Rogue River Cheese

Rogue River Blue Cheese is like a fine wine. It was the only American cheese to win the Best Cheese in the World award a few years ago. Why is this cheese so great?  Well, it is creamy and not too sharp. Once you taste it, you will want more. But there is a problem. Typically, you can find Rogue River Blue in San Diego markets around Christmas, but that’s it. Yesterday, I saw some in Jimbo’s and immediately put a hunk in my basket, even though its price had escalated considerably.

Sometimes, you can order the cheese from the Internet, but the shipping cost is exorbitant. Keep an eye out, and you won’t be disappointed!

Martinis and Music

There are many ways to entertain, but most fall back on our preferred modes. We have people for dinner, picnic by the pool, or go for happy hour. It is fun to create some new modalities that can be stimulating and entertaining. 

I have always enjoyed making appetizers, and a year ago, I came up with the idea of Martinis and Music, a night of appetizers, martinis, and selected music in my living room. I have had several evenings of M&M, and they have been successful.

Here are some of the ins and outs. Not everyone is a martini fan, so I always have multiple selections of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. I create enough appetizers so that there is something for everyone. Recently, I invited two other couples over, and here is what we served. 

Freshly cooked shrimp from Gelson’s
Freshly shucked oysters from Gelson’s
Tuna spread made with Genoa oil based Tuna
A variety of cheeses from Jimbo’s and Ralphs
Stuffed mushrooms, Italian style
Italian deviled eggs
Smoked salmon

It’s fun to pick music that will appeal to your guests, and the combination of tasty food, soothing libation, and nourishing fellowship can make for a memorable evening.


Rosina’s is an Italian restaurant run by an Italian woman and her two sons. In a park-like setting in Santa Luz, Rosina’s is comfortable and peaceful. The food is excellent and priced reasonably. On Tuesdays, there is no corkage fee for wine.

14701 Via Bettona, San Diego, CA 92127

Tonno Roma

One can of Genova tuna in olive oil
Red onion
Fresh tomato
White vinegar
Seasoned salt 
Garlic salt

Put the contents of the tuna in a mixing bowl.
Add ample olive oil.
Add some white vinegar (key to having a sharp taste).
Add salt, pepper, seasoned salt, basil and garlic salt.
Slice some small pieces of red onion and then tomato. 
Add Mayo to bind the mix.

Serve on bread or cracker of your choice.

Potatoes Antonio

Here is a recipe for spicy Italian potatoes that are wonderful for dinner and then heated up in the morning and served with eggs and bacon.

Bake in the microwave the number of potatoes you need.

Sautee in a frying pan thinly sliced bell peppers and yellow onions.

Cook them in olive oil.

When the potatoes are ready, cut them up into bite-size pieces. Mix them up in a bowl and add the cooked peppers and onions. Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and seasoned salt. Add olive oil and a teaspoon of white wine vinegar. 

Heat the mixture in a large frying pan when ready to serve. 

Guacamole Italian Style

Guacamole dip is a popular food in Southern California. Here is a recipe you won’t find in a restaurant, but which is tasty.

Mash some avocados in a bowl. Leave the mix chunky.
Add chopped tomatoes and chopped white onion.
Add juice from a fresh lemon.
Add a little white vinegar.
Add salt, pepper, seasoned salt and garlic salt.
Serve with robust chips.