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April 6, 2011
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I’ll Have A Number 6 Please

There are Mexican restaurants all over California, but there’s only one La Super Rica and that’s located in Santa Barbara. It’s a must stop for us if we’re any where in the vicinity. As you stand at the counter to place your order you can watch the tortillas being made. It doesn’t get much fresher […]

March 2, 2011
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Spoken Like A Native

I want to share a description of Italy that all of you Italophiles will certainly be able to relate to. It was written by Francesco Bucci, one of the owners of Papplecco Gelateria in San Diego. When I first read it, I was struck by the fact that Francesco, a native of Pisa, completely understands […]

January 24, 2011
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The Glory Of Winter

While much of the country is either digging out from the last storm or preparing for the one that’s on the way, we lucky residents of southern California are basking in unseasonably warm weather. Sorry to everyone that’s not here. You can thank us though for the great produce that the state sends to stores […]

January 19, 2011
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Puff Pastry Demystified

I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new recipes or techniques. I figure “what’s the big deal?”. If you’re at home in your own kitchen, why worry about attempting something new? If it’s great, you’re the hero. If not, well, you can toss it out! So why have I never made puff pastry? Maybe […]

December 14, 2010
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What’s For Lunch On Your Birthday?

What would you eat for your birthday lunch if you were given a choice? Would you go to a fancy restaurant and order four or five courses? Would you spend time researching the best places in the town you’re visiting? Or would you make the decision to eat exactly what you love best, even if […]

December 11, 2010
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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…

…well, you know the rest of that statement. It’s definitely the holiday season and as much as I don’t really care for the insanity involved with this time of year, I do love looking at the shop windows all decked out for Christmas. This photo is from a trip to San Francisco a few years […]

December 6, 2010
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Market Magic

I haven’t blogged much in the last few weeks. I could blame it on the holidays or maybe I should just confess and admit that I haven’t been feeling very creative in the kitchen. Over the weekend I got just what I needed-a big dose of inspiration from our visit to the wonderful Santa Barbara […]

August 5, 2010
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Gjelina-Los Angeles

Run, don’t walk to this incredible restaurant on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Ca. Ever since its opening two years ago Gjelina has been on my “must visit” list. I did actually attempt to go more than once, but in the beginning it was only open for dinner, and I was always in LA at […]

August 2, 2010
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Feed Me

I am a woman of simple tastes. I don’t need fancy bags or designer shoes and I’m even satisfied with not dining at the restaurants of famous chefs. It doesn’t mean that I don’t think it would be nice to have these things, it just means that I can live without them. Maybe one of […]

July 27, 2010
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The Fruits Of Our Labor

I’m fascinated by the old fashioned art of canning. I dream of opening my pantry and seeing jars of summer fruits and vegetables neatly lined up, waiting to be opened in the middle of winter. It’s not something I learned hanging on my mother’s apron strings. I’m quite sure she never canned anything. When I […]