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Maple Chipotle Chicken Wings

I have to admit, I did think about adding blood orange juice to this. I have a thing for blood oranges. But, I refrained, I was afraid I’d lose all of you who aren’t as into those guys as I am. But I did fall back on my love of chipotle. We all have these […]

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Potato Artichoke and Goat Cheese Gratin

I think I need to buy a goat. And some chickens. Although I grew up on a farm, and at the time I found very little of our remote, sequestered-from-civilization-and-my-friends, life very appealing, I now want a little bit of that back. Not all of it. I want to live in the city, a big, […]

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Brown Butter Sage Hummus & And The Web’s Top Ten Hummus Recipes

There seems to be something so paltry and vapid about trying to talk about hummus when half of the United States is bracing for an epic natural disaster. Because it seems to be only in those times when the brushes with disaster get top billing in our lives that we take the time to be […]

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Broccomole: Broccoli Guacamole

  It’s broccoli guacamole. You’re skeptical, I can tell. But this is really great, and with a creaminess that was slightly shocking, I will be making this again. And, if you set a serving size at an ounce, as Livestrong is telling me to do, it’s only 22 calories a serving. And only about 250 […]

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Pizza Stuffed Pretzel Rolls

  I’m going unprocessed this month. Which, as my favorite byproduct of this exercise, has pushed me out of my grocery buying comfort zone and reminded me to wander into local bakeries and specialty food stores to rely on what they have to offer. I love supporting local mom & pop shops, and even though […]

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Jalapeno Bacon Dip

This is a Game Day win. Maybe it’s cliche but my favorite part of game day parties is the food. And the socialization. I understand football, don’t get me wrong. I played powder puff in college at the Free Safety position, I even made a girl cry once. But that’s on her, if you can’t […]

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Cheesy Potato Pancakes with Jalapeno Sour Cream

I like to throw parties, invite people over and make them feel at home. I like to make more than enough food, and for everyone to leave very full and with a take away bag of goodies. But the last time I had a little gathering at Casa De Dodd, I had overlooked my Gluten […]

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Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Goat Cheese Caprese

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! On Friday I fought a culinary chicken battle that ended with a giant foam core check with my name on it. This was my second attempt to win the Semi-Finals of the Foster Farms Chicken Cook Off, last year wasn’t my year. But this year, I won a giant check, a […]

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Coconut Cornmeal Shrimp With Jalapeno Peach Jam

  I’ve had a busy week, and my body has decided to request that I slow down. On Friday, I was asked to do a cooking segment on CBS news in Los Angeles. I’ve spent the week preparing. My husband helped me run through the segment in the evenings, and for an entire week my […]

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Smoked Olive Oil Rosemary Shrimp & A Smoker Giveaway

        This is by far my favorite giveaway I’ve ever been a part of.   I’ve secretly always wanted a smoker. Such unique flavors and no real way to get that without very specific culinary equipment. But the smokers I have always come across are so large, bulky and intimidating. Including those […]

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