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Ten Weird Things That Are Not Vegetarian

 I spent 3 years as a vegetarian, and at the time it seemed simple. Eat things that aren’t animals. I didn’t think much more about it. It wasn’t until years later, while trying to cook for my vegetable loving friends that I have actually become acquainted with how many products that I assumed were animal […]

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How To: Make Pickled Jalapenos

Jalapenos are abundant right now, but that’ll change very soon, when fall starts to chill the fields. I love the brightness of fresh jalapenos, but pickled jalapenos are a staple. Once I figured out how incredibly easy and cheap it is to make my own, I’ve never gone back. I even learned how to water […]

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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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Strawberry Granita with Candied Mint Leaves

  I’m so excited to tell you that I’ve been asked to be a Brand Ambassador for California Strawberry Commission. Given my complete love of strawberries, this is fantastic for me. To be honest, I’ve been asked to be a brand ambassador before but it was never a good fit, I ended up turing other […]

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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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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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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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Perfect Skillet Roasted Potatoes

Have you ever had one of those “What Would You Want Your Last Meal To Be?” conversations? I have. Partially because I’m a touch more morbid than most, and partially because I think about food nearly constantly. Also, between food writers, food bloggers and chefs, I hang out with quite a few food people and […]

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Mirin Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

I’ve reached a goal of sorts, and I wanted to tell you about it. When I started this blog in 2011, it was as a direct response of having to put my 4 month old in the arms of stranger, turn around, and drive to an office.  I love my job, and I love my […]

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Negative Calorie Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower Soup

  I heard this theory of negative calories foods about a year ago. And while this idea would be a dream come true, I’m not actually convinced of it’s validity. The theory is that some food cost your body more energy in calories to consume and digest than the food actually contains. Take celery for […]

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