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Make Your Own Soup Stock

I will admit to rolling my eyes a little years ago at Ina Garten when she pulled out homemade stock for the recipes on her show. “Store bought is fine” was definitely my mantra and I couldn’t understand why someone would take the time to make something purchased so easily. That is, until I realized how much easier it was to make your own! It’s also less expensive, more flavorful,…

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Blog Recipes/ Side Dishes

Coconut Rice

A unique and easy side dish, savory coconut rice pairs well with Thai food and tropical dishes. Learn how to make it on

This post edited July 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. I re-make and re-shoot older recipes to better showcase how wonderful they are! I have a “thing” with Thai food. Actually, I kind of have a “thing” with a lot of different types of food! Thai has always been one of my favorites though because I adore the layering of flavors in well-prepared dishes, especially when you find…

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Appetizers & Party Snacks/ Blog Recipes

Salsa 101: A Test Kitchen Success!

Until yesterday, I’d never made salsa in my life! As far as I was concerned salsa came out of a jar or the refrigerated section at the grocery store deli. Not until my adult life did I even know anyone who made salsa from scratch. Granted, I also thought Taco Bell was at least slightly authentic. South Florida doesn’t expose you to very much in the way of Mexican food.…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Manchego, Chorizo and Spinach Quiche

Easy Spanish Chorizo, Manchego, Spinach Quiche with an olive oil crust. With only minutes of active prep time, you can create an impressive dish perfect for a light meal. Get the recipe on

This post updated August 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project.   This past Saturday was the annual recital for Garcia Dance Studio. The studio has over 200 students and the spring recital is always a sold out event, even with two shows. There’s always a break between afternoon show and the evening show, and most dancers, famished after being at the theater since the morning for run through…

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Blog Recipes/ Salads

Garlic Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Garfield said, “Never trust a skinny chef”. I was reminded of this on three separate occasions this week when people commented that I am far too thin given the treats I bake. I promise that just like everyone else, we have to watch what we eat, even though I definitely make room for testing!  Our day-to-day diet is rather uninteresting from a blogging perspective. Whole foods, in the best quality…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes/ Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese Gone Gourmet: Bacon, Basil, Tomato with Mozzarella

Basil, Bacon, Mozzarella Grilled Cheese. A BBMT? No matter what you call it, it's delicious! Recipe on

This post updated June 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. I re-make and re-shoot an old recipe from the blog, then post the new photos along with the old photos. Did you know April is Grilled Cheese Month? Neither did I until I was wasting time on Facebook catching up on the news one morning earlier this month. Not the kind of people to let an important national holiday…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Stuffed Grape Leaves… not dolmades!

This recipe, like all good family recipes, was taught to me when I was young. No measurements, you just knew when it was right by the way the spices sat in your hand when poured from the bottle and the smell. If the smell takes me back to a kitchen table sitting with my mom, sisters and grandparents rolling leaves, it’s right. Since I can’t take you back there with…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Fresh Spinach Whole Wheat Pasta

Can you believe this is the last post I’m writing for you from our home in the Santa Ynez Valley? Next stop, Vandenberg AFB down the road. I almost didn’t have a recipe post for you because we’re trying to prepare everything before the movers show up bright and early Monday morning, but I was planning on making this pasta anyway to use up some extra egg yolks and spinach…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Turkey Spinach Lasagna

As many of you know, the Godfather and I are moving (again). We’re still going to be in Santa Barbara County, but we’re moving a smidge further north to cut the Godfather’s commute a bit. We’re T-9 days to the move and this past week I decided we probably should start using some of the perishable foods we have stored in the freezer so there’s less to move. Freezing food…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes/ Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef)

Ropa vieja is one of the Godfather’s favorite “comfort foods”. When his mother or grandmother would make extra on a day he was home, he would occasionally bring it back to the dorms celebrating that we had a few meals where we weren’t relying on good old Chartwell’s (the cafeteria management company), dining out, or whatever we could concoct in a microwave. We would eat it with leftover rice (if…

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Blog Recipes/ Breakfast/ Slow Cooker Recipes

Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal

Healthy steel cut oats in the slow cooker... with chocolate! Recipe on

The photos in this recipe were updated 6/18/2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. Pictures were shot in natural light using a Canon 40D with either a 50mm/1.8 lens or a 100mm macro. Original photo was taken on a phone… scroll down to the bottom of the post see the totally embarrassing original photo.  I just realized that I have only shared one sweet recipe on this blog! It’s only been in existence a…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes/ Soups & Stews

Weeknight Matzo Ball Soup

After a few beautiful “California winter” days, the weather just turned rainy and gray and cold and ick. Even with a vacation coming up and the intoxicating smells of challah bread coming from the kitchen, I couldn’t get over the funk I was in and I really wanted some comfort food. Had those days? Comfort food for me isn’t always about calorie-laden foods, but about smells and experiences that evoke…

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