A Cool Appetizer for your next Party!

Want to serve something healthy and refreshing at your next get together? Here is a super cool idea! This recipe is so simple and presents beautifully. You can prep it ahead and plate it just before your guests arrive. It is healthy and low in calories so it won’t have your guests leaving feeling overstuffed! Salmon Sashimi Spoons! Purchase sushi grade salmon at your local … Read more A Cool Appetizer for your next Party!

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A Modern Twist to the Intoxicating Flavors of Morocco

Looking for inspiration for my upcoming Moroccan themed party, I booked us for dinner at Mourad Lahlou’s restaurant; Mourad in San Francisco. A native of Marrakesh, Mourad opened his first San Francisco restaurant called Aziza, earning him a Michelin star. His newest restaurant, Mourad is a modern interpretation of a cuisine deeply rooted in the past. Their food showcases the rich and vibrant flavors of Morocco with a modern twist … Read more A Modern Twist to the Intoxicating Flavors of Morocco

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Fruit isn’t only for Breakfast and Dessert!

  I received the most amazing apricots in my Talley Farms CSA box! They are a perfect combination of tart & sweet. Left on the counter to ripen for only a day, they became tender yet not mushy – the perfect texture! Being my creative self, I wanted to do something different than just snacking on them or cooking them in a tart or pie. So … Read more Fruit isn’t only for Breakfast and Dessert!

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Carbs that are Good for You!

Not all carbs are bad for you.  If you want to get the most from your workouts and train at your peak, quality fuel is critical. Carbohydrates are your body’s preferred fuel source. In addition the need for carbohydrates is not limited to the body. Glucose from carbohydrates is the fuel the brain uses to produce the energy that moves and motivates you.  According to Dr. Carol … Read more Carbs that are Good for You!

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Keeping it Simple!

I have been so busy lately with events and travel that I have been trying to keep things simple in the kitchen. What I have found is that it can be very rewarding to make uncomplicated dishes with minimal effort when they still taste awesome! I’ve been perusing through “The Lemonade Cookbook” lately and have adapted several of their recipes that have turned out quite well. A … Read more Keeping it Simple!

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Move over Lasagne and make room for Ricotta Pie!

Ricotta cheese, eggs and Parmesan are a typical combination used in creating lasagne. Seriously, they work really well together. But they don’t need to be relegated exclusively to that dish. Throw out the pasta and add in some veggies and herbs and now you’ve created a yummy crustless pie that serves well as a side dish or light main entree. For my vegetable grouping, I sautéed leeks, Shitake mushrooms and … Read more Move over Lasagne and make room for Ricotta Pie!

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Toss Your Old Carrot Cake Recipe, This One Takes The Cake!

Carrots, carrots, carrots – what to do with all the carrots! When your vegetable drawer is overflowing with carrots, there’s nothing else to do but make carrot cake. Tired of that same old cream cheese frosted standard recipe? Well you’ve come to the right place. Here is the most amazing recipe for a feathery light, luscious & creamy, yet lightly sweetened four layer carrot cake … Read more Toss Your Old Carrot Cake Recipe, This One Takes The Cake!

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Rancho Pinot in Scottsdale Stands the Test of Time

For 22+ years, Rancho Pinot has been serving the community of Scottsdale gourmet American comfort food. Chef Chrysa Robertson combines her love of food with her Northern Italian heritage to create a satisfying dining experience for her guests. Her resume includes working with some of the greats such as Nancy Silverton and Mark Peel in Napa Valley, California. In 2011, Chrysa won the “Chef Extraordinaire” award from the Arizona Culinary Hall … Read more Rancho Pinot in Scottsdale Stands the Test of Time

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I’m a Fan – Citizen Public House in Old Town Scottsdale!

We lucked out hitting Arizona Restaurant Week during our stay while helping our son move into his new house in Scottsdale. I asked him to select a few restaurants on the list for us to try and I’m pleased to say, he hit a couple of home runs! Our first endeavor was in Old Town Scottsdale at a classic American fare restaurant called “Citizen Public House.” … Read more I’m a Fan – Citizen Public House in Old Town Scottsdale!

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