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Appetizers & Beverages

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TweetEvery school morning I wake my daughter up at 6:20 am. And every morning she holds up an open palm begging for five more minutes of sleep. I tell her I’ll be back in five minutes after making my coffee and she whispers, “s m o o t h i e…” This is our morning ritual. I […]

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Tweet Don’t you love finding new places that were right under your nose the whole time??? A recent Girls Night Out led us to a charming local wine bar called Rancho Capistrano Winery. Nestled in downtown San Juan Capistrano, the environment is a world away- one of those restaurants that makes you feel like a vacationer in […]

Strawberry Bruschetta
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Tweet I hit up my local farm stand, South Coast Farms, on my way home from working out on Friday. The strawberries this season have been outrageous, baskets and baskets of pure berry sweetness filling up a large table every day at the farm. When I showed up Friday, the normal “strawberry” table was overflowing […]

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Tweet When my mom’s Meyer lemon tree was overflowing with glowing yellow citrus, I found myself the lucky recipient of a giant bag on my doorstep. I started researching all the delectable ways these lemons could be incorporated into recipes. It was an experiment that yielded beautiful cocktails and desserts, and one gorgeous roasted chicken. What […]

Meyer Lemon Limoncello
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Tweet Cheers to Easter weekend! Despite the increasing maturity of my peeps, now 17 and 14, I couldn’t resist shopping for their Easter baskets this week. Who doesn’t want to wake-up on Easter morning to jelly beans, Reese’s peanut butter eggs, chocolate bunnies and special gifts. I know I’m not alone in recalling how my son was […]

The Pearl Cocktail
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TweetIf there is any chance of denying your kids are growing up right before your eyes, it only takes a holiday or two to make it clear that there has been a shift. My “babies” are only 16 and 12 but gone is the Valentine’s Day frenzy of candy grams, homemade treats for the class […]

love bites
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TweetWhenever I buy a new cookbook or rip through a fresh- in-my-mailbox magazine, I dog ear pages like crazy, making notes left and right. I have a laundry list of creative endeavors I aspire to accomplish. I often find, however, that I get sidetracked – it’s an ongoing problem I call multi-tasking max out. I […]

caramelized garlic tart
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TweetHalloween morning has broken with fluffy gray clouds and temperatures more in line with fall. Here in Southern California, it has not been below 74 degrees since May. I heard that stat on the news yesterday and couldn’t believe it. I am soooooooooo ready for boots, scarves, jeans and hats. I am going to enjoy […]

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TweetFootball Sunday is here. So is Football Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Take your pick. When we find a free Sunday, it’s so much fun getting together with other families to hangout, watch football, eat, drink and chat the afternoon away. The next time you head out to someone’s house or they head to yours for […]

blooming onion pizza bread
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Tweet Christi and I were both blessed with amazing moms who are there for us no matter what. They are our biggest champions, friends, confidantes and aren’t afraid to keep us on track when we act sassy or grumpy (yes…who knows your mood better than your mom). We will each be celebrating our mom’s tomorrow […]

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Tweet So you may be asking yourself, “chicken and waffles……. is this something I would like”? The answer is…….”absolutely, yes”! I know this dynamic duo may seem a little far fetched, but just think about a salty and sweet culinary masterpiece in one bite. I very seldom order this when I see it on a […]

bite-size chicken and waffle appetizer
Bloody Mary Bronco Style

Tweet Across America this weekend, Superbowl Sunday is sure to be filled with scrumptious gut-busting food and lots of beer (can’t wait for this year’s commercials). In honor of Sunday’s “big game,” we veered off the beer path and created a Bloody Mary Bar that pays homage to each football team. I love the Bloody […]

superbowl bloody mary bar
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Tweet Traditional Deviled Eggs Ingredients: 7  large eggs, hard boiled and peeled 1/4 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise 1 tsp yellow mustard 2 Tb sweet pickle, chopped fine Salt and pepper, to taste Sliced olives for garnish Directions: Halve the eggs lengthwise and scoop out the yolk. Place the yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork. […]

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TweetWith the People’s Choice Awards just past, the Golden Globe Awards scheduled for this Sunday, and that special man “Oscar” not far behind,  Tinseltown’s Awards Season is in high gear. And with that I say, “TIME TO ENTERTAIN.” What better excuse to host a group of friends for food and drinks. One of my personal […]

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Tweet Brad Paisley said it best, “tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, so write a good one”! Cashmere Apron raises our glass to you, to wish you and your loved ones a year filled with good health and happiness, surrounded by those who you hold dear. Soon, 2013 will  be […]

A toast to 2014
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TweetIt’s the day before Thanksgiving which, in my house, means we are probably ordering Chinese take-out or indulging in Mexican food. If you have a house full of guests, you might have the same idea. Or, you may want to serve something quick and easy, curl up in front of the fireplace and have a […]

soppressata and cheese in puff pastry
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Tweet Two days and counting…I love to picture all of the homes across America preparing for Thanksgiving. Different traditions…different ways of preparing the big bird…different homemade “favorites” that make our mouths water. Although the Thanksgiving meal itself eliminates the need for any appetizers, we always feel compelled to serve something “light,” to kick off the […]

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The original at Tommy Bahamas

TweetStriving for Tommy B’s perfection…Christi and I visit the California desert together every year for the big tennis tournament held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. We are fortunate to be the guests of a dear friend who offers us her beautiful guest casita in Indian Wells. We never say NO (who would?) and we […]

grapefruit basil martini
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TweetMy girlfriend and I recently had the good fortune to accompany our husband’s on business to Washington, D.C. While they were working during the day, she and I explored the city. Located just two blocks from The White House is The Willard Hotel. It has a storied history dating back to 1820. Charles Dickens was […]

