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Caramel Pear Galette-and an Ode to CA Grown Food

Thank you to California Grown for encouraging me to connect with California growers and encouraging California consumers to “Choose California Grown” when they can. I know it’s really winter when I stop eating fruit. Spring through summer we can’t get … Continue reading

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Crunchy Like Granola

I go through periods of being cereal obsessed. And my girls are definitely cereal lovers. When given a choice between French toast and cereal the other morning, I had one throw a fit over not having her bowl of goodness. … Continue reading

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Brownies: Part Two or The Ones That Got Me Fired

There is a dark side to brownies. And I don’t just mean chocolate. The brownies for today are as rich and decadent as they are dream killing…no not really. My first job in the “back of the house” that is, … Continue reading

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Brownies: Part One

I’ve been having fun lately reconnecting with old friends through the magic of Facebook. Although I lived in the same town from 3rd grade through high school graduation, I haven’t done a good job of staying in touch with the … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooker Tuesday: Saag Paneer

It’s hard to live in San Jose and not have a love affair with Indian food. It’s all over. From all over India. And it is very very good. I fell in love with Indian food in my late teens. … Continue reading

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Lemon Bars

I kind of have a black thumb. Maybe not really black, but I tend to plant and forget–until it’s too late. It’s a good thing John really picks up my slack in the gardening arena or we’d have a pretty … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooker Tuesday: Pork Chili *Almost* Verde

Even the best laid plans can go awry. My plan was to make a big pot of pork chili verde, a mildly spicy pork and tomatillo-based stew. I thought I had the correct ingredients, but it turns out I was … Continue reading

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Blueberry Cornmeal Scones

You know that moment when your mouth/head connection gets going and you want something good to make and eat? And you know just how it should be, so you go looking around for a recipe, certain that someone before you … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooker Tuesday: Holy Molé

Back when I was in cooking school, I took an amazing food and wine pairing class. It was held during the evening in the main, huge kitchen. We’d team up to tackle a stack of recipes from around the world … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooker Tuesday: Sloppy Joe’s

A while back we started buying cows. Well, chunks of a cow nicely butchered and vaccu-sealed. We’re not big meat eaters, but I wanted to start eating a better quality meat when we did indulge. So we locally sourced some … Continue reading

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