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Easy Thanksgiving Dessert: Not Pie, but a Grape Apple Crisp

The calendar tells me Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean that I believe it. Luckily for me, my mom is hosting the big meal. This is definitely a big plus for my parents’ big move from Texas to California. Thanksgiving dinner and babysitting, of course! I am not totally off the hook. She’s […]

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Grape Upside-Down Cake with Balsamic Vinegar by

Fall in Love with Grapes with a Grape Upside-Down Cake with Balsamic Vinegar

As the days shorten and the weather cools, I am soaking in everything that I love about fall. And since San Diego doesn’t instill fall-like images of trees laden with coats of red and gold leaves, I look for fall in the produce aisle! There’s one fruit I enjoy cooking with that you may not associate with autumn: […]

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Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil by

Pumpkin Curd with Olive Oil

No cutesy halloweeny dessert treats this year from me. My house has minimal halloween decorations up, too. My poor kids are frantically figuring out their costumes on their own this year, as I told them I couldn’t help. To say that I am a little distracted is the understatement of the year. My husband made […]

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How to Make Blood Orange Infused Balsamic Vinegar by

Vanilla Ice Cream with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinegar

Fruit infused vinegars are the latest rage in the food industry. I sampled many when I was eating my way through the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show back in January (read more about that HERE). The vibrant colors and flavors are incredibly enticing, especially for a foodie like me. What sets these vinegars apart from […]

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Blood Orange Curd with White Cake by

A Touch of Sweet: Blood Orange Curd

I know what my husband is thinking. His least favorite holiday is just around the corner. Of course, in all honesty, I doubt Valentine’s Day has even crossed his mind. Not that I am throwing the hubby under the bus. We do not really celebrate Valentine’s Day, although last year he surprised me with flowers. […]

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Lemon Cake with Basil and Pomegranate

Holiday Gift Idea and a Lemon Cake with Basil and Pomegranate

When it comes to gift-giving, I tend to be a procrastinator. I know some people have all of their holiday gift shopping done way before November rolls in. I am definitely NOT one of those people. When my kids were little and they didn’t pay too close attention to the latest and greatest toys out […]

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Purple Sweet Potato Pudding by

Thanksgiving Dessert: Purple Sweet Potato Pudding

Did the title get your attention? Did it make you want to read this post or did you think there was a typo?!! I always like to mix things up and throw in something wild out there for my friends and family to try. My daughter was watching me make this pudding and commented, “Mommy, […]

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Caramel Apple Bundt Cake by

Autumn Flavors: Caramel Apple Bundt Cake

  We are anxiously awaiting for fall weather to hit San Diego – not that we are in a rush, as we only recently experienced summer weather. But, I suppose I’m in the Autumn Mood, since I have seen pumpkins and Halloween crap decorations in the stores since July! Pinterest is full of pumpkin recipes, halloween […]

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Fig Puffs by

Fig Puffs and the San Diego Fig Festival

Although I am sad to see summer go, I am happy to welcome fall and the wonderful fall fruits and flavors that come with it. One of my family’s favorite jewels of autumn is the fig. Figs are so under-appreciated here in the US, but for those of us from the Middle East and Mediterranean, […]

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Feel the Heat: Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies

Those of us on the west coast and southwest US are pretty fanatical about our chiles. I grew up in Houston, attended the University of Arizona and lived in Florida and now California. I was always exposed to spicy food, but never really cared for it. It was only recently that I decided to shed […]

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