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TweetTomorrow night we are invited to an intimate dinner party at our neighbor’s home for a “Pre-Thanksgiving,” Thanksgiving meal. Last year they treated us to a homemade Oktoberfest dinner but October schedules this year were insane for everyone so we switched gears and rolled our tradition into November. As my neighbor and I chatted in […]

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Tweet It’s a week of spine chilling spirits, ghoulish garb, spooky tricks and lots of treats. If you are hosting the neighborhood this Halloween, set-up a fun “spirits” bar for your ghostly guests. You can easily turn your favorite drinks into festive Halloween versions of themselves using printable labels. At last year’s neighborhood party, Christi […]

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TweetThe Thanksgiving meal is pretty straightforward. Each family has their traditions and their favorite way of cooking the meal. But what about the rest of the holiday season? The number of potential events in the name of “The Holidays” are endless. What happens when you host? Are you a begrudging entertainer shamed into hosting an […]

antipasto platter

Tweet I discovered the Spicy Raspberry Syrah Preserves in a local wine store recently. It was LOVE at first bite. There are different blends to try but I love the slight spice of the chipotle chili against the tartness of the raspberries that make up this particular preserve. This is an extremely simple and eye-catching appetizer […]

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Tweet Food, Fun, Friends and Football! They all go hand in hand. The tailgate food featured this week at Cashmere Apron includes our “Bump and Run Baby Bells” and our “Touchdown Sweet Chicken and Bacon Skewers.” Most of your tailgate food can be made in advance and finished up at your tailgate (check out the […]

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TweetTis the season of Gridiron Glory! I’m living in a football playbook with talk of play-action-pass, shotgun formations and red zone percentages (and that is just the tip of the football iceberg). Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Sundays in the fall are the BEST. For many die-hard football fans, tailgating is a ritual […]

“bump and run” baby bells

Tweet Christi and I both love to entertain (hence the origination of Cashmere Apron). The question that always brings a slight panic to my mind after inviting people over is, “What to serve? What to serve? What to serve?” Through trial and error (mostly error), I have to come to learn that advance preparation is […]

watermelon margarita

Tweet I recently hosted a small get together and wanted to serve up an unexpected appetizer. I know my mom has been making 7-layer dip for years but changing it up into individual servings and plating on a large wooden tray added a different element. Easy to make ahead of time, these “mini-me 7-layer dips” […]

mini-me 7-layer dip
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Tweet I played tennis last week with a friend that is 5-months pregnant. She was telling us about her crazy infatuation with Noxzema (YES, the facial cream). She said she dreams at night of bathing in it. We all laughed knowing how pregnancy can make you desire the most peculiar things. Her comment reminded me […]

peanut butter and banana smoothie
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Tweet The first time Christi and I had this dip, it was simply divine. We were on vacation in Indian Wells at a friend’s beautiful home. We were lounging poolside under a late afternoon sun, overlooking the golf course with “goblets” of wine in each of our hands. Our friend brought this dip out on […]

layered cheese appetizer
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Tweet Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. peanut oil or olive oil 1 large onion, chopped small 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 pounds ground turkey 1/2 cup Asian peanut sauce (we use Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce) 1-1/2 Tb hoisin sauce (we use Hokan) 2 Tb soy sauce Juice of 1/2 a lime 1 seeded and minced jalapeño pepper 1 can […]

asian lettuce wraps
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Tweet Next week is Labor Day and who couldn’t use some great appetizer recipes? This appetizer is “shrimply delicious!” This week we are posting some great appetizer ideas that we hope will get you in the holiday spirit. This shrimp scampi appetizer pairs nicely with one of our favorites, Chalk Hill Chardonnay. Ingredients 2 pounds […]

shrimp scampi appetizer

Tweet Fresh summertime fare has been the pursuit of Cashmere Apron this week. We see the “Back-To-School” commercials and ads everywhere. ESPN is a flurry with pre-season football analysis and games (yay). And Fall’s fashion trends have been revealing themselves to us since July (have you seen the size of the September InStyle issue-it’s their […]

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Tweet This is the perfect appetizer for a warm summer evening. Fire up the grill and serve this bruschetta poolside with a cool glass of chardonnay or our beautiful “Garden Bloom” cocktail (see above) Ingredients 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 2- 4 inch sprigs plus 1 […]

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TweetIt seems as if we have hit our summer stride…warm nights (blazin hot if you are in Florida with Christi), beautiful sunsets, meals on the patio and every reason to ignore the tick-tick-tick of the calendar and the impending change of the fall season. And following are two more reasons to keep summer going…a fresh, […]

summer sangria
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TweetIngredients 2 shots of Pineapple vodka (we use Skyy) 1 shot of Cointreau Ginger beer 1 whole pineapple or pineapple spears, cut into squares 1 orange, cut into thick slices drink toothpicks crushed ice Directions Add crushed ice to a martini shaker. To the shaker add the pineaple vodka and cointreau and shake. Pour evenly […]

pineapple and ginger cocktail
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Tweet I went out on a limb with this recipe because I don’t eat fish myself (that’s Christi talking, not Terry). The recipe sounded so yummy (if I did like fish) so I thought to myself, “Why not give it a shot?” I went online to read other ahi poke recipes and the most frequent advice […]

ahi poke
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Tweet My daughter is a Type-1 Diabetic so I am always looking for low carb treats for her. I was particularly interested in this smoothie because of the chia seeds that are incorporated into the drink (see health benefits below). I know they aren’t as enticing as a box of Little Debbie snacks but I […]

low carb strawberry crunch smoothie
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Tweet A Toast to LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Happy Fourth of July.

