Archive | 2011

Salted Caramel Pecan Linzer Cookies

Salted Caramel Pecan Linzer Cookies

I’m reading What Alice Forgot. It’s about a woman who has no memory of the past ten years of her life. She thinks she is a blissfully in-love newly wed, pregnant with her first child when she is really a mother of three going through a nasty divorce. And she isn’t proud of the type […]

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Santa Hat Cookies & Why I Hate Santa

I guess HATE is too strong, but I don’t like Santa. Except maybe this Santa. He’s awesome: (Photo taken by my brother-in-law, and Hawks fan, Austin Metz) It all started years ago when I was working at a group home with teenage foster and probation kids in South Central Los Angeles. I know, the white […]

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Baked Apple Rings: Healthy Indulgence

Baked Apple Rings: Healthy Indulgence

Another healthy post! We have to have ways to indulge and still enjoy. Of course, after I made these little 35 calorie rings of goodness, I smothered them in caramel sauce. Not quite as healthy. I had some leftover from Thanksgiving, so it was more like recycling.  These are also a great treat for kids. […]

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World AIDS Day & ATrue Story Of AIDS In An Elementary School

World AIDS Day & ATrue Story Of AIDS In An Elementary School

The Oldest Soul in the School Yard In 1985 AIDS had formed the perfect storm of mass hysteria. A catastrophic cocktail of ignorance, death and wild-rumors-routinely-reported-as-fact on the Nightly news had whipped the world in to a wide eyed, froth mouth frenzy. We were all going to die, it was air born now, right? It […]

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

I get asked a lot of questions as a food blogger. Some are about food. Some are about blogging. Some are more personal. But one of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do you stay so skinny when you cook so much food?!” First, it’s hard. Really. Work, being a mom, a […]

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Black Garlic Brioche Rolls

Black Garlic Brioche Rolls

I have a pretty serious garlic addiction. Which turns out, is a good thing. A great thing even, garlic has a ton of health benefits. (Here is the part where I spew a bunch or nearly useless facts like the true food geek that I am).  First of all, it protects you from cold and […]

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Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce & 3 Ways to Use the Leftovers

Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce & 3 Ways to Use the Leftovers

Of all the Thanksgiving foods that I am asking you to make from scratch, and not out of a can, cranberry sauce is by far the fastest and easiest. It takes almost as much time to try and slop that phallic shaped, hideously ridges gelatinous mass onto a crystal serving dish as it does to […]

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How To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers: Candied Yam Empanadas

How To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers: Candied Yam Empanadas

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday because gratefulness is such an underrated personality trait. I wish people admired that quality in others like they admire shoes and jewelry and waist size. “She is SO grateful! I wish I had that.”  We should start the day that like. Before we ever get out of bed, list the […]

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Crab Cake Mini Muffins

Crab Cake Mini Muffins

You always have fun when you’re eating crab cakes. Actual fact. But, here is the thing about crab cakes: Lots of work. I made Wolfgang Pucks recipe once and it took me about an hour. They were really incredible, so if you ever get your hands on some really amazing, fresh, never touched a can, […]

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Top Five Best Classic Pies: Reinvented

Top Five Best Classic Pies: Reinvented

  A pie post for you. I feel a little guilty about this, even though I know this is super valuable information if you were, in fact, the person who was chosen to bring the pie this year. Usually, I spend all weekend cooking, baking and photographing to present to you 3 solid posts each […]

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