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Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms by

Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

I just finished week #3 as a Mushroom Ambassador for Mamavation’s 30-Day Mushroom Challenge and boy was it a tough one. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it started off grand with a successful trip to the gym. Mondays aren’t usually our family’s favorite day of the week, but my Monday was awesome. And the week quickly […]

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Italian Stuffed Artichokes by

Signs of Spring: Italian Stuffed Artichokes

We seemed to have skipped winter here in Southern California and have been enjoying spring-like weather for months. This means that everything has been blooming, earlier than nature planned. I know this, as my allergies blew up and have remained active since Christmas! My last tomato plant never died and is full of yellow blooms. […]

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Garden Veggie Dip Mediterraneanized

Yes, I like football. No, I’m not a fanatic. Yes, I like watching the big game. No, I could care less about the Super Bowl commercials. What?! Yeah, I know. So many people say they watch the game because of the commercials. But I was in advertising. I am sick of ads and commercials. I […]

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Last Minute Halloween Appetizer: Black Garlic Butter

I find myself joining the countless others searching online and on Pinterest for last-minute Halloween ideas. Last night was spent trying to figure out a costume for my procrastinating 12-year old Professor. Yes, he went to school today as a vending machine. Luckily, the annual block party I am sharing with my neighbors is on […]

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Spider Eggs: Avocado and Wasabi Deviled Eggs by

Spider Eggs: Avocado and Wasabi Deviled Eggs

Halloween is creeping closer and my house has zero decorations up. Zero. I have asked my husband several times to bring down the huge boxes of decorations we have acquired since having the kids, but we just haven’t had the time. My neighbors are more on top of things than I, with skeletons, pumpkins and […]

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Football Munchies: Hatch Chile Dip

Yes, I am well aware that football season has not officially started. But my boys are already in the football mood with the preseason games and playing Fantasy Football with their cousins.Since my husband and I do not let these young brains play contact football, we stick with flag football. Oh yeah, fall is hear […]

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Vegetable Latkes

Vegetable Latkes and a Giveaway

Who would have thought that my 12-year old Professor would eat vegetables. This is the boy who wanted plain noodles and bland food when he was old enough to express an opinion. Now he eats broccoli, brussels sprouts and <gasp> tomato soup! It goes to show that you should never give up introducing veggies to […]

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Summer Bites: Pineapple Caprese Salad

Summer vacation is just around the corner for us. Our house is abuzz with the usual end-of-school parties, projects and field trips. And I go an get sick in the heart of the storm. Yes, timing is everything and I caught a doozy of a cold last week, which laid me up IN BED for […]

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Braised Baby Purple Artichokes with Olive Oil and Wine

Yes, it happened again this year. I’m in love. Artichoke season is upon us and the most brilliant artichokes are available, if you are lucky enough to find them. These gorgeous Baby Purple Fiesole Artichokes were sent to me by Frieda’s Produce again this spring. I gushed about them last year – along with my new […]

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Apple and Avocado Salsa

Well today we are all detoxing on our crazy Halloween block party and the sugar overload I’m sure my kids went through. Luckily, Halloween is only ONCE a year! While the kidlets are at school, I will scavenging the Halloween candy, pulling out and hiding my Whoppers and secretly donating the bulk of the loot. […]

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