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Butternut Squash Soup with Apple, Sage & Nutmeg and Pinterest

Today is cold and rainy in Los Angeles, a rare day. I want to make a butternut squash soup recipe that I made once before. This soup is spiced, warm, and comforting. The nutmeg and sage in the soup just say winter to me. It’s the kind of soup I want to eat curled up […]

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Grilled Asian Beef Short Ribs and Clippings from the LA Times Food Section

My father-in-law Nelson keeps sending me clippings from the Los Angeles Times Food section. I get articles like “Holiday Cookie Bake-Off” and “Best Recipes of the Year.” It’s a hobby we have in common: I like to cook, and he likes to eat. The articles and recipes are always interesting to me, as the LA […]

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The Sweet/Savory Crunchy/Smooth Salad

This recipe is my favorite salad. And that’s quite a compliment coming from a carb-loving chocoholic. The secret is all the contrasting flavors and textures. The tangerines are sweet, and the white beets are savory. The avocado is smooth, and the pine nuts are crunchy. Even the aged balsamic vinegar and basil olive oil each […]

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Salmon Mousse Spread and Recipe Notes From the Past

I felt my mom’s presence today, even though she died over twenty years ago. I made her creamy, smoky Salmon Mousse appetizer recipe today for a parent meeting. First, I went to my file box of old family recipes where I found the recipe on a scrap of paper in my handwriting. This recipe is […]

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Chicken Salad Cones

These cones were a big hit with my kids. I didn’t know what to make for dinner tonight, so I elicited input from my kids. For inspiration we looked in a new cookbook that we bought on vacation in Montreal. The cookbook is Life’s A Cottage by Laurent Godbout. We all really enjoyed having dinner […]

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Homemade Dried Herbs- so easy and wow, the flavor!

Making your own dried herbs is the best cooking tip I ever received. I have a drawer full of store bought spices. I must confess that I don’t replace them yearly. Now they get used much less often since I learned how to dry my own herbs. This simple technique is the best cooking tip […]

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