Super-Healthy Superfood Smoothie

With each passing day of summer, it seems Los Angeles is getting hotter and hotter. On these sweltering days, don’t give in to the gelato or ice cream craving; take out the blender instead! In just a few minutes, you can make a satisfying ice cold smoothie that simultaneously cools you down and revs you…

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Celebrating America

I’ve always loved Independence Day. As a kid growing up on the East Coast, for me, this holiday usually meant heading down with my family to my grandparents’ farm just outside of Ocean City, Maryland. We’d spend long days at the beach, with my siblings and I staying out in the water for hours until…

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A Gourmand Getaway

Although I’m the executive chef here at California Chef, a health-focused personal chef and meal delivery service, I understand and fully appreciate the value of an occasional decadent splurge. Eating right, exercising regularly, and making an effort to find sufficient time to just plain relax are rewarding habits that give us the best chance of…

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A New Chance for New Year’s Resolutions!

If you’re anything like me, you feel like you’ve just gotten your home back “to normal” after the holidays, and BAM!!! It’s February already! February! That rude fact started me on my recurring internal discussion about how can time possibly fly by so fast—and as it does, does it earn loyalty miles? (Oops, I digress).…

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Super Tasty Nachos for the Super Bowl!

If at this point on Super Bowl Sunday, you haven’t come up with a strategy for your game day snack for yourself and anyone you might be watching the game with, this is your 2-minute warning! But unlike how things work in the NFL, I not only give you your 2-minute warning, I give you…

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A warm holiday season welcome to all of you—complete with So Cal weather Santa would feel right at home with. Well, it’s that time of year again, and in what has become something of a holiday tradition, I’m re-posting a blog I did a couple of years ago that always gets a lot of comments…

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Ingredient Spotlight: Butternut Squash

This is the first of a series of new occasional features for this blog in which I’ll be highlighting a particular ingredient or set of ingredients that we’re using in the kitchen and share a little bit about why we use them. I’m starting with butternut squash today because we’ve definitely made the transition to…

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Get Nutty With Kettle Corn!

Need a quick snack to satisfy your sweet and salty cravings? Try a crazy-fast and easy recipe I adapted from the one we use in the kitchen for Nutty Kettle Corn! At only 179 calories per serving, you’ll see why this healthy snack is a favorite at home. Follow package directions to pop 1 bag…

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Reset Your Clocks—Reset Your Life!

This Saturday night (well, officially 2:00 am this Sunday morning) is time to once again set our clocks forward by 1 hour to kick off Daylight Saving Time. Although some might find it a drag to lose an hour of sleep on Saturday night, I’ve always felt this inconvenience a small price to pay for…

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Don’t Be Haunted by Ghosts of Christmas Past

We received so many “thank you” tweets and emails about my blog last year at this holiday time concerning tips for responsibly enjoying the bounty of the season that I’ve decided to re-post it here. I hope it helps one and all avoid the mistakes of the season that may have left some with a…

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