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Calorie Free Baking with the Kids

Everyone has special traditions that mean “Christmas” to them. One I remember fondly from my childhood was the annual event of my mom, my sisters and me, making Christmas ornaments from dough. I have been waiting for my girls to be old enough to bring back this tradition.

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Fall Dinner Menu

We always travel to my family’s house for Thanksgiving, so I’ve never had true ownership of the holiday. Knowing this, I often host a festive dinner right before the Thanksgiving holiday for close friends here in Santa Barbara. No turkey, but fall fare straight from the garden and farmers market, and this year, seasoned with inspiration from our recent trip to Piedmont.

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Travel: Nine Days in Northern Italy

Northern Italy in November… nothing could be more fun and “ful”filling! Thoughts of white truffles and Barolo danced in my head. Our amazing, fun and hilarious friends, the Robleses, joined us for this most anticipated adventure sans children. Venice, Piedmont, Milan, oh my! It was nine days filled with eating, drinking, laughing, truffle hunting, wine […]

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Flower Arranging 101

Arranging flowers is therapeutic, a delight to all my senses.  I love to create unique arrangements and bouquets, a trait I affectionately inherited from my mother.  I have memories of my mother coming home from brisk fall walks with sticks and leaves which she would transform into incredible creations on the mantels and tables throughout […]

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Buttermilk Whole Grain Crackers

One surefire way to impress your guests is to serve homemade crackers. Kim and I concocted these in preparation for Donald Link’s visit and they were amazing!

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Christmas Limas

Fresh shell beans are something that I do not grow myself but love to buy at the farmers market.

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Broccoli and Bok Choy Soup

This creamy soup is rich and satisfying and is perfect for a brisk fall day! I was tempted to add ½ and ½ at the end of the recipe, but after I blended and tasted the soup I realized it wasn’t necessary.

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Chicken Stock Sundays

Sunday mornings I almost always make chicken stock. Usually, I manage to have it simmering on the stove before the kids wake up. A batch of fresh stock gets me through the week for making rice, risotto, soups and beans. Typically, my menus for the week allow me to freeze half of the stock. When […]

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Pumpkin Bread

Nothing perfumes my kitchen more than a beautiful spiced pumpkin bread baking in the oven.  With fragrant cinnamon and ginger, this bread just feels like fall to me. Here is my twist on this seasonal bread that your whole family will love. I love to add coconut flakes and golden raisins which combine to give […]

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Pear Martini

The Community Environmental Council held a benefit this fall entitled “Green Gala”. My good friend Merryl, of Merryl Brown Events, www.merrylbrownevents.com, and I collaborated in the styling of this event. My intention was to make a green-tini, but what I ended up with was a green fruit cocktail that lacked any green color. The cocktail had […]