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Let’s Get Spiralized!

What’s not to love about hanging out at Williams Sonoma? Everything is so shiny and colorful and the place just smells great all the time! I decided I really needed a little bonding time in the kitchen with fellow foodies and trotted myself over to Williams Sonoma for a technique class last Sunday morning. We were going to get “Inspiralzed” and that had to be good, right? Continue reading

Cashews, the Crazy Nut!

Cashews are my favorite nut….outside of my family that is! When the “top nut”, my Dad, sent me an article on cashews I about fell over. Did you know they aren’t really a nut? I sure didn’t! They are the kidney shaped nub that grows at the end of the “cashew apple” so they are a member of the fruit family. My love of what will always be a nut to me began a long time ago. Continue reading

Modesto, CA, My Hometown!

We rolled into town for my Dad’s birthday just in time to be part of the beginning of the Summer of Graffiti in Modesto. A month long celebration of car shows, music and cruisin’ the main drag of McHenry Avenue ties to the iconic coming of age movie, American Graffiti. The writer/director, George Lucas is from Modesto and graduated from my high school, Thomas Downey High in 1962. American Graffiti touched the hearts of millions and created a kind of “time capsule” of what life was like through the eyes of American teenagers and how it was changing in that pivotal year of 1962. In fact, Universal Pictures describes the film as capturing the “heart of America’s last age of innocence.”  Continue reading

No More Moldy Berries!

Life can be very hectic. Learning to slow down, smell the roses, pick the berries is something I am working on. So many times I rush through the market grabbing the things I need to rush home and make the things I want. But there are times when I pause to look around me at all the beautiful colors nature has provided for us in our fruits and vegetables. It is the rainbow and I am grateful for it!

My Mom taught me to thunk the melons, smell the strawberries and squeeze the citrus to get the freshest and sweetest fruits. I do that to this day so when I bring my well-felt and sniffed fruit home I want it to last so I can savor every piece. Continue reading

Today’s Reason to Celebrate – Apples!

December 1st is National Eat A Red Apple Day. We all remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s true! But do you know why? Apples have a high nutritional value. The peel alone has antioxidants that can reduce the risk of some diseases and the apple is fat, sodium and cholesterol free!

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Take the Labor Out of Labor Day!

Labor Day Take the Day Off
 

Do you remember why we get Labor Day off from work? It really was more of a protest than a parade in the beginning! Labor Day was first celebrated in September of 1894 as a way to appease the labor unions and workers after the Pullman Railway Strike. Continue reading

Take It Outside!

Grill It All
 
Every since I was a child I thought food tasted better when you ate it outside. From camping trips to eating a vine ripe tomato with a shaker of salt while watering the garden, it just tasted more real outside.
 
Now the summer season is almost upon us and I am so excited to start grilling everything I can get my hands on. Grilling is not just for meats; veggies and fruit are great on the grill too! Grilling makes everything taste better and the cleanup is a breeze.

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Do You Go a Caroling?

Carolers
 
One of the things I enjoy most about the Christmas season is the Carols. Old, new, it doesn’t matter. My husband and I begin the season decorating the tree and singing to all of our favorites. My mother and I knew all the words and my husband, like my father, make up their own words.
 

That made me wonder; maybe everyone doesn’t remember the old favorites. How many do you remember? Not to worry if you don’t, the answers are at the bottom!

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Kids in the Kitchen

Cooking Kids
My friend Carolyn recently told me that she has dedicated Wednesday nights to cooking a new recipe for her family. The kids were tired of the same old things like tacos and spaghetti.  She pours through her cookbooks and cooking magazines to find a new recipe that her kids might like each week.

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