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Kale or Swiss Chard Fries

    Kale what? Kale fries. Yes, I battered and fried up some kale stems, and they were delicious. So yes, Kale Fries! I usually relegate the stems from all my greens to the compost bin, but in this instance I went for something a little bit different. The stem of greens such as chard, […]

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Kale and Bacon Baked Risotto

    I really enjoy risotto. But I do not make it because I just do not have the time and patience needed to stand and stir for 45 minutes while the arborio rice absorbs the stock. Nope, not this gal. But luckily, you can make a baked risotto that tastes really, really good. I […]

Fall Persimmon Recipes

  Fall means the very short season for fresh persimmons is upon us. Which means its time to make these Fall Persimmon Recipes. Stock up now on fresh persimmons when you see them at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Some persimmons are meant to be eaten like an apple, sliced while still slightly firm. […]

Butter & Scotch Hot Toddy Caramel Corn

    This is a sponsored post from Abrams Books and the Abrams Dinner Party.    Last week I did a very informal poll in a video I made for Instagram about this great new cookbook called Butter & Scotch, named for the actual Brooklyn bar and bakery. I asked my viewers which recipe they […]

Monster Bites

    Halloween is becoming my favorite holiday. No giant meal to prepare, no pressure to buy just the right present and you can dress up any which way you want. And you get candy too. What’s not to love? These crisped rice Monster Bites are what you should really love though.  Easy to make, […]

Spiced Chestnut Soup

    Fall is here and certain flavors are starting to be used in everything from coffee to dish soap. Yes, I am speaking about the omnipresent Pumpkin Spice. It is everywhere. But it is not here. Nope. Not happening on this blog. But I know Fall is about so many other flavors. Like chestnuts. […]

Hatch Chile Meatball Soup

  When it comes to soups, I love mine chunky. Sure, a velvety Potato Leek Soup, or a Spicy Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup have their place, and are welcome on my dinner table. But I do love a soup with pieces of meat and vegetable floating around in the bowl, like this Hatch Chile Meatball Soup. My […]

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Baked Cinnamon Pecan French Toast

  “Don’t you want me baby? Don’t you want me now-ow-ow-ow?” Those song lyrics have become an earworm for me. As I edited my photos of this Baked Cinnamon Pecan French Toast, I felt it beckoning me, taunting me with its gooey goodness, teasingly whispering “Don’t you want me now?” The fact that I was hungry, […]

Raspberry Dessert Tamales

This year I did something I have wanted to do for years. I made sweet tamales! If you do not live in an area with a large Mexican population, than you probably did not even know sweet tamales even existed. I first made them with my daughter’s Godmother Victoria, who is Mexican-American, a few years […]

Crispy Sugar Cookies

Don’t you love to see beautifully decorated cookies during the holiday season? Well, these may not be the most beautiful, but they sure are delicious! I am working on a wonderful campaign from Smart & Final and The California Milk Advisory Board called “Help Our Teachers, Help Our Kids.” Students and families collect Real California […]

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