a toast to our country
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Tweet Ingredients 2- 9 ounce bags of tortilla chips 1 can refried beans 2 cups of your favorite chili 1 small sweet onion, diced small 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2 fresh jalapeño, seeded and sliced thin 2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup homemade guacamole freshly chopped cilantro Directions […]

ultimate nachos
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Tweet Ingredients 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut 2 cups dry breadcrumbs kosher salt and ground pepper 2 cups all purpose flour 4 large eggs, beaten 24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined Dipping sauce 1/2 cup orange marmalade 1-2 Tb dark rum vegetable oil, for frying Directions In a large bowl, combine coconut and breadcrumbs and season […]

coconut shrimp
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Tweet Ingredients 3 Hass avocados, peeled, pit removed and chopped juice of 1 lime 1/3 cup onion, small dice 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 large tomato, seeded small dice 3 ears of grilled corn, cut off  the cob 1 garlic clove, minced pinch of red pepper flakes salt and pepper to taste Directions Gently […]

homemade grilled corn guacamole
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Tweet Ingredients 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced 3 avocados, diced small 1/4 cup chopped, sweet onion 2 ears of fresh corn, grilled and cut off the cob 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro 1 Tb olive oil 2 Tb red wine vinegar 4 oz crumbled, feta cheese pinch, red pepper flakes […]

avocado feta and corn salsa
Margarita with a little kick!

Tweet Ingredients 2 jalapeño split in half and seeded 2 ounces Cointreau 1.5 ounces jalapeño Tequila (instructions below) 2 ounces Rose’s Lime Juice 2.5 ounces Mango mixer splash diet Sprite Directions Let the jalapeño marinate in the tequila for 24 hours or longer. Mix the rest of the ingredients along with the jalapeño tequila. Mix […]

mango jalapeño margarita
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TweetIngredients 6 green onions, chopped small 8 radishes, chopped small 2 avocado, chopped small 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained juice of two limes 1/4 cup vegetable oil (do not use olive oil) 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro salt and pepper Directions Combine all ingredients and mix gently. Can be served with tortilla […]

black bean and avocado salsa
Margarita with a little kick!

Tweet Margarita with a little kick! Ingredients 2 jalapeño split in half and seeded 2 ounces Cointreau 1.5 ounces jalapeño Tequila (instructions below) 2 ounces Rose’s Lime Juice 2.5 ounces Mango mixer splash diet Sprite Directions Let the jalapeño marinate in the tequila for 24 hours or longer. Mix the rest of the ingredients along […]

mango jalapeño margarita

Soups & Salads

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Tweet My mom passed this scrumptious recipe on to me after attending a cooking class last weekend. She filled my inbox with a stream of images from the yummy dishes they were sampling and raved about this particular recipe so I couldn’t resist making it for myself. As usual, my mom was right. The Burrata […]

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Tweet Our friends at Red and Honey have a fun feature called Sunday Night Soups. Given that it’s a football Sunday in November, please enjoy this re-post from Cashmere Apron and check out the link to Red and Honey for their super yummy soup suggestions. Soup is one of those meals that warms your heart and […]

organic broccoli soup
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Tweet There’s a feeling you get every time you return to a place you love – a certain familiarity and time tested traditions you rely upon. One of those places for me is the island of Maui. My parents discovered it for the first time in the early 70’s and brought us almost every summer […]

leoda’s kitchen and pie shop, maui
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TweetIngredients Marinade 1/4 tsp Ancho Chili Pepper (kick up the spice by adding 1/8 tsp more) 1/2 tsp Cumin 1 Tb Italian Parsley, chopped 3 Tb Olive Oil, divided 2 Tb Butter, melted and slightly cooled Salad Ingredients 8 large, tail-on raw shrimp 5 pieces cooked bacon 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped 1 avocado, diced 6-7 […]

ancho chile dusted shrimp cobb salad
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Tweet When did kale get so popular? I don’t remember it ever being on the menu or the dinner table when I was growing up. Is it a cross breed of some sort? Did one farmer’s cabbage get planted with another farmer’s spinach (remind me to look that up!). I remember the first time I […]

kale salad with currants and feta cheese
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Tweet This Apple Orchard Cobb Salad is a unique twist on the traditional cobb salad. The Apple Cider Vinaigrette is heavenly on this salad and is also delicious tossed into a spinach salad. Apples are one of the only fruits I can think of that most people like. Didn’t we all grow up on apple […]

apple orchard cobb salad
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TweetIngredients 2 to 2 1/2 pounds roasted Butternut squash 3 Tb butter 2 leeks; white and soft green parts, diced 3 cups vegetable stock 1 cut up Granny Smith Apple 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/3 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp allspice sprinkle of thyme Optional toppings sour cream, chives, basil and bacon Directions […]

roasted butternut squash soup with leeks

TweetMy mom’s multi-talented bestie, Brenda, has treated us to many a homemade meal. This salad is one of my favorites because of the lightness and crisp bite of the salad dressing. Caesar salad, at least this one, is the perfect complement to an Italian holiday meal (or any meal for that matter). Thanks for sharing […]

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Tweet I have always loved the peppery taste of arugula. On one of my daily trips to Whole Foods Market (I go to this store A LOT), I decided to try a few of their mouth watering salads in the deli section. I loved the presentation of this corn and arugula salad with the corn […]

corn and arugula salad
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TweetA few bites of this and your family will recant the eye rolls and sighs of “uuugh,” when they learn “salad” is on the dinner menu. It’s filling. It’s versatile. It’s full of smoky and tangy flavor. And the ease of preparation makes it the ideal Wednesday on a Whim Meal. My daughter asked for this […]

