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Persian New Year and Chahr-Shambeh Souri

Hopefully, in your neck of the woods, you are beginning to feel a little warmth in the air. We sure in San Diego. After a few months of much needed rain and cold, cloudy days, our week has started with beautiful warm 75ºF days. Aaaaah… And we have four more days until Spring arrives. I […]

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Ina Garten’s Individual Meat Loaves

Ina Garten’s Individual Meat Loaves

Nothing says All-American comfort food like a meat loaf. My mom likes to tell the story of the first time she made this very American dish for my dad when they were newlyweds. She wanted to show her new American husband what an excellent and sophisticated cook she was, and she was. She decided to […]

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Herb Rice with Fish (Sabzi Pollo ba Mahi)

Herb Rice with Fish (Sabzi Pollo ba Mahi)

I was at the gym the other day, pounding on the elliptical when I noticed a new segment on the t.v. above me. They were talking about S.A.D., Seasonal Affective Disorder. It has to do with mild depression that arises during the winter months, you know the winter blues, and it usually dissipates when Spring […]

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Persian New Year and The First Day of Spring

Persian New Year and The First Day of Spring

As many of you know, I am half-Iranian. I have lived in the U.S. most of my life, I act like a proud American, but I am proud of my Persian culture. I try not to think about how Iran has turned out politically, but choose to celebrate its glorious traditions and delicious foods. Spring […]

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Better-than-Brownies Chocolate Cookies

Better-than-Brownies Chocolate Cookies

I am here to admit that I have a serious addiction. I feel it is best to face my addiction, confront it and accept the fact that I have this weakness. My addiction? Yes, it’s chocolate. That and tortilla chips, but I will address that one another day! A couple weeks ago my husband asked […]

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Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi

Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi

Sometimes you need a special dish that will wow your guests, but require little work. I’m not saying I don’t like to work hard in the kitchen, but seriously, if you don’t have to…. Well, this week I had my in-laws over for dinner. And what was on the menu? The Barefoot Blogger’s March Recipe: […]

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Daring Cooks: Middle-Eastern Mezze

Daring Cooks: Middle-Eastern Mezze

Ah, the Winter Olympics are here and I must admit, this is the first year that I’ve been hooked to the t.v. watching it every possible night. Having never been a competitive athlete myself, let alone someone who would be considered an athlete, I must admire the Olympic athletes drive and nerves of steel. Which […]

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Sun, Snow and The B-52

Sun, Snow and The B-52

From what I hear on the news, they tell me it’s winter outside. Okay, but it’s hard to think about winter when it’s a sunny 75º sunny day outside. And, yes, we Southern-Californians do get sick of the sunshine and warm weather. You wouldn’t eat chocolate everyday, would you? Okay, bad example, but I think […]

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Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes

Well, I guess I was able to sneak in a sweet treat that you can make for your special Valentine! Luckily, this week’s Barefoot Bloggers recipe is for Ina Garten’s Coconut Cupcakes. I haven’t baked anything since Christmas, much to my children’s protest. After a month of indulging in sugar and chocolate, I was done […]

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

I know, I know. Valentine’s Day is 5 days away and I don’t have a post on chocolate, heart-shaped goodies or romantic meals. Well, let me tell you what happens at my house on Valentine’s Day. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have one of those husbands who likes to on and on about how he doesn’t […]

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