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What to cook tonight for dinner?  Always the age-old question.  Mai Tai Tracy’s Kitchen serves up the dishes we yearn to eat again … and again … and again!

July 18, 2022

Crispy Saffron Rice with Chicken and Lemon Zest

Rice With A Little Crunch Crispy Saffron Rice with Chicken and Lemon Zest Main The gift that keeps on giving! Amazingly, I still have some saffron my friend, Joanne, brought from the Spice Souk in Dubai. The saffron is a deep, rich scarlet color and so fragrant, it should be […]
January 26, 2022

Roasted Carrot and Saffron Risotto

Starchy Saffron Sensation Roasted Carrot and Saffron Risotto Main, Starter or Side My good friend Joanne brought me a tin of saffron from the Spice Souk in Dubai. The saffron was a deep, rich scarlet and so fragrant you could smell it through the tin it was stored in. That’s […]
December 29, 2021

Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew with Red Wine Sauce)

Parisian Perfect For A Winter Evening Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew with Red Wine Sauce) When our menu is French, Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris is my go-to cookbook! Ina’s Boeuf Bourguignon is a great recipe and is best made the day before. Hearty, homey and deeply satisfying, this savory stew […]
August 23, 2021

Dijon Panko-Crusted Baked Salmon

Salmon Chanted EveningDijon Panko-Crusted Baked Salmon Main As I may have mentioned before, we don’t eat a lot of seafood here in MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen, we leave that to long time traveling companion Mary (seen here at a fish feast when we visited Croatia).We did dine on plenty of clam […]
June 19, 2021

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Cilantro Slaw

Marvelous Meatless BurgerSpicy Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Cilantro Slaw Main With meatless burgers becoming more and more popular, I decided to try these burgers for a meatless Monday.  Although Tom is a registered meat-aholic, he was on board with my experiment, because he likes beans and also acknowledged […]
December 19, 2020

Chicken with Morels

Elegant Dinner Party Dish Chicken with Morels Main Courtesy of The Barefoot Contessa’s Barefoot in Paris cookbook (with a few variations), here is an elegant, delectable chicken dish for any celebration. For those of you have not experienced Morels, they are earthy and meaty, but unfortunately, they are more expensive […]
September 22, 2020

Spanish-Style Shrimp

Spanish Style Shrimp … The Flay Way Spanish-Style Shrimp Main I finally broke down and purchased Bobby Flay’s most recent cookbook, Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors From My Kitchen.  Although we watch him all the time on Food Network, this is the first cookbook of his I have tried. I’ve […]
July 10, 2020

Marinated Grilled Swordfish with Blistered Tomatoes and Capers

It’s All In The Tomato Topping Marinated Grilled Swordfish with Blistered Tomatoes and Capers Main If you made my late stepfather Mr. C’s Creamy Coleslaw (and hopefully liked it!), then you have a big bottle of Bernstein’s Italian Dressing and Marinade left over. If you were Mr. C, you would […]
May 15, 2020

Bacon Burgers with Pancetta and Balsamic Onion Jam

Bringing Home The Bacon … Burgers! Bacon Burgers with Pancetta and Balsamic Onion Jam Main WOW… what more can you say about this recipe we found in the Fine Cooking Grilling 2016 issue?  We think we make pretty, darn tasty burgers, but this recipe blew them all away and is […]
March 24, 2020

Tom’s Gruyère Mac and Cheese

Almost Like Being In Switzerland Tom’s Gruyère Mac and Cheese Main While visiting the Château de Gruyères in Switzerland in 2003, the skies opened with such a torrential downpour that we had to duck inside a nearby quaint restaurant for lunch. On the menu was an incredible Gruyère Macaroni and Cheese served […]
February 28, 2020

Pork Chorizo Burgers With Seasonings, Radish, and Jicama Slaw with Lime Vinaigrette

Burgerlicious! Pork Burgers with Chorizo Seasonings and Radish and Jicama Slaw with Lime Vinaigrette Main I saw a recipe for Pork Chorizo Burgers from Andrew Zimmern in People magazine and was instantly intrigued.  I am not a big fan of chorizo, as it is usually too greasy for me, but […]
January 23, 2020

Black Beans & Rice with Chicken & Red Apple Salsa

Quick & Easy Dinner!  Black Beans & Rice with Chicken and Red Apple Salsa Main This recipe for Chicken, Black Beans and Rice with Red Apple Salsa is an oldie but goody at our home for a quick and easy dinner.  To speed things along, I use canned black beans […]
October 29, 2019

Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel Ragù

Remembering Bella Bologna Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel Ragù Main Autumn, my favorite time of the year, my favorite time to travel, and perhaps my favorite time to eat pasta!  
 Benventuto Autunno! Last year, while traveling in Bologna, Italy (trip report here), we had the most delicious Pappardelle with […]
September 25, 2019

Pan Roasted Chicken with Pancetta, Mushroom & Leek Sauce on a Bed of Hash Browns

Comfort Food! Pan-Roasted Chicken with Pancetta, Mushroom & Leek Sauce on a Bed of Hash Browns Main Tom once again returned from an event at Melissa’s Produce with a treasure trove of goodies (he works for food).  Among them was a bag of Melissa’s Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, Cleaned and […]
June 14, 2019

Mr. C’s Grilled Flank Steak with Chile, Cinnamon and Cumin Marinade

Cinnamon on Steak with this Marvelous Meat Marinade!  Mr. C’s Grilled Flank Steak with Chile, Cinnamon and Cumin Marinade Main Summer weather in Southern California came late this year (yay, for May Gray!), so we only recently fired up our gas barbecue.  Speaking of fire, there was one small problem […]
February 28, 2019

Roasted Sweet Potato, Poblano, Avocado & Black Bean Tacos

Healthy Tacos Roasted Sweet Potato, Poblano, Avocado & Black Bean Tacos Main So our January and February plan to diet during those months did not materialize.  But now it’s almost March, and we’re starting over. Despite being a gentleman of a certain age, Tom has a list (short) of foods […]