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Tweet While visiting Charleston, South Carolina, I had the opportunity to visit The Charleston Farmer’s Market which is held every Saturday. What a treat to taste so many different fresh foods from local vendors. One of my favorite booths was Molly & Me Pecans. This Charleston company sells a variety of different gluten-free nuts sure to […]

peach salad with charleston pecans
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Tweet This chicken salad is often requested by my friends and family. Slightly salty with a hint of sweet honey. Baking the chicken results in tender soft meat which is perfect for chicken salad. I like to serve this chicken salad over avocado slices or in a crisp and cool lettuce bowl. Ingredients 4 skinless […]

slightly sweet chicken salad
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Tweet Summer schedules can get so busy and we don’t always have the time to make a three course meal. This summer salad is quick and simple. We like to pair it with one of our favorite dressings, Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette. Avocados are ripe and in season and you can take advantage of delicious […]

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Tweet Salad ingredients 2 Tb butter 1 (3-ounce) package ramen noodles, broken (discard flavor pack) 2 Tb sesame seeds 1 ounce slivered almonds 1 Tb sugar 1/2 (12-ounce) bag of broccoli slaw 1/2 ( 16-ounce) bag of cabbage slaw 2 green onions, sliced Asian Dressing 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup sugar 4 to 6 […]

asian cole slaw
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Tweet Ingredients 1 head of romaine lettuce, rinsed and drained and torn into small pieces 1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet onion 1/4 cup sliced Greek olives 1/2 red pepper sliced thin 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup peeled and thinly sliced cucumber 1 cup water packed feta cheese, crumbled 6 Tb olive oil 2 […]

greek salad
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Tweet Ingredients 1 watermelon seeded and cut into stars with a star shaped cookie cutter 1 Tb sugar 1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese 3 Tb  fresh basil leaves, julienned Directions In a small saucepan, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and the sugar. Cook over medium heat until reduced by […]

watermelon stars with goat cheese

TweetIngredients 1 bunch of romaine hearts, rinsed and drained 1 sweet potato, finely diced 1 Tb ground cumin 1 Tb chili powder 1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 3 ears of fresh corn, grilled and taken off of the cob 4 radishes, thinly sliced 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, […]

vegetarian mexican salad boats
Albondigas at 600

TweetI am half Mexican and half Irish and was born to parents that heavily celebrated their respective heritages – corned beef, Jameson and the Clancy Brothers in March; tacos, enchiladas, tequila and mariachis in May. As a kid, I remember going to my Nana’s house for Sunday morning brunch. A staple on that rotating menu […]

albondigas soup

Sides

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TweetI love holiday recipes that have a life of their own brimming with history, insight and love. This cherished Thanksgiving recipe was shared by one of my dear friends, Annie-Laurie. Annie-Laurie married into an Irish family of five, with her husband being the baby and the only boy. From day one, the family scooped her […]

alice’s stuffing
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TweetI asked a few of my best friends for their favorite family Thanksgiving recipe. My friend Lisa, always supportive of everything her friends do, sent me this recipe from her husband’s southern Georgia family. I made the dish (fluffy sweetness and savory scrumptiousness all in one bite), took pictures and sat down to write about it. […]

sweet potato soufflé
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TweetWhenever I buy a new cookbook or rip through a fresh- in-my-mailbox magazine, I dog ear pages like crazy, making notes left and right. I have a laundry list of creative endeavors I aspire to accomplish. I often find, however, that I get sidetracked – it’s an ongoing problem I call multi-tasking max out. I […]

caramelized garlic tart
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TweetSummer has arrived in Florida, and each day I’m trying to come up with something light and refreshing for my family’s dinner plate. This dish can be served as a side dish to a piece of grilled meat or just as a salad. I am lucky enough to have citrus trees in my yard, so I use […]

bulgur and citrus side dish or salad
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Tweet One of my favorite things about picking apples is going home and making apple butter. I hope you enjoy this easy recipe as much as I do. Below are some ways to eat this yummy spread. Ingredients 7 pounds of apples, peeled, cored and chopped. (I used a variety of organic apples that Terry […]

crock pot apple butter
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Tweet Ingredients: 1 pound haricots verts, ends removed Kosher salt 2 Tb unsalted butter 1 Tb olive oil 3 large shallots, large-dice 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper Directions: Blanch the beans in a large pot of boiling water for 1- 1/2 minutes only. Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water. Heat […]

green beans with shallots
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Tweet October brings with it many changes… pumpkins find their way onto the doorsteps of children waiting to carve them into scary jack-o-lanterns. Front doors are adorned with fall wreaths made out of last year’s colorful fallen leaves. Stores smell of cinnamon and although it looks completely silly, especially in sunny Florida, mannequins are decked […]

sweet potato stuffed orange cups

Main Dishes

Delicious combination of flavors from hours of slow cooking

TweetMid-week is here again and this is the perfect quick recipe for a crazy week and an unusually chilly day here in Southern California. The prep time is nothing (10 to 15 minutes) and it will be so relaxing to pull in from an afternoon of carpooling and smell the scent of this yumminess wafting through the house. My husband […]

slow cooker chicken curry
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TweetHow’s your Wednesday looking? If it’s anything like mine, and I’m sure it is, the day is packed. There’s a reason Wednesdays are called “hump day.” Before my head hits the pillow tonight there is laundry to be done, dry cleaning to be picked up for a traveling husband, email to answer, a car rental […]

fish tacos
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Tweet What better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo than with a group of friends making tamales. A few girlfriends and I embarked on this tradition four years ago. Originally, December seemed like a good time for this endeavor so we could serve tamales during the holidays. We picked a day right before the Winter […]

tamale making party
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Tweet There’s a feeling you get every time you return to a place you love – a certain familiarity and time tested traditions you rely upon. One of those places for me is the island of Maui. My parents discovered it for the first time in the early 70’s and brought us almost every summer […]

