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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Chef’s Husband on a Diet—No, Really

I was reluctant to start writing this blog for a number of reasons, specifically: The premise seemed a bit hokey. After all, Denise did a long-running blog about herself on a diet, which was interesting, entertaining, and well liked, but that’s because she’s the chef and a good writer. I wondered, “Is anyone really going…

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Savoring the Season: The Gift of Good Eating

It’s probably no surprise that this season when Christmas trees get trimmed is also the time when waistlines get expanded. But by following a few guidelines, it is not too difficult to enjoy the celebrations of the season without packing on the pounds. Enjoying holiday cheer is good. Repeatedly saying “Cheers” and knocking back cocktails…

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Celebrity Corner

Chef Denise is helping her friend Stacy Francis, finalist on The X Factor, lose weight. Watch Wednesday and Thursday and vote for Stacy! http://www.thexfactorusa.com/vote

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Beat the Heat with Mango Salsa

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here, but that’s just the way things go: When I’m too crazy-busy in the kitchen, the blog just doesn’t make the cut. This time, however, I’ve decided to just bite the bullet because I couldn’t let the scorching heat wave of last week wreak…

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Spring into Summer

I’m just now thawing out from my winter’s hiatus from blogging, and I have the perfect recipe for anyone looking for a tasty way to celebrate spring. I’m not crazy about salads in cold weather, but when things start to heat up, there’s nothing better. I find this Red, White, & Green Salad recipe that…

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