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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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Persian Chicken Kabob (Kabob-eh Morgh) by FamilySpice.com

Persian Chicken Kabob (Kabob-eh Morgh)

There used to be a time when no one in the U.S. heard of “kabobs.” When I grew up in Houston, for example, the nearest Persian restaurant was an hour away. No bamboo skewers were to be found at the grocery store. Making kabob at home was a lot of work. Especially without skewers! But […]

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Roasted Grape Lemonade for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

In a world where it seems that bad news is everywhere you turn, we sometimes have to look harder for the rays of sunshine. One of those beaming rays of light is Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Since its inception, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised over $80 million for childhood cancer, and has funded more than 450 research projects […]

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Raspberry Cucumber Endive Boats for #BerryMonth

I love entertaining over the summer. The weather is beautiful, the days are long and we are totally living California Casual. We meet friends at the beach for potlucks or chill out poolside and barbecue. Kids are having a blast and the adults are able to relax. I am all over easy entertaining, and the summer […]

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How to Make Watermelon Juice

I don’t know about you, but we consume massive quantities of watermelon during the summer months. I love that it is so kid-friendly and easy to share with friends. It is also packed with water, so it keeps us all hydrated while we are sweating it out in the heat. Today is National Drink Watermelon Day and […]

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Chicken Banh Mi by FamilySpice.com

Chicken Banh Mi, Po Boy, Sandwich… Whatever

Before Subway sandwiches hit it big, I was the sandwich queen. When I was a kid, I added oil and vinegar to sandwiches way before I ever walked into a real deli. My brother was my number one fan and always asked me to make him a sandwich when he saw I was making one for […]

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Peach, Crab and Avocado Salsa by FamilySpice.com

Peach, Crab and Avocado Salsa

  There’s nothing like returning from a two week “vacation” and assimilating yourself back into your normal routine. My vacation wasn’t off to some far, exotic locale. It was a two-week road trip from San Diego to Houston with my dad, three kids and a puppy. I must be a masochist signing myself up for […]

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Chocolate S'mores Smoothie by FamilySpice.com

Chocolate S’mores Smoothie to Kick Off Summer

Most of the time, what I find in the produce aisle inspires me in the kitchen. And with summer here, inspiration can be found everywhere. My favorite season, hands down, is summer. I love the warm weather, the laid back schedule and all of the fun summer foods my family and I enjoy during these […]

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Pork Sausage Fried Brown Rice by FamilySpice.com

Pork Sausage Fried Brown Rice

The final days of school are here. Middle Child is graduating from elementary school this week. That means I will have two middle schoolers this fall. My heart is breaking. Where did the time go? It wasn’t that long ago I was drowning in diapers, bouncy balls and hot wheels. And lack of sleep. Wait, […]

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Olive Oil Cooking Classes with Video by FamilySpice.com

Olive Oil Cooking Class and Demos

  Last week I had tremendous fun teaching an olive oil cooking class with my partner Mary/California Greek Girl. We prepared three recipes: an appetizer, a salad and a dessert. Our participants were knowledgable about extra virgin olive oil, but they all told us that they learned a lot from us. We tasted beautiful extra […]

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Happy Hour: Blackberry Black Devil with Olive Oil

Holy cow, we have two weeks until summer vacation and our road trip to hell, um, Texas. Yes, I’m taking the 3 kids, our puppy, my dad  and a few hundred cookbooks on a 2-week road trip to Houston and back. The original goal was to help my parents move to San Diego. But, I […]

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