leoda’s kitchen and pie shop, maui
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Tweet Spring has sprung and this delicious quiche recipe reminds me of a Spring Break road trip I took in college. While many of my college friends went home for Spring Break, a few of my girlfriends and I loaded up my Mitsubishi Eclipse (it was the bomb back then!), and took off on a […]

veggie crustless quiche
St. Pat

TweetHaving grown up with an Irish father who was devoted to his heritage and roots, I thought everyone LOVED corned beef and cabbage. And while I have since learned that may not be altogether true, this Irish preparation by Bobby Flay will make believers out of those with the most dubious palates. Follow Bobby Flay’s […]

st. pat’s day feast
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TweetFresh. Simple. Wholesome. Delicious. Make-Ahead. These are just a few words I like to consider when making dinner. Serving a hot meal for my family is such a challenge most days with sports practices, carpools, school events, a traveling spouse, and other unexpected surprises. I know we have all heard it, “Mom, do we have […]

mini chicken parms
Finding Love in Elysian Park Burger

Tweet Last summer the TODAY show held a “Burger Battle” in search of the best original burger recipe and the inspiration behind it. I thought, “Why not?” I made taste testers out of my family. My son wouldn’t try it but my daughter (the more adventurous eater) and husband gave me a thumbs up. I […]

love in elysian park
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TweetIngredients Marinade 1/4 tsp Ancho Chili Pepper (kick up the spice by adding 1/8 tsp more) 1/2 tsp Cumin 1 Tb Italian Parsley, chopped 3 Tb Olive Oil, divided 2 Tb Butter, melted and slightly cooled Salad Ingredients 8 large, tail-on raw shrimp 5 pieces cooked bacon 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped 1 avocado, diced 6-7 […]

ancho chile dusted shrimp cobb salad
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Tweet Ingredients 1 package of low carb tortillas (I used La Banderita Carb Counter) 1- 32 ounce carton of  liquid egg whites 1-20 ounce bag Crystal Farms Simply Potatoes (diced with onions) 1 bag Jimmy Dean Turkey Crumbles Shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese 1 avocado, diced Jalapeno slices Fresh Pico De Gallo (recipe below) […]

southwest breakfast bowl
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Tweet I am always looking for meals that will feed a crowd. My husband and I enjoy having our friends over with their kids for dinner, so recipes that please the young and the old (well not so old…ha ha) come in handy.While most lasagna recipes are pasta noodles layered with beef, cheese and marinara […]

vegetable lasagna
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Tweet As I sit down to write this post, I reflect on my resolutions from a week ago and realize that I’ve failed. I had hoped to tell you that I was fitting back into my skinny jeans and was considering some swimsuit shopping, but I have to confess, none of this is true. My Christmas […]

chicken parmesan meatballs
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TweetWe have all been there…trying to serve a picture perfect holiday meal while sashaying through the kitchen with ease and elegance (that’s how I always see it in my head anyways). Sipping champagne, passing appetizers, and telling your guests, “Of course I don’t need help. Just relax. I’ve got it covered,” as sweat slowly trickles […]

herb roasted tenderloin filet
Honey Glazed Salmon

TweetWith the holiday season in full swing and the selection of sweets at their peak, this is the perfect weekday meal to re-boot your healthy taste buds. Honey and soy together have to be the perfect pair. Add in lime and fresh ginger and the flavors are elevated that much more. My kids love this […]

honey soy grilled salmon
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TweetIt’s the day before Thanksgiving which, in my house, means we are probably ordering Chinese take-out or indulging in Mexican food. If you have a house full of guests, you might have the same idea. Or, you may want to serve something quick and easy, curl up in front of the fireplace and have a […]

soppressata and cheese in puff pastry
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Tweet  While my bestie Terry is lighting evening fires, I am still turning down the air at night so that I can drop the blinds, climb into bed, and pretend it’s cold enough outside to pull up a blanket.  I have to remind myself sometimes that Fall is occurring in other places in the US […]

wendy’s chili
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Tweet Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Who can resist putting on a costume and pretending to be their favorite rockstar, cheerleader or even a Girl Scout like Terry and I did one year? I love having friends over for a quick bite and a creepy cocktail like The Black Widow Martini (look for the recipe […]

halloween spooky spuds bar
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Tweet Here is a fast, fresh and fabulous meal for you to prepare for your family. Turn up your grill or quickly cook these shrimp in your oven. This marinade is one of our favorites and is delicious on chicken and fish as well. Shrimp Ingredients: 32 medium size shrimp, peeled and deveined Soy Vay […]

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TweetI love this sauce because it is so versatile. You can make it a day in advance and then gradually re-heat when your guests arrive. If you follow our holiday menu, the only thing you will have to do during the party is cook the pasta (so easy) and toss the salad. You can create […]

holiday heirloom tomato marinara sauce
Comfort Food for the fam!

