipe handed down from my grandmother, Irene Schmeltzer. It’s a “hot” tomato sauce that is excellent with any sort of pasta. And while generally most diners prefer a less “chunky” sauce with dishes like cheese-filled ravioli or...

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Flavor Blasted Goldfish

Let me state for the record that I like Goldfish. I actually consider it an incredible snack food. I’ve been snacking on Goldfish crackers for as long as I can remember. The only other snack food that I have that “old” of a memory of...

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