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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 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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Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies by

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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Cherry Cola Ice Cream for the Dog Days of Summer

August is here and school is looming on the horizon. But the kids and I are still in full summer mode. I am not ready to start the chaos of school and homework. The carpooling, the volunteering, the heaps of paperwork that seems to fill my house. So we will focus on squeezing out as […]

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Persian Saffron Rice Pudding - Sholeh Zard

Persian Saffron Rice Pudding – Sholeh Zard

I never thought much about having a favorite color until I had kids. All of a sudden there were favorites everywhere. Favorite foods. Favorite movies. Favorite books. Favorite colors. The first time one of my kids asked me my favorite color, I drew a blank. I loved my soft grey tshirts, but how boring is […]

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Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Cupcakes

I promised myself I would NOT do a 4th of July post that was riddled with red, white and blue. I tried. I kept thinking up all of these concoctions and I stopped myself – mostly because I didn’t have time to sit down and work on it! To say that this summer has been […]

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