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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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Napa by FamilySpice.com

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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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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