Grilled Chicken

Hardwood charcoal. I use B&B. Most of the other brands I have tried look like chopped up 2 x 4’s. B&B is big lumps of Mesquite. I grill up a bunch of chicken for the coming week to eat in tacos. (Usually standing there holding a beer feeling very manly.)

Pasta Bolognese

I make a lot of this and freeze it. Then you just have to make your pasta in the future. The sauce is Beef, Veal (free-range) and Pork. Onion, carrot, tomato paste, cream and white wine.

Restaurant Review: Downey’s (Santa Barbara)

We just had dinner at Downey’s for our third wedding anniversary. Best Restaurant in North America.
• Ojai, 2004 Santa Rita Hills, Clos Pepe Vineyard, Pinot Noir
• Fresh Local Crab Toasts with Curried Fruits & Arugula
• Endive Salad with watercress, organic strawberry, hazelnuts and vinaigrette
• Halibut with Meyer lemon and Sorrel sauce, red potatoes
• Lobster, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, asparagus, angel hair pasta salad
• Cheese plate: two double cream cheeses from France – one mushroomy, other buttery; triple cream from France – rich, creamy; Manchego; Stilton from England with red grapes, Fuji apples, water crackers, raisin bread and walnuts.