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Slice of cake on a plate with full cake in the background on a holiday table.

Butternut Squash Cranberry Coffee Cake

This Butternut Squash Cranberry Cake is a total delight. Whether you’re making it to use up that leftover squash and cranberries, or whether you’re making it because it’s so delicious… it’s a great coffee cake to have on hand during the holidays. This cake essentially has four layers: Cake, streusel (crumbly topping), cake, streusel. The […]

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How To Make Pasta Without a Machine

I recently had the opportunity to make a presentation on “How to Make Pasta Without a Machine” at the Orange County Fair. For those who couldn’t make it, I wanted to share that information here. I have answers to your questions about which flour to use, which are the easiest shapes to make, and more. […]

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Bowls of avocado soup in china with slices of bread on a plate.

Chilled Avocado Soup and Remembering Barbara Hansen

Yes, this is a recipe for a chilled avocado soup – but there is a also a rich story behind it. The chilled avocado soup is perfect for a hot July day like today. It’s creamy and refreshing, not too heavy, with just the right amount of “kick.” Where did it come from? That’s the […]

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Kayaks at Fisherman's Landing in Point Loma.

Point Loma Weekend Getaway

A Point Loma weekend has just about everything you could want in a San Diego getaway. We’re talking food, drink, beach, hiking, nature, sailing, shopping, history, and more. In fact, if you’re looking for a weekend with family members who want to do separate things (like ours) but meet up at the end of the […]

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Upcycled Ice Cream

Of all of the initiatives we’ve heard about to minimize food waste, this one is probably the most delicious: upcycled ice cream. That’s right – upcycled. The iconic West Coast ice cream brand Salt & Straw has made five “upcycled” flavors for the month of June. These flavors all use some pure, fresh, and perfectly […]

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Jeanne holding board with handmade cavatelli.

Making Fresh Pasta with Italian Flour

Can you think of a better way to spend a day than making fresh pasta with friends…while in Rome? I sure can’t. And that’s why our day at the Fabiolous Cooking Day school in Rome was such a standout treat. While spending a day at the school, we learned how to make three different kinds […]

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Bowl of rhubarb, rhubarb shrub cocktail, and rhubarb shrub in a jar.

Enjoy a Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail for the Summer

What on earth is a rhubarb shrub?!? Well, a shrub is a kind of drinking vinegar that was popular in colonial times. (Although just to confuse you, the term “shrub” may also refer to the cocktail that you make with the drinking vinegar.) Next question: What on earth is a drinking vinegar?!? It’s a concentrated […]

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