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Ahi Tuna Salad with Tomatoes and Citrus

December 4, 2017
Sublime Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Avocado, and Citrus
My post for this week includes how to make a sublime cool salad that is made with sashimi-quality ahi tuna, fresh tomatoes, avocado, and citrus.
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I Need a Great Appetizer! Mustard-Chutney Dip for Sausage Dippers

December 4, 2017
Mustard-Chutney Dip for Sausage Dippers
With the Holiday Season fast approaching, we think it'd be a great idea to supply you with quick, fabulous recipes that we ourselves love to prepare.
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Halloween Baking: Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake

December 4, 2017
Gingersnap Pumpkin Spice Cake
Admittedly, this story comes from a woman whose heart is really not in Halloween. Having said that, her heart revels in the joy of autumn baking.
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Such a Delicious Vegan-esque Pasta Alfredo!

December 4, 2017
Vegan-esque Pasta Alfredo
As one who is very much NOT a fan of cauliflower, I was amazed at how delicious - and clearly very healthy - this rendition is. See for yourself!
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Argentina and Italy Do Lunch

December 4, 2017
Minestra Stracciatella (Italian Spinach Soup)
It’s fun when two food cultures meet on one plate. At least I think so. Especially when they play nicely and are compatible, in a seriously delicious way.
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Summer Meets Autumn in a Soup Bowl

December 4, 2017
Creamy Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lemon
This mostly-vegetable soup has a hint of refreshing citrus. Served cold, it is an incredibly delicious way to cool off, and nourish oneself and others.
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Pappardelle, Parking on 3rd, and Pear Sandwiches!

December 4, 2017
Grilled Pear Sandwich, with Cantalet Cheese
April is apparently Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, so here is my contribution to this fine culinary moment in history!
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Trendy Enough? Avocado Toast with Duck Bacon and Pistachio

December 4, 2017
Avocado Toast with Duck Bacon and Pistachios
In another life, I was Consulting Chef for what I called the Avocado Board. I was regularly gifted with cases of just-ripe avocados to play with.
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Really Good Clean-Out-The-Fridge Recipes

December 4, 2017
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Years ago, I went with my best friend to her aunt's home for the weekend, & from the leftover beef roast we ate on Friday, we made the best taquitos on Saturday
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Handmade Pizza and Red Salad, Per Request

December 4, 2017
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It is with tremendous joy and pleasure that I share my handmade pizza recipe.
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Sublime Poached Peaches

December 4, 2017
Sublime Poached Peaches
Sublime accurately describes this simple, incredibly delicious little dessert. Especially if you have good dippers, which I address at the end of the story.
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Mezes the Foods of The Gods

December 4, 2017
Getty Villa-inspired Mezes
Whenever I visit an art museum, I come away entirely inspired to create new menus and recipes. I wonder why that is ...
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Musings On, And A Recipe For Mole

December 4, 2017
Simplified Chicken Mole
Stories about the origin of food are fascinating, & since today’s topic is Mexican Mole, I was thoroughly entertained to be reminded of how it was born!
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Perfect Lemony Summer Refresher

December 4, 2017
Lemon Sugar Cookies
As our LA temperatures rise and I trust people desire a delicious way to cool off, I’m reminded of one of my favorite recipes.
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This Recipe Is Like Butter, But Even Better

December 4, 2017
Tarragon-Orange Compound Butter
When asked, "What is your favorite ingredient to cook with?" I have to admit that it's butter. Add the right item and you can elevate it to a 5-star ingredient.
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Think Green in Delicious Ways!

December 4, 2017
Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
This week's post comes right on time for St Patrick's Day! Let me start by wishing everyone the Happy Luck of the Irish & reminding you to eat something green!
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A Lesson In Brazilian-Style Bacon-Wrapped Poussin

December 4, 2017
Bacon-Wrapped Poussin
The following is my yummy recipe. I am pleased to report that everything except the olive oil, brown rice, & barley, were purchases from my favorite Market!
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Potstickers recipe! - Happy Lunar New Year

November 20, 2017
potstickers
With practice you will become an expert at preparation. They might just become the new object of your obsession. You'll want to make them as often as possible!
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Help I Need to Bring a Vegetable Dish to Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017
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It’s not uncommon for vegetables to be a big stumper for contributions to the Thanksgiving table, even though autumn is abundant with fresh vegetables to use.
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Valentines Day and Texas Tea Cakes

November 20, 2017
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I brought home a program that had a recipe for Texas Tea Cakes. It's quote read,"Much of what we know about culture is learned through the sharing of food."
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Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

November 15, 2017
Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies
In my messy organization of recipes today, I came across the recipe and story of one of my favorite cookies that I used to bake with my mom every single year.
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Will The Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil Please Stand Up

November 7, 2017
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Other than butter, one of my favorite cooking ingredients, is extra-virgin olive oil. Do we dare put California’s hat into the ring for best olive oil?
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Spiced Chocolate Soufflés

