Chef’s Thanksgiving Recipe: Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins

Chef’s Thanksgiving Recipe: Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and why not add in a new recipe for friends and family to enjoy! This season, Portola Hotel & Spa Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing a family favorite, Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins. So, preheat…

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Jacks Monterey Bar

Spooky Cocktails

Spooky Cocktails with an Extra Splash of BOO! The mixologists at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel & Spa have concocted some spooky cocktails recipes just in time for Halloween – each slightly ghoulish, yet scarily delicious! Now let’s get to serving up some drinks! The Ghoulish Martini ¾ oz. Vanilla Vodka ¾ oz….

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Fall Inspired Recipes by Chef Danny

Fall Recipe Feature: Mama’s Eggplant Parmesan & Sticky Toffee Pudding Fall is almost upon us and our Portola Hotel & Spa, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing two of his favorite dishes of the season. Whether you’re looking for something comforting and hearty or a sweet treat, it’s all right here! Mama’s Eggplant Parmesan Yields:…

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Turnip recipe

Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips

Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips Created by Portola Hotel Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese   Locally grown, fresh produce is in abundance in our Tri County area, and here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we love featuring the bounty of the season in all our menus, whether it be catering or in our…

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CC's Rumtini

CC’s Rumtini

Cocktail Recipe – CC’s Rumtini   Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub at the Portola Hotel & Spa is known for award-winning craft beer, but their talented bartenders also serve up some of the best specialty cocktails in Monterey, including the popular CC’s Rumtini created by Cecilia.  This martini was inspired by guests at…

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Jacks Monterey Bar & Fireplace

Toast Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Drink Recipe

Let’s toast to the season with a holiday-inspired cocktail, created by our Mixologists at Jacks Monterey, right here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Tradition may say one must give a kiss under the mistletoe, but in this case, why not a sip?!   Introducing your new favorite holiday libation – The Mistletoe   Ingredients…

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Beet salad from Jacks Monterey

Fall Recipe: Coke Farm Beet Salad

Around this time of year, we all begin planning our Thanksgiving Day/Weekend menus and sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with something new! This year, the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing one of his favorite, Fall-inspired salad recipes, featuring local, organic produce and the season’s finest ingredients. Happy cooking!…

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Fried Green Tomato

Summer Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

From the Kitchen of Jacks Monterey Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese Fried Green Tomatoes, Serves 4 Ingredients        4 each, Green Tomato, sliced 1/2 Panko Crust (see recipe below) 1c Aioli (see recipe below) 2c Chow-Chow (see recipe below) 1 bunch Italian Parsley-Chiffonade Kosher Salt to taste Black Pepper to taste Sliced green tomatoes ready for breading Directions Prepare Panko Crust Prepare…

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Fall Inspired Holiday Cooking

The holiday season always inspires me to be creative in the kitchen. I love utilizing locally sourced ingredients that epitomize this time of year and with the help of Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, my family will be enjoying one of his amazing recipes! Coke Farm Acorn Squash w/…

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Spring Vegetables

Chef’s Spring Cooking Tip: How to Blanch Vegetables

Spring is here and the bounty of local produce here in Monterey County is available in abundance. I am always looking for ways to incorporate fresh vegetables into all of my recipes (even sometimes sneaking some into my baking) and the culinary team at the Portola Hotel provided me with six quick steps to blanch…

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