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Paprika Shrimp and Sausage Quinoa Paella

Life’s funny, isn’t it? One minute you’re sitting there enjoying a nice Mother’s Day breakfast that your husband made you, and the next minute you’re talking to The Today Show and agreeing to take a last minute flight to JFK so that you can stand behind a podium for 3 minutes and pretty much say […]

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Salt Roasted Whole Fish with Grilled Artichokes

It’s been a strange few weeks for me, cooking wise. I’ve been getting back to the food I love, remembering why I ever picked up a whisk in the first place, challenging myself as a cook and remembering the food I fell in love with. If you follow my other blog, you are aware of […]

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The Perfect Breaded Pork Chops with Merlot Onion Cherry Jam

I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of pork chops. That being said, if I’m going to eat a pork chop, it better be a damn good pork chop or I’d rather just have take out. Over the years I’ve figured it out, mostly after receiving an unsolicited shipment of […]

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Cheap Eats: Rosemary Potato Tart (Serves 4 for $4.87)

I started a Cheap Eats section of my blog because I wanted dishes that were good enough for a dinner party, but didn’t cost a lot. It was a challenge to myself to create dishes that I’m so proud of I want to serve to company, but that will serve 4 people for less than […]

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Grill Pan Pizza

      Grill pan pizza! Have you done this yet? It’s amazing, you need to add this to your weeknight meal ideas. Outside of the dough, which you can buy at markets like Trader Joe’s and Fresh & Easy, it takes about 10 minutes and it’s amazing. Pizza in your grill pan! If you […]

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Cheap Eats: Roasted Chicken, Green Beans and Potatoes Feeds 4 for $10

      I’ve made a decision. I am going to redefine the word “rich”. When I was a kid, we didn’t have a lot of money, on our best months we lived pay check to pay check. I vividly remember standing in line at a Stater Brothers Market as my mother rapidly added the […]

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Mexican Galette with Roasted Red Pepper, Black Beans and Avocados

    I met a lady at the grocery store yesterday who was 92. She was fabulously healthy and spry, you would never have known she was born in the 1920’s. We started to chat about my daughter. After a few minutes she said, “You’re a good woman. I can tell. And you’re a good […]

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Creamy Kale Pesto Pasta

  Have I told you yet that I finished my book this week? Well, mostly finished. There are still  a few more stages, a back and forth that is still yet to be had, but I sent the manuscript with 65 photos to my publisher. I’m still dealing with momentary panics, the nightmares of ingredients […]

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Caprese Soup

    Did I ever tell you about the time I though I’d invented Caprese salad? I threw myself into cooking in college, and although I wasn’t really all that great at it, I was the only one who was doing it, so people ate it. I made an apple pie that I forgot to […]

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Pasta Cavatelli: Homemade Pasta Without A Pasta Roller

I love hearing other peoples Culinary Bucket Lists. It’s always a really interesting mix of classic recipes, mastering techniques, and difficult dishes. I love that, it shows range. But seriously people, start crossing some of this stuff off. You can do it. Just jump right in, and do it. This is a great recipe for everyone […]

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