November 7, 2017
Spiced Chocolate Soufflés
At the onset of each new year, while most normal people resolve to eat less sweets and avoid calories ... I always crave chocolate cake. Let me explain.
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Deconstructed Fish Tacos

November 7, 2017
Deconstructed Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are such a quintessential specialty of southern California. That is why these deconstructed fish tacos are one of my favorites to make.
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Aleppo Pepper Obsession

November 6, 2017
Aleppo Pepper Chicken
When I write about something, I always like to recall when I first fell in love with that something. I recall now, when I was first introduced to Aleppo pepper.
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A New Vinaigrette Obsession

November 6, 2017
Vinaigrette Obsession
When I made this vinaigrette, I wondered what would happen if I put it in the blender, added oil, and made it into a creamy vinaigrette? Here's what happened.
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A Glorious Way to Eat your Vegetables

November 6, 2017
Vegetables
This can really make eating your vegetables so pleasurable! And, with just a little prep, you can put this dish together at any time and, quickly.
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Summer Recipes for Cooling Off

November 6, 2017
Recipes for Cooling Off
Inspired by our Melting Pot Food Tours guide extraordinaire & Green Globetrotter Kendall Tuchkova, I tracked down some recipes involving cool summer seasonings
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Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

November 6, 2017
Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
For my own weekly meals, I prepare an extra portion of my clients’ menu items for my own convenience. That is where these delightful lettuce wraps started.
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Ricotta Sugar Cookies: 1st of The Best Cookie Recipes!

November 6, 2017
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My sisters & I grew up baking Christmas cookies, & I am the first to admit that the mindset of Holiday baking 'sets in' immediately after Thanksgiving dinner.
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Green Smoothie, Celebrity Style

November 3, 2017
Green Smoothie
If you know me, I not only love spotting celebrities, but also spotting where and what they eat. This green smoothie is the stuff of stars.
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Chocolate Chip with a Peppermint Twist

November 3, 2017
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peppermint
These cookies make an incredible gift offering. It is like you can taste the love in every bite of these simple, beautifully crafted peppermint cookies.
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A Must-Make Satay Recipe!

November 3, 2017
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I was in no mood to make this recipe at first, but I am here to tell you I resurrected this satay recipe to make dinner here at home tonight.
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Salmarejo - A Soup for Romance

November 3, 2017
Salmarejo
It recipe for Salmarejo is quite simple to prepare, incredibly delicious to eat, and has - quite possibly - surprising romantic qualities!
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If I Were His Chef: Apple Cake for Phil Schoen of BeIN Sports

November 3, 2017
Apple Cake for Phil Schoen of BeIN Sports
This week's muse is Phil Schoen, broadcaster extraordinaire for beIN Sports US. This is a recipe that would ideally capture his unique essence.
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Riccardo's Favorite Spicy Ginger Snaps

November 3, 2017
gingersnaps
These spicy ginger snaps have lots of stories associated with them, not the least of which is about them resonating with a beautiful Italian cousin of ours.
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Guacamole With A New Orleans Twist

November 3, 2017
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This Week's Appetizing News, we bring to you a guacamole recipe inspired by the New Orleans Saints, for their Super Bowl XLIV victory in 2010. Bon Appetit!
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Cool Off With This Refreshing Green Gazpacho!

November 2, 2017
Refreshing Green Gazpacho
Not surprisingly, this is a very forgiving recipe, & lends itself beautifully to switching it up each time. A classy presentation is on ice.
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Last Summer Blast: Fruit Pudding Cake

November 2, 2017
Last Summer Blast Fruit Pudding Cake
While the Original Farmers Markets are still brimming with the last of the summer fruits, this week our recipe is for one of the best cakes on the planet.
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Spicy Coffee-Rubbed Grilled Steak

November 2, 2017
Spicy Coffee-Rubbed Grilled Steak
If you, or those you love, love steak ... do I have a recipe for you. This earthy blend will have your diners coming back and asking for more!
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May’s Best Strawberry Cake

November 2, 2017
May’s Best Strawberry Cake
Once upon a time, in the early days of Melting Pot Tours, I was gifted with a 3-pack of fresh strawberries that inspired one of the best strawberry cakes ever.
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Bliss-Inducing Banana-Mango Bread

November 1, 2017
banana bread
When these sweet, silky-fleshed mangoes are used with a few dark spotty bananas bliss definitely comes to beautiful life, baked into pans of quick bread.
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Family Recipe Files: Aunt Fran's Lentil Soup

September 26, 2017
Aunt Fran's Lentil Soup
Homemade, from-scratch soup is such a heartfelt way to feed hungry bodies, minds, hearts, & spirits because we naturally add in love in a way that only we can.
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Family Recipe Files: Donna’s Macaroni Salad

September 26, 2017
Donna’s Macaroni Salad
This salad seems like a unique link to my past. For me, it just represents an important part of who I am, which is why I love to share it with people I love.
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