Idaho Potato Harvest Tour 2014 #IdahoHarvest by FamilySpice.com

Idaho Potato Harvest Tour 2014 #IdahoHarvest

When my kids were little, it was important for me to teach them that the food we eat doesn’t miraculously show up at the grocery store. My husband and I tore up a patch of grass and started a garden. It’s a modest garden, which has been ignored and neglected in that past year as the California […]

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How to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry {Giveaway} by FamilySpice.com

How to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry {Giveaway}

I am actually a very organized person. You won’t know this when you walk into my house today. Because I was able to be a very organized person BEFORE I had kids. Some days easily spin out of control as early as 6 o’clock in the morning. And between 2 schools, 3 kiddos, scouting, blogging, dinner and […]

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Ham and Pumpkin Deviled Eggs by FamilySpice.com

Just in Time for Fall: Ham and Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

How in the world is it October?!! Wasn’t it just a few days ago my kids were home for the summer and we were chillaxing by the beach? August and September flew by super fast. I have no idea what happened. Well, yeah I do. I was traveling in August and September! And then there’s […]

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Persian Butternut Squash Stew (Khoresht Kadoo) for Mehregan

Persian Butternut Squash Stew (Khoresht Kadoo) for Mehregan

We may not be feeling it here in San Diego, but Autumn is here. In most parts of the Northern hemisphere, the weather is starting to cool and the trees are showing off their spectrum of colors. In San Diego, we typically get a final surge of heat before any of the cool temps arrive. Wellt, I was in […]

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Olive Oil Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce

I have been MIA in September as I have been busy with travel and events revolving around my new olive oil cookbook. It’s good to be busy, but it certainly is challenging as my three kids are used to me being around when they are home. I have done my best to balance blogging and personal life, but […]

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Writing Tips for People Who Can't Write by FamilySpice.com

Writing Tips for People Who Can’t Write

When I was in school, I wanted to be a novelist. I wanted to write stories, crazy stories, and I daydreamed all the time. In school, I was able to express myself rather well, at least my English teachers told me I could. My writing style was never classical, but I would find some innovative tidbit and […]

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It’s Still Summer: Red Currant Mojito

Yes, the heat wave is continuing here in San Diego. Our normally balmy 73ºF weather has been replaced with 90ºF-sticky, yucky weather. It’s so bad, that I have been running my air conditioner since July. Gasp. Seriously, this is unheard of here in San Diego. Of course, the scorching weather didn’t stop my San Diego […]

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Red Currant and Rosemary Olive Oil Scones by FamilySpice.com

Red Currant and Rosemary Olive Oil Scones

The kids are back in school and our life has returned to it’s usual chaotic schedule. Throw my husband into the mix and we have pure pandemonium in our house. Luckily, we live in near paradise. There’s nothing like relaxing in Mission Bay, toes in the sand, with kayaks and paddle boards on hand to help you […]

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Cookbook Tour thru Northern California

Before summer ended, my husband came up with the idea of a road trip. We would drive up to Northern California on a cookbook tour. We would promote and sell the new olive oil cookbook I cowrote with Mary Platis/California Greek Girl, Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil. We wanted to visit San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Napa, Sonoma and end […]

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Introducing the Egg BLT

Alas, summer break has ended in our household. All three kiddos have returned to school this week. This year caught me of guard, as I got teary-eyed seeing Middle Child walk off with his big brother into middle school. He seemed so small compared to all of the giants in the school. He’s my baby […]

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Sour Cherry Jam (Moraba Albaloo) by FamilySpice.com

Love, Memories and Sour Cherry Jam (Moraba Albaloo)

My husband loves all sour things while I tend to lean toward the sweet side. Something as simple as noon-o panir (bread and feta cheese) is eaten differently by us, too. He prefers to eat noon-o panir with sabzeh (fresh herbs). I prefer it with a dollop of  jam. In fact, I will take a jar of […]

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