Seared Ahi with Rapini and Reduced Balsamic over Polenta - elegant gluten-free meal

Seared Ahi with Reduced Balsamic and Rapini over Polenta

Perfectly seared sashimi-grade ahi and tender-crisp rapini drizzled with a sweet-tangy reduced balsamic vinegar over creamy polenta is simultaneously light and decadent. This was my very first original recipe developed about 15 years ago after being inspired by something similar at an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica. A decade and a half later it’s still… 

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Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad with Harissa Lemon Dressing

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing

Every year we make a point to see every Shakespeare in the Park performance in Griffith Park.  Our local Independent Shakespeare Company does some of the most creative and entertaining stagings of classics I’ve ever seen.  We’ve been going for about 5 years now and their shows are always among the highlights of our summer…. 

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Paleo, gluten-free sweet potato fries that are actually crispy when baked

Baked Sweet Potato Fries that are Actually Crispy – and Gluten Free!

We had gluten-free guests over for lunch and I knew I wanted to make our favorite salmon crab burgers (these pictures desperately need to be updated – I promise they’re more delicious than they look). Baked sweet potato fries are my favorite thing to serve on the side of these heavenly burgers, but the only… 

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The best parts of a shrimp boil in your own kitchen

Easy At-Home Shrimp Boil

Fresh corn, red potatoes, and plump shrimp simmered in traditional Old Bay seasoning make a crazy fun Summer meal that’s as delicious as it is easy to put together. Brad took me to my first crawfish boil several years ago and I loved the relaxed, easy atmosphere – especially considering that the hosts were cooking… 

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Heirloom tomato, melon, and burrata salad

Heirloom Tomato, Melon, and Burrata Salad

This is the first Summer in years we haven’t bought season tickets to the Hollywood Bowl. Between my work schedule and saving for a new property it seemed like the smart move and so far I haven’t missed it. We’re still planning to catch a few shows but don’t have every weekend planned. The Hollywood… 

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This simple but exotic tasting Pollo Asado brings you all the flavors of Peru

Peruvian Pollo Asado

In May, Brad and I experimented with three different interpretations of Pollo Asado: Mexican, Cuban and Peruvian.  While all were delicious and will be shared here soon, the Peruvian chicken was the favorite at Chez Jones. The crispy skin and moist, flavorful meat guarantee we’ll be making it again soon. I’ve cooked chicken on a… 

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This incredible lobster roll is fast and easy to make at home.

Quick and Easy Dill Lobster Roll

I’ve always been intrigued by lobster rolls – they make me imagine lunch at the club, summering at the Hamptons, and fashionable parties at beachfront Cape Cods. I haven’t experienced any of these things but still feel the promise popped-collar polos and sockless loafers every time I see a lobster roll on the menu. And… 

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Quick and easy Creole chicken with rice and bean

One Pot Creole Chicken with Rice and Beans

This hearty, one-pot meal is perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time for cooking and dishes but don’t want to compromise on taste or quality. With much less chopping and fewer steps than my other go-to rice-based meals like jambalaya, arroz con pollo, or Cuban black beans and rice, this… 

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The perfect Michelada - ultimate refreshment in minutes

Neto’s Perfect Michelada

Micheladas are my Green Eggs and Ham.  For years I insisted they must be gross and wondered loudly and snobbily why anyone would adulterate delicious beer with Clamato.  Luckily, our friend Neto came by one day with all the fixings and crafted one of these delicious drinks in our kitchen.  One sip was all it… 

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Gluten-free, vegan pasta primavera that's just 150 calories a serving

Super Skinny Creamy Spinach Pasta Primavera

Does a giant bowl of creamy noodles packed with Spring vegetables for under 150 calories sound too good to be true?  Creamy AND vegan? Noodles AND gluten-free? Brad didn’t believe me either until I used this recipe to try out Miracle Noodle’s new spinach shirataki noodles. Granted, this is a very different dish that your… 

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Skinny chicken pot pie with parmesan crumbles

Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

Although I’ve been a Cooks Illustrated subscriber for a decade I’ve only seen American’s Test Kitchen once. They made this Chicken Pot Pie With Savory Crumble Topping  and I cooked it up the same night. In true Test Kitchen/ Cook’s Illustrated fashion, it was the best pot pie I’d ever had. The peppery Parmesan crumble… 

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Spanish chorizo and chickpeas (vegan)

Vegan Spanish Chickpeas with Chorizo

I spent last week in London and Porto for work. It was a crazy hectic few days trying to accomplish everything that needed to be done and, while it was beautiful and wonderfully productive, I ended up averaging just 4-5 hours of sleep a night (not much by my lazy standards) and was pretty worn… 

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