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A Cozy One-Pan Wonder: Fiesta Fried Rice, For When Keeping It Simple Is Simply A Must

Fiesta Fried Rice

Please forgive me for whining just a little, but this particular week seems to quickly be turning into one of “those” weeks when not only multiple things are vying for my attention, but I'm coming down with my now-annual and oh-so-annoying head cold to boot. And you know something? I'm beginning to feel the stress creep in like an arthritic shoulder senses the rain when it's on its way. Certainly you can relate, because you yourself have most likely been there, too, at some point. And ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Special: BBQ Chicken Puff Pastry “Rollitos”, And Brushing Up On My Juggling

BBQ Chicken Rollitos

This summer has evaporated just about as quickly as a tiny puddle of water in a pothole of a hot country road, hasn't it? It seems like it just made its entrance not long ago; I mean, weren't we all just preparing for the end of the school year? For backyard BBQ's and for celebratory parties marking graduations and the fun holidays of summer? I thought it's just me, but when I ask others if this particular summer has seemed to fly right on by, they ... {more please!}

A Cozy Lunchbox: Southwestern Red Quinoa & Rice Salad, Revitalizing From The Inside Out

Red Quinoa and Rice Salad

Something surprising yet wonderfully necessary happened in southern California this past week that happens only on rare occasion, unfortunately; it rained. And it rained down-right hard. And though my drive on the 101 freeway towards my client's house moved at a lethargic and sleepy snail's pace as people tried to figure out what the clear, liquid substance falling from the open sky was, I couldn't help but feel so very comforted by that sweet, precious, cleansing water that fell in cascading sheets onto my windshield, and ... {more please!}

A Cozy Resolution: Oh, To Be Like The Roasted & Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Food can be so very beautiful, and so very unique in its qualities. If we look closely enough and long enough, we can see a world of personality in food, a personality that yearns to communicate volumes in its own special way, if only we'll listen; if only we'll have the ears to hear. Food sustains and comforts us, provides sensual pleasure for us and gives us an opportunity to actually examine for ourselves how life begins and sprouts; how it grows and evolves over time. ... {more please!}

Cozy Cameo: Warm, Grilled Steak Salad Means Never Having To Choose

Cozy Cameo: Warm, Grilled Steak Salad Means Never Having To Choose Thumbnail

I love a crisp, cool salad, especially in the summer time. After all, I’m a woman; isn’t it programmed into my DNA? Just kidding. I also love a nice, juicy, medium-rare grilled steak. And ladies, don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about, because I get the feeling you do. Yes, it’s so very lady-like to eat a nice, healthy salad—-so good for the diet, so good for the figure. But you know just as well as I do that there’s something primal that ... {more please!}

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