Sun Catcher Star Ice Cubes

This year the Summer Solstice will be on the evening of Tuesday, June 20th here on the Pacific Coast of the Northern Hemisphere.  That means the arrival of warmer days for us to stay out late soaking up the sun and enjoying the summer season.  The summer solstice actually marks the longest day of the…

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Under The Tuscan Sun Limoncello

As we stroll into June we can reflect on the many turns that the sixth month of the year represent.  According to the Roman calendar, June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage.  Perhaps that is why so many young brides crave a June wedding, aside from the very pleasant weather that…

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Shawarma Torta for Ramadan

It’s the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. It is a month-long period when self-restraint and self-reflection is practiced and Muslims fast with no food or drink from sunrise to sunset. For Muslims, fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who…

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Dutch Baby With Salmon, Avocado & Creme Friache

How was your Mother’s Day?  I hope everyone felt cherished and enjoyed spending time with their nearest and dearest.  I wanted to share my Mother’s Day brunch with you.  This is something that can be made for any Sunday brunch and it will charm your guests. There is no time of the day when pancakes…

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Flower Sugar Cookies

I noticed last Wednesday that florists had already set out their surge of flowers around SoCal (I was doing quite a bit of driving last week).  I thought it was a bit early, since the flowers would not remain fresh up to Sunday, however people have their reasons for starting celebrations early.  Then, it occurred…

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Nora Ephron Inspired Maryland Crab Cakes for “You’ve Got Mail” Movie Night

The movie “You’ve Got Mail” has plenty of foodie scenes.  Why wouldn’t it?  The film is directed and co-written by Nora Ephron, who was a food lover and the author of Heartburn, a novel in which recipes are threaded through the whole along with anecdotes which drive the story along and humanize the narrator and lead…

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