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White Cheddar, Roasted Garlic and Sriracha Dip

  The Tillamook cheese factory sits in a small town in the far northern corner of Oregon. A charming setting for a charming cheese factory, one that has managed to remain small in feeling while growing wide in distribution. While the cheese with the iconic ship on the package is easy to find in stores […]

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Greek Pasta Salad

      I can’t sit here and tell you that I have no idea why I love to Greek-ify things. I’ve already told you about my midnight boat experience between Italy and Greece, and the indelible moment that created in my life. More than that, it was Igoumenitsa, a port in Greece, where I realized […]

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Fried Ravioli Caprese Stacks

Back in January I very vaguely mentioned that I was involved in a Super Secret project that involved being sequestered without phone or internet for almost a week. My intention was not to be ambiguous, but to adhere to the Non Disclosure agreement I signed with Lifetime TV. Yesterday I was finally able to start […]

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Grilled Guacamole

 This grilled guacamole isn’t just a product of my grill junky status, grilling avocados is a fantastic idea and the perfect way to get some of that wonderful smoke flavors into your favorite summer dip. After all, the 4th of July is right around the corner, and next to Thanksgiving, it’s America’s favorite reason to […]

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Grilled Artichokes with Crab Filling

  My grill broke last summer. We were in the middle of a move, and I still held onto the hope that we could fix it, so it wasn’t replaced. In Southern California, grillin’ isn’t just a summer activity, it’s a year long love affair, making an entire 13 months sans grill a really long […]

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Fried Coconut Almond Shrimp with Apricot Dipping Sauce

  When I edit photos, I just pick the ones that I think are the stand outs (often only one or two) edit those, export and review what I’ve done. It wasn’t until I pulled this set up in review that I saw that it seemed to tell the story of shrimp desperation. Maybe it’s […]

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Seven Layer Hummus Dip

I wasn’t going to do a post on this, because it’s not a recipe. Not really, it’s more like assembly instructions. But then two things happened, first, I keep making it for parties, and people keep loving it. Second, I went to a goat cheese making class this weekend and was sent home with a […]

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Beverly Hills Potatoes with Pesto Butter

I’m cooking on The Today show on Wednesday. I wish I was cool enough to have a witty lead in and build up to the exciting news, but I’m just going to digitally blurt it out: I’m cooking on The Today Show, in New York, on Wednesday. I’ll be battling it out with two other […]

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Greekamole: Greek Guacamole

Did I ever tell you about the time I was on a boat halfway between Italy and Greece and had my first Greek salad? I was just out of college, completely broke, and had nearly smuggled myself on board an overnight cruise ship. Although I was supposed to stay on the lower deck, I wandered […]

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Rum Soaked Pineapple Pops

Pineapple season is here! Although it’s still a tad colder here in the US than in the tropics, it’s still completely acceptable to soak your vacation-related produce in booze. My hard liquor consumption is fairly infrequent, but lately booze has worked it’s way into my kitchen. I’m much more of a beer and wine kind […]

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