Recipe: Garlic-Black Pepper Shrimp & Avocado Salad

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I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July weekend! I know I did, hanging out with mom, going swimming, and having yummy food, of course. My mom and I stuck with a south-of-the border theme and the food was wonderful, as was the company. But summer cookouts…

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What’s In Store for April

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I can’t believe April is already here! This year seems to be flying by even faster than the last, but I can’t complain because at least spring is here. Though we have a few showers in our forecast, it’s still gorgeous these days. As much as I love…

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Recipe: Old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Shots

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I’ve been dying to try this since stores started teasing me with fresh strawberries a few weeks ago. I will eat strawberries in almost any form, but one of my favorite ways to enjoy this near-perfect fruit is to make a nice strawberry shortcake.

Though…

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Product Review: Reynolds Handi-Vac

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I was planning to make my first product review about some of the food samples I’ve received from Foodbuzz.com, but I thought it’d be nice to switch gears for a bit and talk about one of the tools that helps me out quite a bit in the kitchen: the Reynolds…

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Recipe: Shrimp & Scallops over Angel Hair Pasta

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My mom’s visiting me from San Jose this weekend, and she’s had a pretty rough week. Though I’d planned to save my shrimp & scallops for a new recipe, I thought it would be nice to treat Mom to something quick and tasty for dinner after her long train…

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Recipe: Mushroom, Spinach, and Gouda Quesadillas

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Things at work have been really stressful for me these days, so as much as I want to delve into certain recipes that I have in mind, lately I’ve just wanted to make something quick and easy that requires almost no thought or effort. Not that most of my…

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Trader Joe’s 101 – The Frozen Foods Section

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Though I wanted to save this section of Trader Joe’s for last, I just couldn’t help myself. The frozen food section is probably my favorite department at TJ’s, which is extremely rare since I prefer making things from scratch. But that’s the thing…

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Recipe: Strawberry-Mango Granita

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Okay, okay, so this dessert isn’t served in a shot glass; I have violated my sacred law of tiny sweets. However, it’s almost entirely good for you and not at all rich, so I figured having a martini glass full of it was in order. Despite the cheese, I’ve…

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Recipe: Baked Potatoes with Chicken, Mushrooms & Gruyere

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I’m amazed it’s taken me this long to post something of the baked potato persuasion but I’m happy to finally get around to it. A well-dressed baked potato is probably one of the least expensive ways to have a hearty meal with minimal clean up and the…

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Recipe: Mediterranean Style Tuna Salad

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The only bad thing about the new season of spring here in the Sacramento area is that it brings a friend with it: allergy season. All the familiar symptoms are starting to rear their ugly heads right now. Still, the weather has been getting lovelier and…

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Recipe: Lemon Pepper Salmon with French Green Beans & Pan-fried Shallots

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Sometimes the simplest meals are the ones I love the most. Though it’s fun to play around with all sorts of food combos, there really is nothing like an easy, no-frills meal that takes almost no time to make. If it’s healthy, that’s even better. Luckily,…

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