Thanksgiving: Easy Casserole Side Dishes and Other Ideas

Casseroles are the easiest of side dishes – and here’s a list of recipes to include some of the traditional favorites with a twist – naturally – because that is how I roll 🙂 And then there is this dressing: Okay, okay – don’t panic – here’s a easy to make menu for that first […]

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So You’re Incharge of Bringing Dessert or That Appetizer For Thanksgiving

Some of us are fortunate enough to get invited to that wonderful relative’s house for Thanksgiving or even a group of friends if you happen to be far away from family. The only upside or down, is having to bring either a dessert or an appetizer to contribute to one of the most important meals […]

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Lifestyle: Keeping Healthy This Holiday Season

While discussing Thanksgiving with my mother a few days ago, I expressed my concern for keeping the menu healthy enough to continue my efforts to stay on track in my eating habits, which by the way I keep pushing on her, and my extended family. They may hate me now, but will thank me long-term […]

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Food: Wild Rice, Mushroom and Cream Soup

Oh it rained so hard last night in San Francisco, that it woke me up, when I heard some sort of dripping happening somewhere over the bathroom. Yikes! Not looking forward to what that could mean. Anyway, I normally announce what I plan to cook for dinner the day before – just to get everyone […]

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Food: Dinner Tonight – Salmon Sicilian Style

Salmon is a must in my household. At least once a week and although I love my simple oven-baked variation with ginger, sliced lemon and olive oil – I occasionally crave a more robust flavored variation – like this wonderful recipe from here: INGREDIENTS 4 salmon fillets extra virgin olive oil, for rubbing juice from 1 […]

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Food: French Toast, Pumpkin Spice and Cider

The need for comfort-food season is upon us and with it – this wonderful recipe for a Saturday morning or a Sunday morning breakfast if you saw this post too late in the game for Saturday. Either way oh yummyness: INGREDIENTS 1 loaf brioche bread, sliced into 1″ thick slices 8 ounces cream cheese (optional) 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup pumpkin […]

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Food: Dinner Tonight – Lasagna with a Butternut Squash Twist

I stocked up on all sorts of Autumn squash, not only for cooking, but for decor. These wonderful vegetables with the hard shells last forever. Although since they are my favorite, I am more than certain they won’t last in my household. For example, like this recipe for butternut squash lasagna for dinner tonight paired […]

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Food: Dinner Tonight – Pasta, Roasted Butternut Squash and Sun Dried Tomatoes

I had to run out this morning to get the ingredients for this amazing dish I found here. Paired with the perfect bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon I am good to go for tonight’s dinner INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound ground spicy Italian sausage 1/2 sweet onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, smashed kosher salt and pepper 1 […]

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Food: Dinner Tonight – Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are in season and naturally this is the time of year, I make this vegetable in so many variations and just devour a bunch in one sitting.  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this recipe and of course I had to share. Is your mouth watering yet? INGREDIENTS 2 slices thick cut […]

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Food: Are You Particular About Your Pasta?

I ask because I am. I take my pasta very seriously and will only buy certain brands from different grocery stores and a few from specialty stores. I also appreciate how wonderful home/restaurant-made pasta is. So, here’s an article you can read on your train commute home, about pasta and one chef’s list of which […]

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