Easter Traditions

March 28, 2013
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Is there really an Easter Bunny?  Why do we create Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs?  Who better to ask than Claude the enchanted hare? Claude tells me that the tradition of the Easter Bunny started in Germany in the 17th century.  Rabbits and eggs were ancient symbols of fertility and spring represented rebirth and […]

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Roasted Broccoli Soup

March 24, 2013
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It’s quick, easy and highly nutritious.  And it tastes yummy too.  What is it?  Broccoli soup!  March is that unpredictable month when it can suddenly be a warm summer day or it can decide to punish with cold rains and wind.  Either way, a vegetable soup is a welcomed meal. Many soup recipes take a […]

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Zen Garden

March 17, 2013
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A meditation garden would be a wonderful addition to any landscape.  We could all use a calming retreat to reflect and renew our spirits.  If I had the space and the funds I would build such a place.  But that is where the art of Miniature Gardening steps in and allows us to create a […]

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What is the Meaning of the Color Green?

March 15, 2013
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Spring makes its entrance dressed in green.  Bare branches slowly unfold their array of lime, olive, pistachio, jade, and emerald hues.  Snow melts revealing green sprouts, mosses and buds.  Green signifies the renewal of life as bare trees leaf out in splendor and sleeping bulbs awaken to poke their heads through the earth.

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse

March 10, 2013
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My avocados called out to me to be something other than a salad topping or a spicy guacamole.  They wanted to be decadent.  They wanted to reinvent themselves.  They wanted to be dessert.  I agreed.  So I set to work on transforming these soft green fruits into a luscious confection. I attempted this experiment once […]

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Heavenly Horticulture

March 3, 2013
Heavenly Horticulture

Flowers have their own language and lore.  The Victorians loved to send “secret messages” within a bouquet to express love or friendship during a time of strict moral codes.   Early Christians used flowers to represent religious meaning in their teachings to illustrate a point since the majority of their followers were illiterate.  The most famous […]

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

February 27, 2013
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These bright sunny lemons left at my door inspired me to make a light and fluffy cake.  I realize that most of the country is still shoveling snow or slogging through slush, don’t hate me because I’m a Californian. Cool nights and sunny days nurtured these lovely lemon trees to produce this soft skinned citrus […]

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Mafalde, Pasta with a Side of History

February 25, 2013
Mafalde with Caramalized Onions and Mushrooms

It was 1902 and Italy celebrated a new princess.  Mafalda Maria Elisabetta Anna Romana of Savoy was welcomed by her parents, King Vittorio Emmanuelle III and his wife Elena.  In honor of this royal birth, the palace chef devised a new ruffled ribbon noodle and christened it Malfalde. Mafalda grew up during a time of […]

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Orange Cake

February 20, 2013
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When life gives you oranges, make an orange cake! Southern California orange trees are hanging heavy with golden orbs.  They are luscious and varied and full of sweet juice.  They are loaded into stores and piled up in farm stands.  But there are backyard gardeners who nurture their own little citrus crops too.  And I […]

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Mini Meatball with Mushrooms and Chard Soup

February 17, 2013
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It’s a cool and rainy February day and the Ogre is nursing a cold.  No one wants an ailing Ogre in the house.  They tend to be grumpy and needy and always underfoot.  So I’m quick to get the healing energy of soup on the stove in order to get the Ogre back on his […]

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