TweetI call this “My Mom’s Meatloaf” because that’s just what it is… my mom’s homegrown recipe. I grew up eating this simple and comforting dish on a weekly basis. It was a meal that my siblings and I all enjoyed and a dish that our mom could put together quickly after a long day at […]

my mom’s meatloaf
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Tweet Picadillo is one of my daughter’s favorite meals. This mildly spicy Spanish and Latin American dish is super easy to prepare and there is always enough to re-heat the following day. It seems that when we need something simple to make for dinner, we always repeat the same old casseroles or pasta dishes. Your […]

picadillo

TweetEverything about this sauce is good for your body– farm fresh Heirloom tomatoes (cancer fighting, low in calories), kale (superfood packed with enough nutrients to be one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet), parsley (often overlooked as just a garnish, it is a powerhouse of nutrients) and fennel (at its peak from fall to […]

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Tweet I seem to like everything that has the word cake in it…. crab cake, hostess cupcake and pancake.  This meal is no different. I like to shake things up a bit and challenge my family to a meatless dinner. When I do, this is one of their favorites. Cake Ingredients: 12 ounces cauliflower florets […]

cauliflower cakes with herb sauce
spicy shrimp lead

TweetPeanut Sauce Ingredients 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter ( I used Peanut Wonder) 1/3 cup water 2 Tb soy sauce 1-1/2 Tb rice vinegar 2 tsp chile paste with garlic 1/2 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt, divided 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined Cooking spray Pasta Ingredients 4 cups cooked linguine (8ounces uncooked) 1 […]

peanut noodles with spicy grilled shrimp
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Tweet You know how it goes in line at the grocery store…you look at your phone, scan the gum and candy rack, check out what the person in front of you is buying and peruse the latest magazine headlines….it’s a ritual. When I saw the cover of Bon Appetit with the headline, “Best Fried Chicken […]

skillet-fried chicken
Tequila Lime Collage

TweetA few bites of this and your family will recant the eye rolls and sighs of “uuugh,” when they learn “salad” is on the dinner menu. It’s filling. It’s versatile. It’s full of smoky and tangy flavor. And the ease of preparation makes it the ideal Wednesday on a Whim Meal. My daughter asked for this […]

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Tweet September is National Chicken month so Terry and I decided to dedicate this week’s posts to our fine feathered friends. We are posting some of our favorite chicken recipes like this chicken and rice casserole that was handed down to me. My great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mom all made this recipe for their […]

chicken and rice casserole
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Tweet Ok, let’s be honest…. some of you are just plain “chicken” to step out of the box on Labor Day. It seems like everyone wants to grill up a burger. Don’t get us wrong, Cashmere Apron appreciates a good burger but why not prepare something a little different? This chicken recipe is so simple […]

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Roasted Veggies over Ravioli

Tweet I love to stop at the local farm stand on my way home from working out. I also love the Mexican restaurant I pass by (it just depends on my mood!) On this day, I was feeling particularly healthy as I parked in the gravel parking lot of South Coast Farms with the night’s […]

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Tweet I was aware that the month of August was hot in Florida, but it seems as though someone has turned up the thermostat. Holy smokes, is it hot! With the weather being so warm, no one wants to eat a large heavy meal and this recipe is perfectly light. These shrimp cakes are moist […]

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Fried Green Tomato Lead

Tweet Right on the heels of my mom’s trip to the south this summer, Christi and her family hit the same locale. I love when people travel because you see all of their cool pics and hear about the fun stuff they are doing at every turn. One of my best friends is currently driving cross-country […]

fried green tomato stack with pancetta
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TweetOne of my favorite things about coming back home to Florida is picking fruit from the trees in our yard. This year I had to fight off the gardeners, neighbors, friends and even the local raccoons to get some of the mangos off of our trees. It seems as though everyone is in line to […]

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TweetYou can’t help but notice the effervescent colors and flavors of summer every time you are in the grocery store or pass by a local farmers market. It can be hard to break out of your mold because every family (especially those with kids) have their favorites and sometimes, the season is not that relevant […]

fresh peach-cherry salsa over grilled ha ...

TweetIngredients 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, diced 2 tsp Wright’s Liquid Smoke 1-1 ounce package Lawry’s taco seasoning 1-4 ounce can diced Ortega green chiles 1 1/2 to 2 pound London Broil (organic) 1-15 ounce can pinto or black beans (your preference) *Mary’s Spanish rice (recipe to follow) If you are pressed for time, […]

layered tostada bowls
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TweetCashmere Apron is a dual effort Christi and I worked on for more than a year before going “live.” We encountered our first speed bump when Christi was pulled back to Florida for her hub’s work (albeit temporarily). We have operated bi-coastally since March, before the launch of Cashmere Apron. Usually joined at the hip, […]

steak quesadillas
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TweetFor something fun and unpredictable this Fourth of July, why not try a Kitchen Clambake? Some clambakes are prepared on the beach but this traditional recipe can be prepared in one giant pot in your kitchen. The entire meal steams in about 30 minutes and once you spoon all of the ingredients into a pretty […]

holiday kitchen clambake
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Tweet At a glance these tiny little burgers may make you want to say, “Where’s the beef?” One bite and you’ll be hooked! Sliders may be small but they are mighty in flavor, and who can resist their cuteness? They are so simple to make ahead and they only bake for 10 minutes which is […]

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Lemeon-Pepper Pappardelle

TweetIngredients 1 bunch of fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed 1/8 pound pancetta Olive oil 1-package lemon pepper pappardelle pasta (I like Trader Joe’s brand) Fresh ground pepper Fresh parmesan cheese, shaved Fresh basil, julienned Directions Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Brush the washed and trimmed asparagus lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle fresh ground pepper sparingly […]

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TweetIngredients Extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice Kosher salt 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey 1/4 cup soy sauce 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated One 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped Optional Garnishes 4 […]

asian turkey burgers
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Tweet Ingredients 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp kosher salt; more to taste 2- 8ounce beef rib-eye steaks (about 3/4 inch thick) 2 tsp canola oil 1 small poblano chili, seeded and diced into small pieces freshly ground black pepper 1 generous cup of fresh corn kernels from two ears of corn […]

grilled steak with corn salsa
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TweetIngredients 1 pound  fresh grouper fillets, cut into 4 ounce portions Greek seasoning 1 – 14.5 ounce can of stewed tomatoes 1/2 cup Greek olives, pitted and sliced 4 ounces feta cheese Directions Preheat outdoor grill to medium high heat and oil the grate to prevent sticking. Sprinkle grouper with the Greek seasoning. Place on […]

grilled greek grouper
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TweetCould the end of the school year be any more stressful? It seems as though school squeezes in the last bits of educational information into the worn out minds of our kids who have started to mentally check out with visions of summer tempting them. School sports are winding down but still going full force […]

