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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holiday

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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Kale and Quinoa: A Match Made in Healthy Food Heaven

Kale and quinoa are independently soaring to the top of everyone’s healthy food lists these days. Kale is quickly becoming the queen of greens.  It’s high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and K. Quinoa (pronounced keenwa) is a healthy grain originating in the Andes region of South American and is also high in…

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A Low-Labor, High-Flavor Summer Salad for Labor Day!

As my husband Michael explained in his last blog, we’ve been reaping the rewards of our wonderful, organic tomato garden all summer. So as the season approaches its unofficial end this Labor Day, I thought I’d pass on an idea for a tomato salad that you can easily make for any barbecue you might be…

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Farm to Table: The California Chef Way

It’s been a while since Chef Denise or I have blogged about anything; it’s just been crazy busy in the kitchen. However, we do have something in its infancy stage that has us quite excited and we wanted to share it with you: We have started an organic garden that we hope to eventually expand…

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Chef’s Husband on a Diet—Wow, I Did It Again!

That’s right, folks: I’ve managed to lose another 1.5 lbs. in just a little over a month! Yes, I know it’s incredible: incredible that I could be so lame about getting serious about starting on a firm program to lose my weight. But, I’m not really in the mood to beat myself up again in…

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