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November 9, 2014

The Power of Cauliflower!

I’ve always loved the holidays! The magnetic energy, festive cheer, warmth and love provoke the best kind of happiness this time of year. Yet, with the holidays come the biggest temptation, and somehow I believe I can eat everything in sight without packing on an ounce of weight. I’m demolishing leftover Halloween candy that still…

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November 2, 2014

‘Tis the Season for Casseroles

Now that it’s November, the countdown to the holidays officially has begun. Are we feeling festive yet? ‘Tis the season for casseroles. There’s something so delightful about baking assorted ingredients together in a dish. As the oven’s heat works its magic, everything merges beautifully, and you’re left with a crispy, golden top and decadently moist…

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October 26, 2014

Shake, Shake, Shake it Off!

Thank goodness I’m not lactose intolerant. Not having the liberty to enjoy all the ice cream and milkshakes in the world would simply crush my being. But before this thought saddens me even more, let’s get right to the point. Simply put, dairy is my friend, and there’s nothing stopping me from indulging in as…

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October 19, 2014

Chimichurri Adds Spice to Life

In my past life, I truly believe I was a Latina. Why? Besides the fact that everywhere I go I’m often mistaken for being a Latina — Mexican, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Argentinian — I’m also in love with the Hispanic culture, the people, the dialects and, of course, the food! Hispanic food is generally…

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October 12, 2014

Asian-sensational Pancakes

You rise, they shine — “they,” as in pancakes, if there is any question about it. Now, we all know about my love affair with pancakes. Let me remind you about my epic MAC 24/7 pancake challenge experience. I mean, you have to love your hotcakes to even attempt to demolish four pounds of them…

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October 5, 2014

Cool down with the lowdown on cold noodles

Is there an attractive way to slurp up noods (noodles)? If so, my inquiring mind would love to know. All my life, I’ve been a complete sucker for noodles — ramen, pho, chow mein, pasta, pad Thai, somen and soba — you name it! And to be honest, in this recent, disgustingly humid and hot…

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September 28, 2014

Krazy for Kale

Living the good life sometimes comes back to haunt you. Darn! Recently, my visits to the gym have been nonexistent; instead, a few relaxing swimming sessions in my pool every week have sufficed. I spend my evenings in bed watching movies on LMN (Lifetime Movie Network) and relishing scoops of rocky road ice cream decked…

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September 21, 2014

The Crème de la Crème of Creme Brulee

Last week, I sneaked away on a little vacation with the family to San Francisco, and although I left my heart in the city by the bay, my battery is fully recharged. Truth be told, sunshine-filled days complemented by Mother Nature’s natural AC, gorging on everything under the sun, sightseeing, shopping, galavanting through Ghirardelli Square’s…

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September 14, 2014

Osso Buco, oh so nice!

Obviously, my job revolves around food, so if I were to disclose an essential fact about myself, here it is: I’m as carnivorous as a carnivore gets. Sorry, vegetarians, I’m a sucker for meat. I’d take a hearty slab of ribeye or tomahawk over fish or chicken (I’d have to think twice about fried chicken,…

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September 7, 2014

A Sprouting of Tomato Temptations

You say “tomayto,” I say “tomahto” … Call it whatever you want, the fact of the matter is that tomatoes are wonderful! Just the other day my friends and I were having a serious discussion about food. The topic: Foods we can eat every single day, and never tire of. Such a simple, yet passionate…

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