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Tweet “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll gladly stand up next to him to defend her still today, ’cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.” Song […]

memorial day bbq in a jar

TweetI always start Mondays with the positive affirmation that THIS is the week my organizational skills go into high gear and stay there. Laundry will be done every day to stay ahead of the curve. Each child’s bevy of school and sports uniforms will make it into the proper drawers and in the proper rooms. […]

souped-up sloppy joe sliders
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Tweet Ingredients 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes in puree 1 small jalapeño chile (ribs and seeds removed), minced 2 small onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves (2 whole, 1 minced) coarse salt and fresh ground pepper 1 can (19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tb chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, chopped small 1/2 […]

vegetarian stuffed poblanos

Desserts

TweetLooking for a whimsical and light last minute summer dessert- perhaps for that big holiday right around the corner??? Try these individual Killer Key Lime Bites. There’s no worry about making a perfect pie crust because you use limes to hold the filling and you can whip up the key lime pie filling in a […]

Killer Key Lime Bites
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Tweet It’s hard to beat a chocolate soufflé, period. But when I found myself with bags of Meyer Lemons (compliments of my mom’s Meyer Lemon tree that seems to be on steroids), I wanted to explore a few ways to use the citrusy fruit. I came across a Martha Stewart recipe for a lemony soufflé pudding and […]

Meyer Lemon & Raspberry Soufflé
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Tweet When a large bag of Meyer Lemons lands graciously on your front porch the question begs…what to do with Meyer Lemons? My first instinct, which was covered in my last post, was to make Meyer Lemon Limoncello. Sipping Limoncello in the warm Italian sunshine is one of my most vivid memories of a long-ago […]

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Tweet When my mom’s Meyer lemon tree was overflowing with glowing yellow citrus, I found myself the lucky recipient of a giant bag on my doorstep. I started researching all the delectable ways these lemons could be incorporated into recipes. It was an experiment that yielded beautiful cocktails and desserts, and one gorgeous roasted chicken. What […]

Meyer Lemon Limoncello
Lead Halloween

TweetIngredients one dozen vanilla cupcakes (use your favorite recipe) melting chocolate salted caramel popcorn caramel sauce pastry bag or squeeze bottle melon baller parchment paper Halloween cupcake liners Buttercream Frosting Ingredients 1 lb box of C&H Pure Cane Powdered Sugar 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 stick salted butter (softened) Directions Make vanilla […]

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Tweet Labor Day almost requires that our toes not leave the sand – summer can’t really be (almost) over, can it? Wimbledon, Fireworks and the Fourth of July had my attention just yesterday it seems. If you’re planning on celebrating and entertaining this weekend, try a fun and easy dessert that’s the epitome of summer […]

root beer float popsicles
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Tweet Ingredients 2-3 large peaches, peeled and diced 2 cups+2Tb cranberry juice 1, 8 1/2 ounce bottle of prepared Bellini (find in your grocery store’s chilled spirits section) fresh mint leaves popsicle mold Directions Place peaches in a blender and add 1-2 Tb of cranberry juice. Blend until the peaches are pureed into a liquid […]

fresh peach and bellini popsicles
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Tweet My kids LOVE Oreo ice cream pie. This wasn’t on the day’s TO-DO list but when I saw the “Limited Edition” S’mores Oreos staring me down at the end of the grocery aisle, I couldn’t help picture an ice cream pie using these cookies. And, of course, Dreyer’s just happened to have S’Mores ice cream when […]

s’mores ice cream pie
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TweetRaise your hand if you’ve heard this familiar refrain, “Mom, don’t forget I need [insert food item here] for class [insert urgent date here]. I admit that my son did give me the weekend to prepare, although he had a basketball tournament on Saturday and Mother’s Day was yesterday (Sunday). Timing, eh? My son needed […]

mexican chocolate doughnuts
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TweetIsn’t it annoying when a recipe calls for a few sprigs of a particular fresh herb and you are essentially left with the full amount? In my case, the culprit was thyme, whose two sprigs capped off my perfect pot roast. Rather than toss the bunch, I decided to try a few different recipes and […]

lemon-thyme cake
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TweetIf there is any chance of denying your kids are growing up right before your eyes, it only takes a holiday or two to make it clear that there has been a shift. My “babies” are only 16 and 12 but gone is the Valentine’s Day frenzy of candy grams, homemade treats for the class […]

love bites
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies

Tweet Perfect for any holiday or special occasion, these White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies are highly addictive. A friend gave us some after her annual family cookie baking session in early December. Everything she gave us was yummy but my kids went wild for these delicious morsels. They are soooooooooo easy to make that I gave them […]

white chocolate peanut butter krispies
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TweetThe perfect little dessert for any occasion, these cakes are tailored for Valentine’s Day with bright red strawberries, fresh cream, chocolate zest and mint. Ingredients: Cake Use your favorite vanilla/white cake recipe Add 1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest Add 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon Add 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Large 6-well cupcake pan Fresh Whipped Cream […]

