How to Not Be a Jerk On Valentine’s Day

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You forgot.  Or worse… forgot to CARE.  Either way, that significant other is probably expecting something on Valentine’s Day.  Pull out the keyboard – you’re going to make a “gift certificate.”

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Idaho® Potato Mini Lasagnas with Pesto and Kale ~ And A Blogger Success Story

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Why do my favorite appetizers have tasty CHEESE in them, let alone slices of potatoes?  It was at the recent "Potatopalooza" hosted by the Idaho Potato Commission and presented by Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen that I managed to consume a half dozen of these savory small bites, Idaho Potato Mini Lasagnas with Pesto and […]

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Ridiculously Easy, Best Quiche Recipe Ever

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Breakfast. Brunch. Lunch. Dinner. Meatless. Meat-lover. Drop-in guests. Comfort food. Picnic fare. Potluck. It is ridiculously easy to make quiche (and cheap!) When you serve it, people say, “I love quiche!  Why don’t I make it more often?”  Just happened to me yesterday, fed two friends lunch, and they literally did not stop raving. This […]

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The Big Salad ~ Men Love This

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There was a Seinfeld TV episode where George’s date took credit for bringing a takeout salad to Jerry’s.  She carried it in; George had paid for it. She got the credit. George was confounded. The banter was all about The Big Salad. Not the salad.  The. Big. Salad.  This isn’t that salad, but it’s what […]

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Try Making Pie Crust With Butter Instead of Shortening

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Have you ever made an all-butter pie shell?  In my teens, I was enamored with making pies.  My dad was quite skinny, an easy target for my efforts.   Since you couldn’t buy pre-made pie shells in the store back then, the first part of making a pie was obviously making the crust.  Without a food […]

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Anybody Can Install This Kitchen Utensil Rod

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Does your kitchen lack storage space for utensils?  Look at them closely — most can be hung.  Get ready for a nifty and impossibly easy craft — install a Kitchen Utensil Rod.  I made this with a spring-loaded curtain rod and some common “S” hooks.  That’s it, baby.

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Cooking Light? Try THEIR Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cooking Light Magazine — my fav. I tend to tear my issue apart more than any other periodical to try recipes.  Then guess what, they published a gigantic (500 page) book of their recipes, The New Way to Cook Light – Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today’s Home Cook.  That is a mouthful.  So […]

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Fabuleux Gift – Anne Willan’s Memoir, One Souffle at a Time AND Her Recipe for Chocolate Pear Tart

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Who doesn’t crave a show-stopping dessert, let alone a delicious read?  There are stories to delight and plenty more recipes where this came from in Anne Willan’s memoir, One Souffle at a Time, A Memoir of Food and France.  If you have a food lover on your Christmas shopping list, THIS is the gift!  To […]

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Charred Bone Marrow ~ Angels Sang When I Tasted It

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Maybe you won’t find this enlightening, as you have eaten bone marrow.  Larry and I watched a TV episode of Anthony Bordain wallowing in the consumption of a roasted bone marrow dish and we both went, ???   But now, I’ve been there myself.  Charred bone marrow appetizer.  It is, as I came to experience, […]

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Five Holiday Gift Ideas ~ Something for Every Style of Giver

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Need an idea?  Cheap?  Do it yourself?  A little pricey but nice?   Blogger Dorothy’s recent post on Shockingly Delicious reminded me to post MINE.  I really DID have a gift ideas post in the works.  Where’s my list, where’s my list?  FOUND IT — under a pile of recipe pages torn from magazines.  Here you […]

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Pumpkin Blueberry Trifle for Thanksgiving ~ True Blue Treat

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The world is shrinking. How to know? Here in California, I can buy fresh blueberries at Thanksgiving. They’re grown in Chile, the upside down seasons to ours. You can also buy frozen blueberries any old time. They work beautifully in recipes like this heavenly Pumpkin Blueberry Trifle.  Hardest part?  Wrangling a serving bowl big enough to […]

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Dining Changes Afoot at La Jolla’s Special Place ~ La Valencia Hotel

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I’m really mad at Chef Daniel Barron. He runs the kitchens at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California. I’m mad because he won’t share.

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La Valencia Hotel: Beds, Baths and Way Beyond Awesome

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This Girlfriend Getaway road trip was southbound from our Westside digs to the tony San Diego enclave of La Jolla. In a nutshell, these mini-vacations are three “women of a certain age,” hell bent on a little “me time” away from family, with an extra dose of GIRLY. Destination: the breathtaking La Valencia Hotel.

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