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Persian Butternut Squash Stew (Khoresht Kadoo) for Mehregan

Persian Butternut Squash Stew (Khoresht Kadoo) for Mehregan

We may not be feeling it here in San Diego, but Autumn is here. In most parts of the Northern hemisphere, the weather is starting to cool and the trees are showing off their spectrum of colors. In San Diego, we typically get a final surge of heat before any of the cool temps arrive. Wellt, I was in […]

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Persian Chicken Kabob (Kabob-eh Morgh) by

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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Pork Sausage Fried Brown Rice by

Pork Sausage Fried Brown Rice

The final days of school are here. Middle Child is graduating from elementary school this week. That means I will have two middle schoolers this fall. My heart is breaking. Where did the time go? It wasn’t that long ago I was drowning in diapers, bouncy balls and hot wheels. And lack of sleep. Wait, […]

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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad by

Chicken Breast with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

My 8-year old princess is participating in a big musical theater production. It is her first time doing this. It is the first time I am doing this. I am the shy, quiet type that never seeks the lime light or center stage. Having a loud daughter who loves to sing and dance is beyond […]

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Pork Tenderloin with Crimini Mushrooms and Port Sauce by

Pork Tenderloin with Crimini Mushrooms and Port Sauce

Why is it that I never quite feel motivated to keep with my resolutions every January to stay healthy and exercise? Probably because it is cold and I have a rotation of kids home sick for a variety of ailments. This year was no different. Even worse as I was home sick with a variety […]

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Roast Turkey Breast with Black Garlic Butter from

Thanksgiving for Two? Roast Turkey Breast with Black Garlic Butter

I have always been part of a mass crowd during Thanksgiving. I am lucky to have a big, loving family always around me. But I do remember my single days, when I lived in Miami and a couple Thanksgivings came up where I wasn’t with my family. Then you get the invitations from friends who […]

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Back to School Dinner: Hatch Chile Verde with Chicken

I always have mixed feelings as summer draws to a close and the kids return to school. Summer, by far, is my favorite time of the year. My family and I savor the weather, the carefree moments and the summer menu. And of course, after a few months off of fun and sun, by the […]

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East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed

I feel like the grinch right now. My kids are in their last week of school and it’s party, party, party. Really? My sixth grader has been watching movies in almost every class, as text books were turned in last week. Really? One teacher is “still fighting it” (as the Professor puts it) and is […]

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Asian Fusion Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

The kids this week are enjoying their Spring Break. Of course, I use the term “enjoying” very loosely. It certainly isn’t as exciting as their last break back in February, where the hubby and I threw caution (and our wallets) into the wind and whisked the family to the Big Island of Hawaii. I warned […]

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Leftover Corned Beef Mac and Cheese

Leftover Corned Beef Mac and Cheese

Usually at this time of year, I am scurrying around the house, spring cleaning and preparing for Norouz and the first day of Spring. This year, I am nowhere near ready for the Persian New Year and I am procrastinating the spring cleaning for NEXT week! I broke out the corned beef early this year, […]

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