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Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, The Connection, Oxnard, CA


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Bringing Friends and Family Together...

Fun in the Kitchen

Chocolate is, of course, a weakness of mine, as is ice cream.  This one is absolutely orgasmic.

This Website is About GOOD food!

You'll see as you peruse this site that I've travelled a fair amount and eaten in some of the worlds best restaurants. That said, I've had astounding dishes in farm kitchens and dives, saloons and street I'm not hung up with the trimmings, only the quality, flavor, and for you and me, the ease of preparation.


95% of the pictures on these pages, I've taken.  The much superior work is by others, like a couple by Terry Heffernan, my friend and neighbor on Rock Creek, and I envy his ability.   See my page for more. Also see my videos, click the button below.

Stuffed Poblamo Peppers

The Peppers

Two good sized poblano peppers, half, clean (wear gloves if sensitive), brown slightly, blister or two, skin size up, turn and broil inside. Set aside.

Meat and Rice

Brown 1/2 pound (this is a pound) hamburger (I used elk), with 1/2 chopped yellow or white onion. Cook rice (I used Uncle Ben's instant).


Mix 1/2 to 3/4 cup salsa, 1/2 cup cooked rice, 1/2 16oz can corn, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder or 1 tsp chipotle seasoning (I like the latter), green onion tops, salt and pepper.

Stuff Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Stuff Peppers, Top With Cheese, return to oven under broiler and melt.


My wife likes shredded lettuce with her Mexican food so we garnish plate with it and serve with fruit.  This is a kick-ass dish, easily doubled, easy for company. Always better with a rich red if you inbibe. :-)

Go to recipe page for a printable pdf.

Great Restaurants, Here and There!

Lucky's, Monticeto, CA

Fabulous steaks, this great swordfish, and interesting people watching

Pearl's Missoula, Montana

Was off red meat so had this fabulous mushroom soup.  And yes, you eat with your eyes.

Seafood, Pearl's, Missoula, MT

Can't remember what the menu called it, but it was excellent.  And the service was SUPER as well.

Beverly's, Couer d' Alene, Idaho

Great restaurant atop the hotel with superb view of the lake.

Churchill's, Spokane, WA

Expensive, but aren't all great steakhouses.  This is the ribeye...Perfect! As was the service.

Whitefish Lodge, Whitefish, Montana

Had a great flank steak and fries, and talked them into bringing me a little oxtail gravy on the side!  Well worth the visit if ever near.

Whitefish Lodge, Whitefish, Montana

Montana is huckleberry heaven...if you don't have to shoo off the grizzlies to pick them.  This was a GREAT huckleberry ice-cream pie.

Will continue to post exceptional dishes from restaurants...

Cooking Blog

Reader's Cookbooks!

Cooking Wild and Wonderful, a reader's cookbook

Cooking Wild and Wonderful

If you enjoy a cookbook with lots of reading, this is the one for you. It's not about game cooking, and the wild doesn't mean that.  It's a look at Wolfpack Ranch and what and how we do!  Click on the cover or the action button to grab a copy.

California Cocina

California Cocina is a look back in time, with quotes from journals and biographies from the gracious rancho days of old California, where it was said, "It's better to be on time than invited."  Click on the cover to grab a copy.

I hope you enjoy my cookbooks as much as I enjoyed working on them!

Video of the Day!

Creme Fraiche is a great kitchen addition, lemon won't screw it up, it substitutes for sour cream

My Chuckwagon!

A project for the summer!

I found this old John Deere, turn of the century, wagon and thought it had decent bones.  I skinned it and made myself a contemporary chuck/BBQ wagon.

Design as you go!

I wanted to stay as true as possible to the old designs, yet accommodate modern BBQs and a gas range.  It also has a gas deep fryer.

Gotta have a whiskey barrel!

I can cook for eighty or so and have done so with this rig.  Doing all the labor myself, the canvas top cost as much as the rest of the rebuild.

Great fun cooking, outside!

Everyone with  a beer or glass of wine in hand, kibitzing the cook, who cooks with wine (in hand)

Grab a free cookbook, California Cocina! Search the site....


Lot's of great recipes and country cooking!

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