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Archive | 2009
Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

If you haven’t noticed, things have slowed down here in the Family Spice kitchen. After baking hundreds of cookies, bars and sweets for friends and family, I have reached sugar overload. I cooked and baked and cleaned and scrubbed for most of the month of December. And now I have taken a much deserved week […]

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Ina Garten’s Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Ina Garten’s Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Merry Christmas, everyone! Today is the day after of our annual Christmas Eve party. Today I will not think about the dirty dishes, the crumbs on the floor or the piles of torn wrapping paper or tissue spread throughout our family room. I will sit with my cup of Earl Grey tea, munch on leftover […]

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Holiday Meats

Holiday Meats

If you are like me, you are busy baking, cooking, wrapping, decorating or shopping! I am hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for approximately 30 guests. I’ve got guests that don’t eat pork, have allergies to pepper and garlic, and others who will eat anything! A little Persian food, mixed in with a little American tradition, […]

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Christmas Cookie Conundrum!

Christmas Cookie Conundrum!

As a foodie, I love to cook for friends and family. And I especially love to give out homemade goodies as gifts. I know it may seem time consuming, but it beats fighting it out at the mall looking for that perfect gift. I know I would rather have a box of cookies, bark and […]

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Pomegranate Soup (Ash-e Anar)

Pomegranate Soup (Ash-e Anar)

It is cold outside. I know, I know, I live in San Diego and those of you buried in snow or have temperatures below freezing want to reach through the computer and shake me! We had our first big cold front pass through last weekend. Fall, no WINTER, finally hit Southern California. When you suffer […]

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Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiot)

Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiot)

Hanukkah is here, and although part of my family is Jewish, I never celebrated this beautiful holiday. I always explained to people that religiously speaking, growing up I was confused. My Dad’s side of the family is Jewish, but he never had a bar mitzvah. When my grandfather realized that my dad was only doing […]

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Grocery Deals and Recipes: Dec. 2 – Dec. 8

Grocery Deals and Recipes: Dec. 2 – Dec. 8

I hope you all survived your family gatherings this past Thanksgiving. And if you are like me, you are spending this week detoxing and trying to the lose those extra pounds you gained from eating all week! Why do we show our families how much we love them by gorging them with food? Why can’t […]

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Turkey Tetrazzini and Other Great Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving was fabulous this year, since I didn’t have to cook and I was able to indulge on all those wonderful Thanksgiving flavors. When I make turkey and the fixings, I always make sure I have plenty of leftovers. I love everything so much that I don’t mind eating three days later! But, I do […]

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Ina’s Company Pot Roast: Barefoot Bloggers

Ina’s Company Pot Roast: Barefoot Bloggers

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Some of you spent the day in the kitchen, others spent the day on the sofa recovering from their big meal! And today, millions of you are braving the crowds, looking for deals to start your Christmas shopping. Me? I looked online and found that nothing I wanted was […]

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Pumpkin-Pecan Pie with Whiskey Butter Sauce

Pumpkin-Pecan Pie with Whiskey Butter Sauce

Four days until Thanksgiving! Yes! I know, I wouldn’t be typing this up today if I had to cook for everyone on Thursday. But, I’ve had my share of dinner parties, from a small group like two families to 70 people. I’ve cooked for foodies and kids, and made meals for picky eaters and those […]

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