Recipe: Bay Scallop Ceviche

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One of my favorite memories from childhood involves one of my family’s many summer trips to Colombia. I was about 9 or 10 years old, and we spent part of this particular trip in Medellin at my great aunts’ beautiful Spanish-style mansion (yes, an actual…

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Tip #5 – Do It Yourself!

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It’s so easy to go to the grocery store and grab an 8 oz. bag of shredded cheese for that week’s pizza or quesadillas and not think anything of it. Just as easy to grab packaged diced onions so that you don’t have to worry about crying as you chop…

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Recipe: Leek & Cannellini Bean Soup with Cous Cous

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This is one of my favorite soups to make and eat: Crunchy, slightly sweet leeks with tender cannellini beans swimming in a highly fragrant broth with just enough cous cous for added texture and heartiness. It’s a wonderful departure from many creamy soups…

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Recipe: Shrimp & Avocado Stuffed Tomatoes

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Those of you who know me well know about my almost unhealthy obsession with tomatoes. Not nutritionally unhealthy, of course, since tomatoes are packed with so many health benefits it would take an entire blog to list them all. It’s just not normal to…

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Review: Andy Nguyen’s – Sacramento, CA

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Recipe: Ahi Tuna & Legumes with Mandarin Honey Glaze

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You really can’t get anything better than some cheap and tasty vitamin C, so I bought about 2 pounds worth. Close cousin to the orange, as many of you know, the mandarin has a distinctly different flavor that is simply delightful in fresh juices &…

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Recipe: Banana Caramel Parfait Shots

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Dessert shots are all the rage in a lot of restaurants right now. I think chefs have finally realized that giant desserts are not necessary after a large meal, especially since most of the mammoth ones end up uneaten anyway. These tiny treats are a great…

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What’s In Store for January

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So things are taking off here in PGEW-land, and it’s forcing me to get a bit more organized with posts, pictures, etc. Since I also have a lot of random notes and ideas to share, I figured I’d start a new monthly feature called What’s In Store….

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Review: Happy Hour at Chops Steakhouse & Seafood – Sacramento, CA

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A coworker & I needed to let off some steam after a hectic Monday and he’d heard Chops made a mean martini, so we decided to head there. Located on 11th & L Streets in Downtown Sacramento, I marveled at how I’d never noticed that it was so…

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Recipe: Warm Breakfast Quinoa with Cinnamon Apples & Almonds

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Happy New Year, everyone! Hope everyone had a great time celebrating last night, without the residual New Year’s Day hangover. I was a good girl and didn’t have a lot to drink last night, but I still woke up craving a hearty breakfast. And with two Granny…

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Tip #4: Never underestimate the power of soup

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Clam chowder, minestrone, gazpacho, avgolemono, chicken noodle… who doesn’t like a nice steaming bowl of delicious soup? (Well, my friend Kristal doesn’t, but she’s got some weird thing about not liking hot liquids like soup, coffee, etc.) Being…

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