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!}

Lemony “Sunshine” Cheesecake Bars, and Putting a Little Light Into Our Lives

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A lemony dessert just makes me want to smile. It also makes me want to pucker up and then perhaps even use that very pucker to smooch someone, and tell them that I love them. A sweet and tangy lemony treat brings out the kid in me; it brings out my innocent side, my whimsical self that wants to finger paint and draw silly faces and big, bold and brightly yellow-gold suns with long reaching, arm-like rays that mischievously tickle the people below. A lemony summertime ... {more please!}

Grilled Summer Veggie Dip, Boldly Going Where No Dip Has Gone Before

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My hubby and I are both dip-a-holics. We love cool, creamy dips; hot and cheesy dips; hummus-style dips and everything else in between that we can plunge a little toast-round, cracker, chip or fresh veggie spear into. And with summer's garden bounty here tempting us to think outside the box when it comes to using all that it has to offer us, we're craving bold, smoky flavors inspired by grilling, coupled with eye-popping colors and cool, creamy textures that can be whirled together into some glorious ... {more please!}

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

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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!}

“Velvet Elvis” Cupcakes, A Sweet, Nutty Treat Worth Going Bananas Over

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Supposedly, Elvis Presley was my first crush. My parents love telling me stories of how when I was two years old, I would sit in utter rapt attention, my eyes fixed in a mesmerized gaze, anytime the literally-larger-than-life rock icon would appear on the television screen. It seems I had some strange obsession; perhaps it was the groovy music, his shimmery and bright outfits, or maybe it was that fantastic charisma that he oozed, but my little toddler brain was magnetically drawn to him. Funny enough, ... {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!}