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Asian Clam Chowder with Oyster Mushrooms by FamilySpice.com

Asian Clam Chowder with Oyster Mushrooms

I cannot believe that I am just about done with week 4 of my Mushroom Ambassadorship for Mamavation’s 30-Day Mushroom Challenge. It has certainly been a whole lotta fun cooking with (and eating!) all kinds of mushrooms for the past month. The hubby and I always adored mushrooms and we have at least one child as a mushroom […]

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Portobello and Asparagus Quiche by FamilySpice.com

Let’s Do Brunch: Portobello and Asparagus Quiche

It is officially April and spring is here! Southern California is finally getting some much needed rain and our garden is prepped and ready for us to begin planting. We are entering my favorite months of the year, Spring through Summer. The days are getting longer. The sun is shining. I can feel my winter […]

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Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms by FamilySpice.com

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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Low Carb Snack: Baked Jerusalem Artichoke Chips by FamilySpice.com

Low Carb Snack: Baked Jerusalem Artichoke Chips

My week started off fantastic! I went to the gym, worked out, felt energized, cooked up a storm, cleaned up a storm – I was on a roll! Then Middle Child came home from school sick – super bad cold. BAM! Home for three days. I began to feel his cooties creeping into my system […]

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Roasted Balsamic Vegetable Salad

Happy Spring! Last Thursday around 10am PST Spring arrived. It is also Norouz and the Persian New Year. The family and I were busy getting the house in order (hence the origins of “spring cleaning”) as we had a big family dinner to celebrate Thursday night. Needless to say, my workouts with Mamavation were a […]

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Leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Quinoa by FamilySpice.com

Leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Quinoa

Although I am busy getting my  house ready for Norouz with our haft sin and house cleaning, I can’t forget that there was another holiday most people celebrated yesterday. Although I am not Irish,  I do get excited about corned beef – especially all the leftover corned beef we accumulate the day after St. Patrick’s […]

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Pork Tenderloin with Crimini Mushrooms and Port Sauce by FamilySpice.com

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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Norouz Twist on Kookoo Sabzi (Persian Herb Quiche with Chard and Kale)

In a blink of an eye, winter is almost over (well, for most of us) and Spring is around the corner. March 20th marks the first day spring and the first day of the Persian New Year (Norouz). I decided to grow my sabzeh this year for our haft sin, as my mother-in-law is still in […]

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Italian Stuffed Artichokes by FamilySpice.com

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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How to Make Blood Orange Infused Balsamic Vinegar by FamilySpice.com

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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Cocktail Hour: Citrus White Sangria

I will not complain about the weather, but I am extremely anxious for winter to end and for spring to begin. I know I have nothing to hate about winter here in San Diego. We are  not buried in snow or ice or suffering from  single digit temperatures. It is not the winter weather that […]

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