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Idaho Potato Harvest Tour 2014 #IdahoHarvest by FamilySpice.com

Idaho Potato Harvest Tour 2014 #IdahoHarvest

When my kids were little, it was important for me to teach them that the food we eat doesn’t miraculously show up at the grocery store. My husband and I tore up a patch of grass and started a garden. It’s a modest garden, which has been ignored and neglected in that past year as the California […]

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Olive Oil Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce

I have been MIA in September as I have been busy with travel and events revolving around my new olive oil cookbook. It’s good to be busy, but it certainly is challenging as my three kids are used to me being around when they are home. I have done my best to balance blogging and personal life, but […]

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Cookbook Tour thru Northern California

Before summer ended, my husband came up with the idea of a road trip. We would drive up to Northern California on a cookbook tour. We would promote and sell the new olive oil cookbook I cowrote with Mary Platis/California Greek Girl, Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil. We wanted to visit San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Napa, Sonoma and end […]

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Olive Oil Cooking Classes with Video by FamilySpice.com

Olive Oil Cooking Class and Demos

  Last week I had tremendous fun teaching an olive oil cooking class with my partner Mary/California Greek Girl. We prepared three recipes: an appetizer, a salad and a dessert. Our participants were knowledgable about extra virgin olive oil, but they all told us that they learned a lot from us. We tasted beautiful extra […]

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Top Food Trends for 2014 at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show

A week ago I had a great time eating my way through the booths and exhibits at the 2014 Fancy Food Show. If you ever have the opportunity to attend this event, you MUST go! Thousands of booths featuring chocolate, pastries, salami, cheese, bread, olive oil, vinegars and everything in between are present here. And […]

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

A Visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano

After splurging on a big vacation earlier this year to Hawaii, this summer has been rather ho-hum for the family. And I’m not complaining. I am super appreciative of my  hard-working hubby and the privilege and sacrifice we make so I can stay home with my babies. And that means making the most of our […]

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California Farms and the Water Crisis

A few years ago I convinced my husband to dig up some of our lawn so we could have a vegetable garden. I wanted to teach our kids that food doesn’t magically appear at the grocery store. Last week I shared with you some of our successful summer harvest, but we didn’t grow enough to replace […]

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What’s Growing in the Garden

The family veggie garden is doing well this summer. We’ve had a few little hiccups like unknown pests and dying tomato plants, but we seem to have reached a turning point.  I planted 7 tomato plants this summer, some cherry sized, some mega huge, ranging in colors of purple, yellow and red. Why so many? […]

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Brunch Smackdown at Mister A's

Brunch Smackdown at Mister A’s

You get a lot of pitches and emails from PR firms when you are a food blogger. Some of them pay, most of them don’t. A lot of them are just outright ridiculous and you hit the delete button without responding. But when I was asked to go to a fabulous restaurant here in San […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever

I moved to California over 15 years ago. And since my roots have nestled deep into this state, I have come to realize that there are wonderful benefits to living in this great state – and there are cons, too. But, I won’t dwell on that right now. One of the many reasons I love […]

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