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“Cry no more” lentil & bone broth soup with parsley garlic oil

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Two weeks ago,  our hearts were broken. Our amazing dog of 14 years, Bacon the incredibly insightful and sensitive pug, was finally released to the next realm. On November 9th of 2001, I adopted Bacon when he was a puppy of 8 weeks old. In truth, Bacon picked me, and I’m so grateful he did. At the breeder, […]

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In Memory of Chandler Groves: A Simple Lesson To Remember

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When my husband Scott and I moved to Copperopolis, a small foothills town on a lake located between San Francisco and Yosemite last spring, we had to take some time to adjust to the quiet of the country after living for 10 years in the thick of bustling Los Angeles. We both work from home […]

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Fresh Fish Stock

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So I FINALLY got to go fishing for my birthday – a lovely and generous trip with a guide booked for me by my husband Scott. We launched the boat shivering with excitement in the early darkness yesterday morning onto New Melones Resevoir in Calaveras County with Monte from Gold Country Sport Fishing  , a […]

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Traditional French Recipe for Chicken Broth

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I get sentimental when I cook. I think of friends, family, travels I’ve had and those trips I have yet to take. When I made this recipe, I dreamed of Paris. I have never been to Paris. Still, dreamlike sequences, snapshots from movies, from photographs combined with stories from friends about the foggy mist making […]

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Polenta with Chicken Broth

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“What people and lumpy polenta have in common.” Imagine you were a cozy, dry particle of cornmeal, awakened from slumber with the brutal act of being thrown into a pot of unfamiliar boiling matter…you’d probably want to clump together with the other grains of cornmeal wouldn’t you? Food often reminds me of people. I had […]

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Chicken and Spinach Enchilada Casserole with Poblano Cream Recipe

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We were married in Punta Pescadero, Mexico in June of 2008. We had decided to have a smaller more intimate wedding with our family and closest friends. Part of our motivation was that my sisters live in Canada, Germany and my honorary sister lives in Norway, and we needed a way to get everyone to […]

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Tortellini in Broth – Simple and Elegant Recipe

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One of the favorites dishes in our household is also one of the most simple recipes we make. We start with a trip to “Italian Disneyland” otherwise known as Roma Italian Market, in Pasadena, which you can read about in detail on my other blog alilovesla.com You stand in line and blissfully taste the cheeses […]

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Tips: How to Roast and Peel Peppers

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We use roasted peppers frequently in our cooking. If we are BBQing we do it on the grill, occasionally I do it on a burner turned on high or in the oven under the broiler. Recently we did it in our woodstove. Ingredients Tongs, Heat Source, Peppers, bowl, Water Instructions Step 1: Stick peppers in, […]

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How To Make A Souffle: Gorgonzola Souffle Recipe

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A Souffle is an important dish to add to your culinary repetoire whether you are a beginner or a skilled cook. The wonderful thing about souffle’s is that they can be easily modified to be savory or sweet, for a whole range of different ingredients and flavors and the basic technique stays the same.  No, […]

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Valentines Day Gift Ideas: A Recipe for Finding Love in the Kitchen

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Generally, the idea of “Valentine’s Day” makes me gag like a Scandinavian spoonful of lukewarm lutefisk as I consider it a “manufactured” holiday designed to make women feel lonely, men feel abused, and to help restaurants, candy stores, florists, jewelery marts, card makers, makeup manufacturers and diet plans experience the cash infusion they so need […]

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