Cheesy Italian Grilled Zucchini Boats, and Floating Along On The Waters of Life

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The waters of life constantly ebb and flow. There are times that we float around in the calm stillness, where barely a ripple can be found as the sun shines down on the surface, sparkling and twinkling a mesmerizing tranquility that almost lulls us into dreaminess; and then there are times when our little boat—our being-ness—finds its way into more turbulent waters, where the waves lap and come up over the edge, a bit too close for comfort, and the clouds move in casting a cool, ... {more please!}

The Reuben “Roll”, A Grill’s Take On A Tasty Deli Sandwich

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Just a few weeks back, we got a spankin' new, outdoor gas grill. Our old one had been on its last legs for a while now, and so we thought it best to put it out of its misery and send it off to “grill heaven” where it could frolic with other rusty-grated and barely-smoldering old-geezer grills. The one we have now isn't a fancy-shmancy expensive behemoth (which I'll admit are pretty darned awesome if you have the space plus droves of family members/guests to feed—we ... {more please!}

Zesty Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos, and a Little Edible Magic

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Have you ever thought about just how “magical” cooking really is? Just consider: cooking is taking a number of items in their unprepared—or raw—state, combining them in unique ways (with healthy sprinklings of love, of course); and then putting them through a process of change that makes them completely different. And if done successfully, what you've preapred is utterly delicious. As a personal chef and recipe developer, purchasing bags and bags of fresh produce and other culinary items is par for the course; and I've more ... {more please!}

Apricot-Pineapple “Sticky” Chicken, All Glossy And Slathered In Some Good Stuff

Apricot-Pineapple “Sticky” Chicken, All Glossy And Slathered In Some Good Stuff post image

I'm a very touchy-feely sort of person. From a young age, I have always felt quite comfortable offering someone that I know a little rub or pat on the back, or a quick peck on the cheek, if I'm more familiar with them. I love hugs, kisses and the radiating warmth of a caring touch on my own shoulder or arm, or even a playful tousle of my hair; I appreciate my hands meeting with someone else's and being clasped together in a friendly grip in ... {more please!}

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork

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There's a divine beauty in the summer season that can be experienced through our sense of taste when we place certain vibrant flavors onto our tongues so that they may awaken our palettes. And awaken them they do! The juice of a yellow lemon is at its sharpest and cleanest when tasted in the direct glowing hue of a golden sun ray; and the flavor of fresh, delicate basil is made more fully green and freshly grassy when partnered with that particularly good and tangy friend. ... {more please!}

Crispy Cauliflower Burger, and For Everything There is a Season

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The melody and the words to the famous song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds floats quietly yet pointedly in my mind as I sit here reflecting on how very quickly life seems to go by, and all of the changes that it brings along with it. My husband and I just recently had our yard slightly re-landscaped and covered with fresh green sod; and during the process it struck me, as I looked at the who-knows-how-old-by-now yellowed and thatchy grass that sat in dry clumps ... {more please!}

Tomato & Pesto Grilled Cheese, Crazy-Good Seasonal Food

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So it looks like there's going to be no getting around it: the warm weather is officially here. In full disclosure, I'm a little sad to see the coolness go, because we truly had no winter here in southern California, and I can only imagine how hot and dry our upcoming summer is going to be. (No! Say it aint so!) I'm not a fan of hot weather; can you tell? But OK, if we must welcome the warm season in, then we can at least ... {more please!}

Greek-Style Smoked Sausage Skillet Over Orzo, A Perfect Quick-n-Easy Dinner Challenge

Greek-Style Smoked Sausage Skillet Over Orzo, A Perfect Quick-n-Easy Dinner Challenge post image

When I think about the recipes that I develop, I wouldn't necessarily describe them as complicated per se; but since I'm definitely someone who loves layers of flavor and often include at least a couple of separate components within most of my dishes, I can understand that a little extra “elbow grease” is usually called for. So when I decided to present myself with the little challenge of developing a simple-yet-elegant entree using no more than 5-7 main ingredients, taking no longer than 15 minutes to ... {more please!}

Thai-Style Peanut Chicken “Spring Roll” Wraps, Spring’s Perfectly Fresh & Easy Little Meal

Thai-Style Peanut Chicken “Spring Roll” Wraps, Spring’s Perfectly Fresh & Easy Little Meal post image

I've often said that I could very easily make a complete meal out of an order of Thai-style spring rolls; I love 'em! So cool, crisp and refreshing with their shredded greens, herbaceous basil and mint, and matchstick cucumbers and carrots—chicken spring rolls with their sweet and mildly spicy peanut dipping sauce are the perfect light and healthy meal. And making them at home is quite fun and easy, the only slight hassle being grappling with the sticky rice paper; so I've got a tasty little ... {more please!}

A Creamy Mac n’ Cheese with Cauliflower & Bacon Kind Of Day

A Creamy Mac n’ Cheese with Cauliflower & Bacon Kind Of Day post image

I can't tell you how much I appreciate these cool, greyish mornings here in Southern California during this time of year when the warmish-hot, dry weather is desperately trying to take over and cement its place. The older I get, the less of a fan of the high-pressure, dry and hot climate I become; and so I very much enjoy being a spectator to the sparing match between the two opposing weather “forces”, and seeing the briskness still have a bit of an upper hand for ... {more please!}