Smoked Tri-Tip Stroganoff

I can’t remember the last time I heard about or even ate Beef Stroganoff. Sadly, the only version of stroganoff I’ve had is the boxed ones. You know, the ones where you add ground beef to a mystery powder and pour it over egg noddles. When I was a kid I thought that was good…

Mahi Fish Tacos

Mermaids like tacos too! The beautiful mystical creature swimming in the deep depths of the sea, she hunts her prey devours and spits out the bones. If a mermaid where human for a day she’d probably devour these tacos! Ingredients and Recipe: mahi-mahi (skinned and boned) – napa cabbage – plain greek yogurt – several…

Trader Joes Beer Bread Muffins 

In my opinion the only thing pumpkin beer is good for is making beer bread. Trader Joe’s is the perfect spot to collect all the ingredients needed and they make it easy with their ready to go beer bread mix! What I did to create these tasty treats… Beer Bread Mix Pumpkin Puree Pumpkin Beer…

JJ’S Teriyaki Chicken

A Pimped Out Teriyaki Sauce   1 cup Coconut Amino Teriyaki Sauce 1/2 cup Shoyu 1/2 cup sake Minced ginger and garlic Toasted sesame seeds Red pepper flakes Mix together use half for chicken and half for stirfry. Teriyaki Chicken 2 sexy leg quarters 1/2 cup Brown sugar 1/2 cup Ginger ale (optional) you can…

Bison Chili Dogs

The chili and the dogs are made with bison. A good clean meat. Never factory farmed. Never pumped with antibiotics or other chemicals. Always grassfed. Enough said! I LOVE chili cheese dogs! So why not make them with healthier ingredients?! No high fructose corn syrup, no crazy chemical dyes, no msg, etc… Just clean and…

Cali Fresh Fish Tacos

My fish tacos were inspired by fresh caught fish from my favorite fish monger. Unfortunately my beautiful cuts of fish stayed a little to long in the freezer. Since they were frozen longer than I’d hoped, I decided to make California style fish tacos. After all, my fish did come from a California deep sea…

Clam Chowder and Steamed Artichoke

Another super simple meal… for my biggest fan and critic! My daughter. I don’t always get much time to cook for her anymore but when I do I like to whip up some of her favorites! I came up with a simple and less heavy recipe for clam chowder. It was damn good too! Maia…

Rainy Day Bolognese

A rainy, cold, SoCal day begs for a big pot of bolognese! I danced outside the box with this classic comfort food, making it with ground lamb and it was incredible! My ingredient list: Yellow onion, garlic, ground lamb, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, red wine, s&p This is the ensemble of…

Whole Foods Market Brewing Company

On a recent trip to Houston, Texas for a family wedding, I had an opportunity to visit the newest member of the Whole Foods Market family. I am a loyal Whole Foods Market Venice team member but when I get a chance to visit other stores…especially new ones out of state, I get very excited!…

JJ’s D.I.Y. Elphaba Costume

Originally posted on cooking JJ's way:
I decided last minute to participate this year for Halloween and dress up at my job. I work with food so I wanted something I could cook comfortably in all day and not feel like I was suffocating in some crazy costume. I’m not vey creative either and…

On The Grill

The heat has been outrageous lately here in SoCal! Even along the coast where I live. We don’t have air conditioning over here on the westside, it is rarely this hot so it is not a necessity. These last few weeks however…were quite uncomfortable. It may have only lasted a few weeks but I swear,…

Black Bean Empanada

It was one of those clean out the fridge and pantry days! Using what I had on hand without going to the grocery store! I had a package of dried black beans so I cooked those and portioned them into 8oz containers for freezing. I prefer this method to always stocking cans of beans because…