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The Best Pumpkin Pie in Carmel Valley*

My mom, Liz, has always been and still is the inspiration for my love of “all things cooking”. She is not a gourmet cook but her food, as basic and uncomplicated as it may be, is always delicious. At eighty nine she still makes the best cream puffs I’ve ever eaten, and of course from […]

I hope all the Carmel Valley cooks are painstakingly planning their Christmas dinners… or I should say, Holiday Dinners, to be politically correct…and if you’re not, shame on you because you should be.  If your family is like mine you, you probably have a traditional menu for the meal that you’ve come to love and […]

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A San Diego Thanksgiving and the “O” Word Large family, house not big enough, everybody for Thanksgiving dinner…YIKES!!!  But not to worry, no problema, it’s a snap. And not everybody needs to be a gourmet cook to contribute. If your Carmel Valley San Diego community family is like ours, once we hit California we stayed regardless of […]

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Simple Kitchen Tips

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Carmel Valley Kitchen’s hints, tips and suggestions for food that’s easier,  more fun and economical to make, and is absolutely delicious…of course.  These kitchen tips, ideas and suggestions pertain to foods that are readily available in all of our grocery stores in the Carmel Valley San Diego community.  And please email us with questions as […]

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“The Top 25” Pieces of Kitchen Hardware You Need So you found a recipe that sounds delicious, you’ve purchased the ingredients at a local grocery store or farmer’s market, and you can’t wait to get into the kitchen to make it an epicurean reality.  Something that will make your taste buds sing and cause your […]

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Fishing for Fish In Carmel Valley This writer grew up on the shores of Connecticut and New Jersey, so there should be no question that he has an insatiable appetite and undying love for good seafood. My California quest began in 1968 when I moved to San Diego and has continues to this day. I […]

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What is the Carmel Valley Chicken Recipe? Chicken is one of the most versatile ingredients available.  Carmel Valley San Diego community residents can use it in just about anything. Soups, appetizers, hors douvers, entrées, salads or sauces, you just can’t beat chicken.  When using the Carmel Valley Chicken Recipe, chicken can be baked, roasted, stewed, fricasseed, […]

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Regardless of the size of your kitchen or your culinary expertise, if you cook, here are ten eclectic items that you must have.  They are all relatively inexpensive, easy to find and essential if you want to create great food. PAM COOKING SPRAY…total control using a spray can so you use just enough fat/oil when […]

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Only $286 per pound and always available at your local Carmel Valley Grocery Store Could we be referring to lobster, no only about $12 per pound, or Kobe beef or caviar or 125 year old Balsamic vinegar?  Nope, these can’t be found at your favorite CV grocery. It’s probably something you may very well have […]

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Of course we’re talking about a knife; the 8”-10” chef’s knife to be exact.  At Carmel Valley Kitchen we believe it is the most important and versatile tool for any cook.  There is hardly a recipe that doesn’t require the use of a knife.  Most cooking professionals have their own personal set of knives that […]

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This ubiquitous duo are used in almost every recipe, yes, even in many desserts.  They are found on practically every table at every Carmel Valley restaurant and on most tables when we eat at home.  Yes, in some form, salt and pepper are everywhere food is prepared or consumed.  They are the universal seasonings.  So let’s take a […]

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LEAN, GREEN AND DEFINITELY MEAN… We are of course, referring to the asparagus price wars between the produce departments at all our Carmel Valley San Diego produce purveyors that begin about this time of the year and last for a couple months. That bright green, crunchy, and oddly flavored but delicious skinny stalk that we […]

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