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Grapefruit Smoothie

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There are some days realizations hit you harder than others. I had one this week as I watched my daughter start high school. In all reality I can’t believe that I am old enough to have a daughter in high school. I couldn’t possibly be that old! Honest truth- I do (have a high schooler) and I am (old enough)! Continue reading ‘Grapefruit Smoothie’

Watermelon Basil Sweet Tea

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Right now I can’t cook to save my life. It is just not possible. There are those moments in life when the wheels just come off and you free fall Don Draper style off the high rise. That’s where I am. That’s what my life feels like right now. I’ve tried to ‘pretty it up’ and put lip stick on a pig, but at the end of the day, it is still lip stick on a pig. Nothing more. Continue reading ‘Watermelon Basil Sweet Tea’

Shredded Beet & Toasted Sesame Salad- The RAW deal

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I think you know that I’m infatuated with the raw food concept. And while that may sound like an odd concept, on some level we all like raw. Summer is the ‘raw’ Mecca as home gardens and farmer’s markets bust with succulent fruits waiting to burst with sweet juices, fragrant with a lovely floral scent. But let’s be honest, I am not just talking about eating fruits raw, and while I don’t believe I am a full fledged contingent of the growing raw-food advocates group I am enjoying dabbling in it. Do I believe that raw food has more nutrients? Continue reading ‘Shredded Beet & Toasted Sesame Salad- The RAW deal’

Summer Quinoa Pumpkin ‘Risotto’

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It has been good to have time to roll-up my sleeves and cook. Many times it is those simple creations that are the most enjoyable to make. A few unusual ingredients tossed together create a memorable dish. Cooking is very forgiving, unlike baking. Improvising is the key to flexing your culinary muscles.

I recently had the chance to meet up with Chef Josiah Slone Continue reading ‘Summer Quinoa Pumpkin ‘Risotto’’

Grapefruit & Greens Ya-Yas Salad

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There are times when you think you find a friend because you believe that they need your help or support. Other times, without you realizing it, that same friend switches places with you and you suddenly realize that despite what you initially thought, they really found you. Audrey was one of those friends. While we became friends without a formal introduction from our common connection, in a most unconventional way, somehow it just worked. A friendship surfaced despite either of us really knowing much about the other. Continue reading ‘Grapefruit & Greens Ya-Yas Salad’

Guacamole Grows Up

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One year ago I had a kitchen accident, an accident that took me down a wild path of recovery and self-discovery. The outcome at a glance was very fortunate, but there is no denying that it has redefined me in many ways. Continue reading ‘Guacamole Grows Up’

Cream Cheese Biscuits

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Sometimes the way to change up a dinner is just by adding a simple side dish. Trying to survive the erratic schedule of two children involved in baseball season and still manage to sit down to a meal is easier said than done. I tend to revert back to those quick fix family favorite dinners that we all know and love. As a restless cook that tends to suck all the fun out of my creative outlet – playing with my food. So to keep engaged I’ve taken the path of adding in a little something new to each meal that can be prepared ahead of time. Sometimes it is a side dish or a dessert. This week it was the addition of biscuits. Not just any ‘ole biscuits, Cream Cheese Biscuits! Slathered with butter and served slightly warm these biscuits were the stand-out new element to my grandmother’s delicious, Continue reading ‘Cream Cheese Biscuits’

Whiskey Ketchup and Black & Purple Sweet Potato Burgers

Whiskey Ketchup and Black & Purple Sweet Potato Burgers

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Control. It’s all about control. In a world where so much is out of our control what we put on our plates is a decision over which we have control. I am not talking about being an overbearing control monger, but rather changing the perception of how we perceive food decisions that we regularly make shift from that of a dreaded chore to a radical act of self-care. Supporting one’s health is important whether you are healthy or sick. How we choose to eat directly affects how clearly we think, how quickly we recover from illness or how resilient we feel when undergoing medical treatments. Continue reading ‘Whiskey Ketchup and Black & Purple Sweet Potato Burgers’

Overnight Fruity Oatmeal Parfait

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There is something about Shasta that just clicks with me. I struggle to put my finger on the exact feeling, but as my father says, “It’s in me.” My history with Shasta pre-dates me – my grandfather and my great-uncle started coming here with my father back in 1953. Their quest was mostly to fish and to drink the sulfur water. Continue reading ‘Overnight Fruity Oatmeal Parfait’

Valentine’s Day Pickled Eggs and Beets

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Eggs are one of those sustenance foods that are riddled with meaning and used frequently for analogies. For example, trust is often compared to a delicate egg. Once broken, it cannot be easily repaired. Eggs can also symbolize Continue reading ‘Valentine’s Day Pickled Eggs and Beets’