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Tweet This year in particular, it seemed like “pumpkin fever” took hold before I could finish licking the Labor Day barbecue sauce off my fingers. If an item wasn’t pumpkin flavored, it was pumpkin infused, laced or scented from bagels to pudding to chocolate and beer. If you happen to be on pumpkin overload and want an […]

pistachio torte
Frankie Final LEAD

TweetIngredients 3 Tb butter 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows + 12 to 16 additional marshmallows to create side screws on Frankie’s head 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal 11-12 drops of green food coloring 1 package mini chocolate chips or Dolci melting chocolate black licorice strands cut into 1” to 1/2” pieces decorative sugar in green, […]

fabulous frightful frankies
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Tweet Ask a 14 year old what the best use of a lemon is and they may tell you it’s to squeeze on your hair, and lay in the sun to lighten your dull, dreary locks.  Ask your grandmother this same question, and she may tell you that it eases digestion, cures bad breath, and freshens […]

lemon cake
Leodas Lead

Tweet There’s a feeling you get every time you return to a place you love – a certain familiarity and time tested traditions you rely upon. One of those places for me is the island of Maui. My parents discovered it for the first time in the early 70’s and brought us almost every summer […]

leoda’s kitchen and pie shop, maui
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Tweet Ingredients: 2 boxed white cake mixes (plus oil, water and eggs to make them according to the package) Your favorite buttercream frosting Sprinkles or decorations Food dye Cake ball maker or pans Directions: Make one of the cakes according to the package directions. Separate the batter into different bowls and use food gels to […]

polka dot love cake
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TweetWith the People’s Choice Awards just past, the Golden Globe Awards scheduled for this Sunday, and that special man “Oscar” not far behind,  Tinseltown’s Awards Season is in high gear. And with that I say, “TIME TO ENTERTAIN.” What better excuse to host a group of friends for food and drinks. One of my personal […]

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Tweet This is the most simple holiday treat that even the busiest person can make. Everyone loves chocolate covered pretzels, and I think these are the best because we used Pretzel Crisps. What could be better than a crispy, salty pretzel dipped into a sweet chocolate covering then topped with an array of embellishments? I […]

christmas pretzel crisps
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Tweet Type 1 Diabetes has played a significant role in my family’s life. It started back in the 80’s when my 17 year old brother was diagnosed with this disease. Telling a teenage boy that he must check his blood sugar every few hours, monitor his diet and take insulin injections multiple times daily was not […]

love this sugar-free pumpkin pie
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TweetNeed a wickedly ghoulish dessert for a Halloween party??? Welcome to Mummywood! Ingredients one box Betty Crocker cake mix (white cake used here) one box  of  basic ice cream cones candy eyeball decorations by Wilton Betty Crocker vanilla whipped frosting Other Items decorative Halloween themed scrapbook paper clear Avery labels 2 to 3 white paper […]

halloween mummy cake cones
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TweetI am not a fan of anything with milk. I blame it on a bad childhood experience (enough said). So when Christi showed up to our dinner party with Panna Cotta, I already knew there was no way the beautiful dessert was going to pass my lips. I mean look at some of the ingredients – […]

panna cotta
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Tweet Remember the Twinkie box??? It’s red, white and blue with an animated Twinkie dressed like a cowboy and the description, “Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy filling.” Having grown up in a household with yummy BUT very healthy food all the time, I loved seeing that Twinkie box in the cupboard every once in a […]

twinkie cupcakes
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Tweet My daughter (Christi’s daughter) is a Type 1 Diabetic so I am always looking for delicious recipes that are low in sugar. As many as three million Americans have Type 1 Diabetes. Each year, more than 30,000 children and adults are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Living with this disease is a constant challenge […]

splenda, lemon and blueberry muffins

TweetThis is a great dessert because you don’t have to heat up the kitchen to make it. The Nutter Butter cookie crust on this pie requires no baking and very few ingredients. How simple is that? I think next time I will try to lighten it up and substitute the peanut butter with Peanut Wonder. I […]

no-bake nutter-butter/peanut-butter pie
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Tweet On my first visit to Oahu, Hawaii, I had a fairly short “to do list.” First on my list was to be greeted by a beautiful Hawaiian placing a fresh smelling lei around my neck, followed by surf lessons and a traditional Hawaiian luau (real pig and all!). After checking these experiences off my […]

pineapple upside-down cake

Tweet There isn’t a dessert that screams warm Florida sunshine and gorgeous beaches like key lime pie. Many travel to the Florida Keys in search of the “perfect” key lime pie experience. I traveled, I tasted and after almost 10 different “ah-ha like moments,” I chose the key lime pie from Sundowners in Key Largo to […]

my favorite key lime pie
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Tweet Who says that chocolate covered strawberries have to be boring?? This is the perfect patriotic treat and so simple to make. Grab your  kiddos, they will enjoy making them with you. Hold on to the recipe ….. Christmas is 175 days away and these are just as eye catching using green sprinkles. Ingredients 1 […]

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Tweet Here is the perfect snack to put into your child’s summer camp lunch box or into your beach bag on your way out the door for a day of fun in the sun. Why reach for a packaged granola bar when these are so simple to make and delicious to eat. You can change […]

soft and chewy granola bars
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Tweet Ahhhhhhhhh….the beginnings of summer are here. And what better way to kick off this Memorial Day weekend than with FOOD, GLORIOUS, FOOD! Our post before this highlights a unique and delicious Memorial Day BBQ meal (you can scroll down to see it) and today’s post follows with a festive patriotic berry trifle and watermelon stars […]

patriotic berry trifle
lavender lemon bites

Tweet Summer was definitely in the air this past Mother’s Day weekend. After a few weeks of May gray, Saturday dawned hot and sunny. I had been waiting to bake with the lavender sugar I picked up on my last visit to Ojai. While kids were swimming in the backyard and playoff basketball was being […]

lavender lemon bites

Tweet Muffin Ingredients 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup regular oats 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup mashed ripe banana 1 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 2 Tb canola oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 large egg 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple in juice, […]

tropical muffins with coconut topping