“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

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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!}

“Mojito” Grilled Chicken Salad, Inspired By a Refreshing & Summery Spirit

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You know, I'm not much of a drinker, to tell you the truth. Every now and then, perhaps on a special occasion, or when my husband and I are looking for purposeful relaxation and are craving slowly sipping on something slightly sweet, fresh and cold while we get lost in a deep conversation, we'll have a little something-something to wet our whistles and to leisurely enjoy. And though it is fairly rare that we drink, there are times when my hubs gets into the mood to ... {more please!}

Simple Lemony Chicken & Spring Veggie Soup, A Little Sunshine In My Spoon

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There's a quality to the late spring and early summer sunlight that is different from any other time of year; it's yellower, brighter and seemingly more deliberate, somehow. The sun shines down on us from a high point in the mellow blue sky in this warm season, and for me, takes on an almost “tangy” quality—a lemony and piquant “high note”. Late spring and early summer remind me of one of my favorite pieces of produce that I so often use to liven up so many ... {more please!}

Soft & Pillowy Blueberry Breakfast Rolls, and a Sweet Request for Passion

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This morning at the table having a sweet little breakfast with my husband, we got on the topic of passion and how when it's plentiful, life has such clarity and meaning; but when it's lacking, moving through life can be a little like moving through murky waters that are hungry for the sun's rays to penetrate through. Really, there's nothing like passion to get a job done, and done well and with full intentionality. At this point in my life, I cannot escape the fact that ... {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

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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!}

“Winging It” with Some Coca-Cola Hot Wings, Korean BBQ-Style

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My husband and I have both been known to go a little gaga over Korean BBQ. It has that perfectly tastebud-mesmerizing combination of flavors that, once we start eating it, we can't seem to get enough of; with that toasty and nutty warmth of sesame oil, the mild heat of freshly cracked black pepper, the slightly lemony and spicy kick from fresh ginger, the warm pungency from garlic, the sweetness of brown sugar, or my favorite, Coca-Cola, and the “umami-ness” (is that a word?) of dark ... {more please!}

Cheesy Southwestern Four Potato & Veggie Casserole, A Colorful And Flavorful Mosaic To Feast On

Cheesy Southwestern Four Potato & Veggie Casserole, A Colorful And Flavorful Mosaic To Feast On post image

The world that we live in is an amazing place. It's full of colorful and shapely “bits and pieces” that make up the totality of our existence, just like the pieces of a puzzle make up a complete picture. All one needs to do is look out the window to bare witness to it. Whether one peers out and sees something natural such as the flowers in all of their brilliance, gloriously adorned in their colors and the various velvety robes that give them their individual ... {more please!}